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Using the Tavistock group relations tradition of open systems and psychodynamic theories, CSGSS develops group relations conferences, meetings, and other events to further learning about group processes. For more info, email us at info@csgss.org

The mission of CSGSS is to further the understanding of groups and organizations as social systems, with particular attention to unconscious and covert processes in group and organizational life, the dynamics of authority and authorization, power and other differences within and among socially diverse groups, and the negotiated use of interpretation to facilitate collaborative learning.

Join or Renew your CSGSS membership

See our membership page for information on how to join CSGSS. Or, renew your membership now.

Authority, Leadership and Standing Up: Finding Our Footing in an Off-balance World

Visit www.weekendcsgss.com for more information and to register for CSGSS’s weekend non-residential conference planned for April 26-28, 2019.

Meet Our Board

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Megan Kolano, PsyD. is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst working at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. She served previously as a Member-at-Large on the Board of CSSS and is now serving as the President-Elect.

Heather Churchill

Heather Churchill, PsyD. is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst working at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. She is also the Associate Director of the Therapeutic Community Program and Health and Wellness Coordinator at the ARC. She is a certified consultant with the AK Rice Institute is the current president of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS).

Edward Shapiro

Edward R Shapiro, M.D., Member at Large is the Former Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. A board certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, family researcher, and organizational consultant, he is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. An organizational consultant for over thirty-five years, Dr. Shapiro has consulted with hospitals, mental health clinics, law firms, and family businesses, focusing on organizational transition, mergers, organizational structure and the dilemmas of authority, management, and delegation. He has coached executives in health care, law, education, and business. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he is also a Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute and the American College of Psychoanalysis. He is on the Board of IDI (International Dialogue Initiative), and on the Advisory Board of PCCA (Partners Confronting Collective Atrocities). He is a Principal in the Boswell Group of New York

Cathy Chen-Rennie

Cathy Chen-Rennie, Secretary specializes in facilitation & coaching for tech leaders developing their own skills in leading teams. She came from leading engineering teams in large tech companies as well as startups launching product features as a manager and product manager. Cathy first started in group relations in 2014 while pursuing a master's degree in Organizational Psychology at Teacher's College in NYC. She is deeply involved in group relations work in the US as a board member of the CSGSS, an associate and a consultant candidate of the AKRice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, and a member of GREX (West Coast AKRice affiliate).

Tyler Bean

Tyler Bean, CPA, Treasurer is a Senior Consultant in the Forensic & Integrity Services practice at EY LLP. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management. He is also on the Board of Ambassadors of Silver Lining Mentoring, a non-profit serving youth in foster case, and is a mentor for undergraduates at Boston College through the Freshmen League program.

JAmes Krantz

James Krantz, Ph.D. is a consultant and researcher from New York City. His writing focuses on the unconscious background of work organizations, the impact of emerging trends on management practice, and the socio-psychological implications of new forms of work organization. As a principal of Worklab he consults with organizations on issues of organizational, team, and leadership development. He has been on the faculties of Yale and Wharton and is past President of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO), Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute and former Director of the Center for Socio-analytic Studies at IPTAR.


Lori Schweickert, MD is the Medical Director at 3-C Family Services, Cary, NC; Adjunct Faculty, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC; President, Triangle Guild of the Catholic Medical Association; Involved in Group Relations work since 1994. Board Member, Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS), the Boston Affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI); Training and Certification Program, AKRI.