Psychodynamic Psychiatry

The Official Journal of The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

Edited by Richard C. Friedman, MD, Cornell University
Deputy Editor César A. Alfonso, MD, Columbia University
Deputy Editor Jennifer I. Downey, MD, Columbia University

ISSN: 21622590
Volume 48, 2020
Issues Per Year: 4

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Starting with Volume 40, Psychodynamic Psychiatry is the re-envisioned journal of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. The journal focuses on psychodynamically informed approaches to assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy, as well as psychoanalysis as a distinct form of treatment. In addition to narrative clinical discussions, the journal showcases noteworthy research in such areas as psychotherapy process and outcomes, the biopsychosocial etiologies of psychopathology, and mechanisms of coping and resilience.

Psychodynamic Psychiatry is an enormously valuable journal for the entire field of psychiatry. We now know from a wealth of research that psychotherapy is effective and can change the brain. In Freud's day, theory alone suggested how the brain processes thoughts, feelings, and actions—today, a crescendo of progress in neuroscience brings daily news about everything from genomics to the neurobiology of the unconscious and of motivated behavior. Psychodynamic Psychiatry proposes, persuasively, that while clinicians absorb this new science, we must remain alert to the meaning of experience. The editors bring optimal expertise to reposition the journal exactly where it needs to be.”

—John M. Oldham, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, The Menninger Clinic; Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

“This journal, greatly needed by psychodynamic clinicians at this time, signals with its new name and editorial policy that it will revisit and revitalize the biosocial model. Articles provide a bridge between current research findings and stimulating clinical perspectives.”

—Judith S. Schachter, MD, past president, American Psychoanalytic Association; Emeritus Training Analyst, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and former Director, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

Editorial Board

Book Review Editor
Ahron L. Friedberg, MD

Editorial Board
Stewart L. Adelson, César Alfonso, Abby I. Altman, Roman N. Anshin, Michael S. Aronoff, Eugene Della Badia, Alan S. Barasch, Sharon M. Batista, Gail W. Berry, Michael Blumenfield, James Bozzuto, Richard Brockman, Norman Camp, Joanna E. Chambers, Marilyn Charles, Richard D. Chessick, Richard A. Chefetz, Mary Ann Cohen, Juan Raul Condemarin, Sergio Dazzi, Michael J. Feldman, Barry Fisher, David V. Forrest, Ahron L. Friedberg, Volney P. Gay, Kareem Ghalib, Myron L. Glucksman, Bernard Gorman (Scientific Consultant), Elizabeth K. Haase, Sheila Hafter Gray, Richard G. Hersh, Aerin Hyun, Alan R. Kagan, Thomas P. Kalman, Craig Katz, Debra A. Katz, Sherry Katz-Bearnot, Clarice J. Kestenbaum, Jay Lefer, David L. Lopez, Benjamin McCommon, Alicia McGill, David L. Mintz, Autumn Ning, Sarah C. Noble, Silvia Olarte, Gerald P. Perman, Eric M. Plakun, Daniel Plotkin, Maurice Preter, Arnold Richards, Eugenio M. Rothe, Klaus W. Schreiber, Ann-Louise Silver, Joseph R. Silvio, Jane Simon, Jeffrey S. Smith, Elise W. Snyder, Moshe Halevi Spero, Margaret G. Spinelli, Michael H. Stone, Allan Tasman, Elizabeth Tillinghast, Joan G. Tolchin, Matthew Tolchin, Ronald Turco, Helen Ullrich, Wilfried Ver Eecke, Ralph N. Wharton, Kathryn Zerbe

Editors Emeriti
Douglas H. Ingram, MD
Jules R. Bemporad, MD
Morton B. Cantor, MD
Silvano Arieti, MD


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