The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation

The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation (Foundation) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting psychoanalytic education and training, and to encourage innovative community-based programs and research efforts that enhance public awareness of psychoanalysis and its value.

We believe that psychoanalytic theory can contribute to society’s efforts to confront and deal with issues such as violence, group conflict, and prejudice. Psychoanalytic insights can benefit:

  • Individuals who wish to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationships
  • parents in understanding and raising children
  • teachers in managing classes and improving teaching techniques
  • business leaders in building strong and effective organizations
  • the judicial system in deliberating and making optimal decisions


The Foundation Board

The Foundation is governed by an independent board consisting of psychoanalysts and friends of psychoanalysis who believe that psychoanalytic theory speaks to a broader spectrum of social and cultural issues, and that psychoanalysis can provide a unique foundation to assist individuals, organizations, and communities reach their fullest potential.

Board Members

Kathleen Ross, PhD, Chair & President
Lana Fishkin, MD, Director
Ralph Fishkin, DO, Secretary
Annarita Gentile, MSS, Director
Homi Kapadia, MBA & MS, Treasurer
Shireen Kapadia, PhD, Director


Current Funds and Projects

The Patricia Claffie Fund provides scholarships for social work students who wish to expand their understanding of human behavior through psychoanalytic training.

The Harry L. Friedberg Fund encourages the use of film to further public understanding of psychoanalysis and provides seed money for the development of appropriate projects. In recent years we have collaborated with Temple University's graduate program in Film and Media Arts to award student projects.

The Edward L. Hicks IV, MD Scholarship Fund was established in the memory of Edward L. (Ted) Hicks, a highly regarded psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who served devotedly in leadership roles at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia for over forty years. This scholarship helps clinicians train in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in order that Ted’s commitment to psychoanalytic treatment and psychoanalytic thought  continues to flourish.

The Henri Parens Hope Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Henri Parens, MD for his over fifty years of dedicated work and in keeping with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia’s commitment to community service. This scholarship’s purpose is to support students of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia who are financially challenged and who have expressed an interest and plan to apply psychoanalytic knowledge to the understanding of social problemswith the intention to improve the life of individuals, especially children and the underserved.

The Margaret Mahler Symposium on Child Development, an annual program presented in Philadelphia, brings together mental health professionals and students from throughout the U.S. to discuss the latest developments in the field.

The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and its programs are a major focus for the Foundation. The Center has been a valued educational and clinical resources in the greater Philadelphia area, attracting and training the best clinicians to the field of psychoanalysis.


Foundation for the Future

There are numerous ways in which the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia can address the many needs of the greater Philadelphia community. But to achieve these goals, a stable source of financial resources is needed.

The cost of psychoanalytic training and treatment can deter many from using these valuable resources. A Foundation Scholarship Fund has been established to allow the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia to provide scholarships to clinicians-in-training. The Foundation Endowment Fund enables the Foundation to support and encourage innovative programs, bringing the insights of psychoanalysis to address important social and cultural issues and move the field of psychoanalysis forward.

In addition to providing scholarships, the Foundation provides financial support for various educational and outreach initiatives of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.


How to Apply for Funding

All grants are limited to specific projects or programs that encourage the advancement of psychoanalysis, applied psychoanalysis, and innovative programs to enhance public awareness and advocacy for psychoanalysis in the community. No grants are awarded only for overhead or general promotion of the recipient organization. Preference in awarding grants will be given to the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia as the only member of the Foundation, although the Center will not be the exclusive recipient of grants. 

Initial consultation regarding an application should be directed to Kathleen Ross, PhD, at [email protected].

Grant Application


  • Programs requesting funds independent of the Center must be, or operate under fiscal sponsorship of, a registered 501(c)3 organization.
  • The Foundation makes discretionary grants totaling not more than 5% of the average annual unrestricted fund balance over the past 5 years, as calculated at the end of each fiscal year.
  • Requests are considered at regular board meetings which are held several times through the year. Requests must be submitted in writing to begin the consideration process at the next board meeting.
  • Requests must include a description of the program (including need, goals, methods, time frame, etc.), a detailed budget listing other sources of funds (e.g. fees, other grant sources).  Additional material may be requested as needed by the Board to evaluate specific requests.

Completed grant applications should be either mailed to:

Kathleen Ross, PhD, Chair & President
The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation
Rockland – East Fairmount Park
3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Or emailed to:
Kathleen Ross, PhD at [email protected].



The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation is supported by gifts and bequests from individuals. Our goal is to establish an endowment which will provide a stable financial resource for PCOP, and which will enable the Foundation to support and encourage innovative programs that apply the insights of psychoanalysis to addressing important social and cultural problems, and advancing the field of psychoanalysis. At the time of a donation, a designation can be made allocating the donation towards General Initiatives, Scholarships, Outreach, or to one of the specific scholarship funds listed above. 

Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to:
The Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation
Rockland – East Fairmount Park
3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19121