The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry is an organization of psychiatrists interested in the application of psychodynamic psychotherapy in clinical practice and in understanding emotional aspects of culture and art.
The aims of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry are:
•To provide a forum for the expression of ideas, concepts, and research in psychodynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis;
•To constitute a forum for expression of and inquiry into the phenomena of individual motivation and social behavior;
•To encourage and support research in psychodynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis;
•To advance the development of psychodynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis in all other aspects;
•To develop communication among psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and their colleagues in other disciplines in science and in the humanities.
The current President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) is Dr. Jennifer Downey. To view the current Message from the President, click here.
The officers of this Academy are the President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary, Past-Secretary, Treasurer, Past-Treasurer and nine trustees. To view the current slate of officers, please click here.
The brave pioneers who set out to establish The Academy were creative, courageous, and bold thinkers who had a vision of how things could be. They included Clara Thompson, William Silverberg, Janet Rioch, Ralph Crowley, Jules Masserman, Irving Bieber, Abraham Kardiner, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, Sandor Rado, Robert Heath, Marianne Eckardt, Miltiades Zaphiropoulos, Franz Alexander, and Leon Saul.
To view the full list of Charter Members of the Academy, click here.
To view the full list of Past Presidents of the Academy, click here.
Founded in 1956, the Academy has been open to physicians with legitimate training in psychoanalysis, and membership was opened to those psychiatrists who have demonstrated an interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychodynamic psychiatrists were offered membership, and this expansion of the membership was signaled by the name change to the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) in 2001.
The Academy became an affiliate organization of the American Psychiatric Association, indicating the organization’s status as representing the importance of psychodynamic psychotherapy within the practice of psychiatry. Membership has been opened to psychiatric residents and medical students as well.
To learn more about the history of the Academy, click here.