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Board of Directors

Advisory Board:

  • John Brodsky
  • Gary David
  • Vernon Kelly
  • David McShane
  • Mark Tomkins
Lauren Abramson
Co-Chair

The first article Lauren Abramson was assigned to read for her Biopsychology graduate program was Tomkins’ “What and Where are the Primary Affects?” The richness of the theory combined with sound empirical evidence therein set a standard for journal articles that left room for much disappointment in subsequent reading. After meeting Silvan Tomkins in 1987, she worked with him on the relationship between the face and personality during the last years of his life. Lauren continues to be excited by her ongoing exploration of the implications of Affect Script Psychology for personal and cultural awakening. Understanding and applying ASP in a variety of settings (medical, social work, psychotherapy, education, sailing, business, organizations) is a lifelong endeavor. Since 1995, Lauren has used Affect Script Psychology to build an innovative Restorative Justice/Conflict Transformation program in inner-city Baltimore (www.communityconferencing.org), and continues to write about the role of emotion in individual and collective conflict transformation, community development, and peacebuilding.

Mary Abrams
Co-Chair

Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, brings passion, skill, and an inquisitive spirit to her teaching,
offering detailed attention to breath, sensation, and emotion for the health of your entire being. She is founder of Moving Body Resources (1999) in New York City and leads the Masters Degree Dance & Somatic Well-Being course from the University of Central Lancashire (UK) in the USA. She is an Authorized Continuum Teacher and has an MA in Consciousness Studies focusing on embodied movement practice and theory.

Mark Tomkins
Board Member

The only child of Dr. Silvan Tomkins, Mark is responsible in part for many his father’s theories. When Mark was born, Silvan Tomkins took a sabbatical to be with his family, and became fascinated with the facial expressions and affective displays of his infant son.

Mark completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology with distinction at Boston University in 1978. His thesis was entitled, “The Effects of Institutionalization.” He received a degree in Funeral Science in 1999 from St. Petersburg College. He did additional graduate studies in Psychology at Harvard and in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.

He has founded several successful businesses in the following industries; computer interconnect, military security, cellular technology, and medical administration. He is currently working in the death care and bereavement industry as the General Manager of a group of eight funeral homes located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Susan Leigh Deppe
Secretary

Susan Leigh Deppe, M.D., is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont (USA) College of Medicine, where she teaches the psychiatry resident seminar on spirituality. She has been in solo private practice since 1990. In Don Nathanson’s APA course in the early 1990s, she was ecstatic to find a coherent, powerful paradigm for psychiatry and emotional experience. She began studying, and has taught regularly at meetings of the Tomkins Institute. She has run study groups; edited the newsletter, book reviews, and website; and teaches Tomkins at every opportunity. She applies Tomkins’ paradigm to psychotherapies, mood and anxiety disorders, spirituality, emotional development, ideology and political behavior, and restorative practices. She has taught affect and script in many settings, from psychotherapy to church groups, health professionals, and restorative practitioners. Dr. Deppe has taught extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and has been a catalyst for the use of restorative practices in Vermont.

A graduate of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and the University of Vermont/Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Dr. Deppe has done years of advocacy, public education, and work on health care reform and environmental activism.

Pat Field
Treasurer

Introduced to Affect Script Theory through Dr. Nathanson’s book, Shame and Pride, Pat joined the Tomkins Institute in 2005 and has been an active participant in Tomkins-Talk ever since. She and her husband, Richard, joined forces with Dr. John Brodsky to participate in the Basic and Advanced Study Groups offered by the Institute. Pat and Richard attended the 2010 Tomkins Institute Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Pat is mostly retired from a 35-year career as a professional calligrapher and framer. She is currently engaged in botanical illustration and is treasurer and webmaster of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators at www.psbi-art.org.

She also exhibits her photography with a small group of photographic artists and is webmaster for that group at ww.artlane.net. Some of her work can also be seen at her own site www.redmillstudio.com.

Pat lives in Newark, Delaware, with her husband, Richard. She has two sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren, and enjoys the extended family (three more sons and six granddaughters) she has acquired through her connection with Richard. Her BS in Chemistry from Bucknell University has served her well, balancing her artistic interests with grounding in science.

John J. Fontana
Board Member

John J. Fontana, III, M.B.A., M.R.E., is the President of Fontana Leadership Development, Inc., an organizational and leadership development firm that provides consultation, educational and facilitation services to improve the effectiveness of leaders in managing individual development and organizational change.

