Anna Freud Regional Ambassadors

These are our Regional Ambassadors for the Alumni Network and are helping to ensure that the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is active and maintained in all corners of the globe. 

Our alumni listed below are helping us disseminate our postgraduate programmes to different parts of the world so we can continue to grow our programmes and turn out outstanding graduates.

North America

Julie Ackerman (USA)

Julie (PDP, 2009-10) is in the sixth and final year of her PhD program at CUNY and also doing a clinical placement at Manhattan School of Music. She is currently immersed in writing up her dissertation which is on the changing place of dreams in psychoanalytic theorizing.

Kayla Costello (USA)


Kayla (PDP, 2014-15) has just graduated from PDP and is living in New York working as a special projects assistant for Karla Otto.

Donia Heider (Canada)


Donia (PDP, 2012-13) graduated from Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology in 2013. She is currently completing her PhD on divorce and internal representations in children within the Unit of Psychoanalysis at University College London. 

Central / South America

Mariana Von Mohr (Mexico)

Mariana (DNP, 2013-15) is now in the first year of her PhD at UCL, supervised by Dr. Katerina Fotopoulou. Her PhD research will focus on the social modulation of pain. 

Adriana Alayza (Peru)


Adriana (PDP,2015-16) has just graduated from PDP and is currently back in Peru.

Martha Isaza (Columbia) 


Martha (PDP,2015-16) has just graduated from PDP and is currently back in Columbia.

Macarena Fuentes (Chile)  


Macarena is currently completing her first year on PDP.

Asia (Far East)

Sisi Lin (China, Taiwan)

Sisi (PDP, 2013-14)graduated from Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology in 2014 and currently is running her own startup company SISHU limited in London, offering Chinese-culture-specific courses to young children and families! 

Marc Archer (China, Malaysia)

Marc (PDP, 2000-01) graduated from Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology in 2001 and currently works in China where he is involved in setting up and teaching postgraduate programmes in Child Development, as well as being involved in research.

Jeffy Ho (Hong Kong)


Jeffy (PDP, 2010-11) graduated from Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology in 2011 and has been pursuing further training in adult psychoanalysis in the Institute of psychoanalysis. He has been accepted by the training and now preparing myself fully engage in the training. At the same time, he is working part time in a Chinese charity as a Psychotherapist, Step 3 IAPTs counsellor/Psychotherapist in Barnet IAPTs services, as well as full time social therapist in a in-patient Psychiatric ward.

Eriko Suwa (Japan)
Eriko (PDP, 2009-10) is currently working as a faculty staff member within a Japanese university (Meijiro University) in Tokyo where she delivers lectures and clinical supervisions to the students. 

Asia (Middle East)

Tanya Vasunia (India)

Tanya (PDP, 2013-14) currently works in an NGO called Ummeed. It is a multi-disciplinary child development center in Mumbai. She is part of the mental health team where her role is a mix between research and clinical work.

Dana McDevitt Shai (Israel)

Dana (PDP, 2005-06) graduated from Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology in 2006 and completed her PhD in 2011 from Birkbeck Univesity of London on parental embodied mentalizing. She currently teaches and leads a research lab on parent-infant relations at the interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel

Diba Ferdowski (Iran)


Diba (PDP, 2014-15) continued to work with the 'New Parents' study at Cambridge University, where she completed her MSc dissertation and is currently working on a wider and a more detailed paper under the supervision of the study's primary investigator at Cambridge. She is back in Iran and also hoping to start working at "Omid-e-Mehr Foundation" which is a foundation that aims to empower disadvantaged women. 


Lucy McGregor (Australia)


Lucy is currently completing her first year on PDP.