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Samy, M.H. (2020). Dianne Casoni 1953-2020. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 28(1):131-132.

(2020). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 28(1):131-132

Dianne Casoni 1953-2020

Mounir H. Samy

The Canadian Psychoanalytic Society is grieving the premature loss of one of its most cherished members. For all of us who knew Dianne, her name evokes respect and admiration. She was an esteemed colleague, a valued mentor, and a prized teacher. Her patients praised her. For some mournful privileged, she was as well a warm and precious friend. Whether through her many teachings or through writings—some of them on the candidates' reading list—we were all aware of her remarkable mind and her deep understanding of the things of the inner world. However, Dianne was a modest and discrete person, and few of us realize the scope of her professional achievements.

Dianne started a psychotherapeutic practice upon her graduation in psychology while pursuing higher education. Her master's thesis related to family factors in female delinquent behaviour. Probably driven to look deeper, and influenced by Guy Da Silva, her PhD thesis carried the bold psychoanalytic title “Le rapport entre la position schizo-paranoïde et le comportement délinquant chez un groupe d'adolescentes placées en centre d'accueil.” This is impressive, as it was written some 10 years before Dianne started as a candidate at the QE institute. In 2000 she won the CPS Douglas Levin award for her paper on traumatic neurosis, which was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis while still a candidate. She had been a member of the QE since 2001, held several positions on its executive, including chair of the scientific committee, sat on the jury of the Douglas Levin and Miguel Prados Prizes, and was a highly sought after and widely praised faculty member.

Dianne was full professor at the school of criminology at Université de Montréal. She held multiple prestigious positions and sat on numerous committees that would be unfeasible to list here.

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