John has taught leadership and management courses at Georgetown University’s Executive Master’s in Leadership Program, Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, The Institute of Human Resources and Industrial Relations at Loyola University of Chicago, and Elmhurst College. He has taught ministry courses at University of Notre Dame, Mundelein College, Loyola University of New Orleans and St. Mary of the Lake University. John has worked as a management consultant for Morrison Associates, a psychiatric and specialized medical corporation that “promotes better mental health for executives.” John is the past Executive Director of Partners for Catholic Health Ministry Leadership. John founded and was the Executive Director of The Crossroads Center for Faith and Work at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. John is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Kamco Plastics, Inc., in Schaumburg, Illinois.

John is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University of Chicago.

Jonathan Grindlinger
Board Member

Jonathan Grindlinger, M.D., graduated with Distinction from Pennsylvania State University in pre-med. He attended Jefferson Medical College on a National Health Service Corps scholarship and received his medical degree in 1984. In 1987 he was appointed Chief Psychiatrist – Homeless Residential Programs by Northwest Center, Inc. In 1990, he joined the faculty of The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program. He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” in 1993.

His involvement with Affect Script Psychology began because, as he moved forward in his career, he discovered that what he had been taught as the standard theories did not explain what he saw happening in his office. In the October 1993 issue of the journal Psychiatric Annals, he found what he had been looking for, a completely new theoretical framework for understanding emotion in the work of Tomkins, Nathanson, and Kelly. From that point on he became increasingly involved in the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute, attending conferences, forming study groups, and utilizing his extensive knowledge of electronic media to record annual meetings. He became an indispensable member of the Institute and was appointed Training Director in 1998 by Executive Director, Donald L. Nathanson, M.D.

Dr. Grindlinger is a psychiatrist in full-time private practice specializing in intensive affect-script-based psychotherapy with individuals and couples. He and his loving wife, Randy, live in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with his son Robert and daughter Fallon.

Daven Morrison
Board Member

David E. Morrison III, M.D., (Daven) is an adviser to senior management with a focus on the interpersonal at Morrison Associates, Ltd. His primary roles include leading individual consultations for executives, facilitating seminars, and developing new products. Daven has found Affect Script Psychology to be critical to understanding and thus effecting change in all his work. Management education programs developed by Daven include “Making Performance Management Discussions Work for You”, which is designed to help managers and their direct reports develop a sense of mastery around tough discussions on performance. This course has been adapted for internal training and education programs at Abbott, Accenture, Food Lion, Kraft and Motorola.

Daven is a board certified psychiatrist. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1988 with a degree in Spanish Literature, and in 1992 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Daven’s psychiatric residency was completed at University Hospitals of Case Western in Cleveland in 1996. He was a Chief Resident his final year.

He is an active Board member of the Tomkins Institute. He is also the program director and an Officer of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry and he is on the Committee for Work and Organizations of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He has been a regular presenter and researcher for the Institute for Fraud Prevention.

Nancy MacConnachie
Board Member

Nancy MacConnachie received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1988.

She is a partner in The Westwood Group, a private practice in Richmond, Virginia. She also works with Family Practice Residents at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems and as a consultant to a wilderness-based residential treatment facility focusing on emotional and social development for high school students.

Maria McManus
Editorial Director, Tomkins.org

Maria McManus comes to the Tomkins Institute after a successful career in User Experience Design for major websites such as iVillage and Disney. When she began consulting, writing and speaking about leadership on cross-functional teams, she discovered the work of Silvan Tomkins, causing her worldview and life trajectory to be forever changed. Now a graduate student in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, Maria is particularly interested in the good that can come from an expanded awareness of human beings as social creatures, designed to respond affectively to the world, with a powerful predisposition to want to matter to other people. Co-author of “The Geek Leader’s Handbook,” Maria is exploring how differences in affective postures play out in leadership and collaboration at work.

She lives in Southern California with her son Cashel.

Mary Lamia

As a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, Mary Lamia works with adults, adolescents, and couples in her Kentfield, California private practice. She is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California where she integrates affect psychology into her courses, and requires all of her students to read Nathanson’s Shame and Pride. Extending psychological knowledge to the public has been her endeavor for many years. She has provided commentary for numerous television, radio, and print media interviews and discussions, and for nearly a decade hosted a weekly call-in talk show, KidTalk with Dr. Mary, on Radio Disney stations. She is the author of Understanding Myself: A Kid’s Guide to Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings; Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings; co-author of The White Knight Syndrome: Rescuing Yourself From Your Need to Rescue Others; and, author of (soon to be published), Procrastinator Or Not: How Successful People Differ In Getting Things Done. She also blogs for Psychology Today and How Do I Date websites, frequently citing the work of Tomkins and Nathanson.