Advancing Psychoanalytic Knowledge 

At the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, we are committed to advancing knowledge in the field of psychoanalysis through empirical research and theoretical scholarship.

Our faculty, candidates, and colleagues are currently conducting research in the areas of attachment, infant development and the parent-infant bond, trauma, psychoanalytic education, and psychoanalytic career development, medication treatment combined with psychoanalysis, , and the neuroimaging of changes in brain structure and function associated with psychoanalytic treatment and subliminal processes. We are also conducting the first randomized trial of psychoanalysis compared to CBT and dynamic psychotherapy.

Meanwhile, our faculty are also actively engaged in the world of psychoanalytic theory, promoting the development of psychoanalytic knowledge through critical theoretical studies, in-depth case reports, national presentations, and editorial participation in the leading psychoanalytic journals. 

Our Research Group

The Center's Research Committee meets weekly to formulate new research projects, review ongoing projects, and provide research mentorship for investigators at all levels. The committee consists of training analysts, graduate analysts, psychoanalytic candidates, psychiatric residents, and other trainees (such as psychology PhD candidates and medical students). Many members of the committee have obtained research funding from the NIMH, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Participation in the Research Committee is open to all. 

Research Types

Attachment, Development, and Trauma

Recent Publications

  • Schechter, D. S., & Willheim, E. (in press). Evaluation of possible child sexual abuse and its sequelae in the case of an adult female patient. In J. W. Barnhill (Ed.), Approach to the Psychiatric Patient. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.
  • Schechter, D. S., & Willheim, E. (in press). The effects of violent experience and maltreatment on infants and young children. In C. H. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of Infant Mental Health, 3rd Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Stahl, A. S., Shapiro, T., Hertzig, M. E., & Turchin, W. (2008b). When clozapine doesn't work: Two case reports of treatment-refractory adolescent schizophrenia. In Flaherty, Lois T (Ed) (2008) Adolescent psychiatry (Vol 30) (pp. 179-192). New York, NY: The Analytic Press/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Critchfield, K. L., Levy, K. N., Clarkin, J. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2008). The relational context of aggression in borderline personality disorder: Using adult attachment style to predict forms of hostility. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(1), 67-82.
  • Friedman, R. C., & Downey, J. I. (2008). Sexual Differentiation of Behavior: The Foundation of a Developmental Model of Psychosexuality (Vol. 56, pp. 147-175).
  • Kelly, K. V. (2008). Witnessing horror at the World Trade Center. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165(2), 261-262.
  • Stahl, A. S., Shapiro, T., Hertzig, M. E., & Turchin, W. (2008a). Drs. Stahl et al. respond to Dr. Sugar's discussion. In Flaherty, Lois T (Ed) (2008) Adolescent psychiatry (Vol 30) (pp. 199-200). New York, NY: The Analytic Press/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Schechter, D. S., Zygmunt, A., Trabka, K. A., Davies, M., Colon, E., Kolodji, A., et al. (2007). Child mental representations of attachment when mothers are traumatized: The relationship of family-drawings to story-stem completion. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology Vol 3 2007, 119-140.
  • Anzieu-Premmereur, C. (2007a). Discussion of Lewis Kirshner's paper: Figurations of the Real: representation of trauma in a dream. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 8, 40-46.
  • Anzieu-Premmereur, C. (2007c). Naissance de la pensee et de l'humour. Carnet Psy, 118, 43-50.
  • Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., Buck, K., Chen, H., Cohen, P., Blatt, S., et al. (2007). Six-week postpartum maternal self-criticism and dependency and 4-month mother-infant self- and interactive contingencies. Developmental Psychology, 43(6), 1360-1376.
  • Diamond, D., & Yeomans, F. E. (2007). Oedipal love and conflict in the transference/countertransference matrix: Its impact on attachment security and mentalization. In Attachment and sexuality (pp. 201-235). New York, NY: The Analytic Press/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Kaminer, T., Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., Kelly, K., & Marquette, L. (2007). Mothers' dependent and self-critical depressive experience is related to speech content with infants. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology, 3, 163-184.
  • Pender, V. B., Brandt, J. C., Mahfouz, A., & Tylim, I. (2007). Approaches to prevention of intergenerational transmission of hate, war and violence. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88(2), 507-514.
  • Ritter, M., Bucci, W., Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., & Maskit, B. (2007). Do mothers of secure infants speak differently than mothers of avoidant infants in natural conversations? An interpersonal exploration of language differences. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(1), 269-275.
  • Savin-Williams, R. C., & Cohen, K. M. (2007). Development of same-sex attracted youth. In The health of sexual minorities: Public health perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations (pp. 27-47). New York, NY: Springer Science + Business Media.
  • Schechter, D. S., & Davis, B. E. (2007). Parenting in time of crisis. Psychiatric Annals, 37(6), 423-428.
  • Schechter, D. S., Zygmunt, A., Coates, S. W., Davies, M., Trabka, K. A., McCaw, J., et al. (2007). Caregiver traumatization adversely impacts young children's mental representations on the MacArthur Story Stem Battery. Attachment & Human Development, 9(3), 187-205.
  • Young-Bruehl, E. (2006). Coming of age in New York city: Two homeless boys. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75(1), 323-343.

Clinical Theory and Technique

The Columbia Psychoanalytic Center faculty are principal contributors to the development of psychoanalytic theory nationally and internationally. Among our most prolific members are Anrnold Cooper, M.D., Otto Kernberg, M.D., Roy Schaffer, Ph.D., and Daniel Stern, M.D.

We are dedicated to advancing the writing careers of our candidates and junior faculty. Lucy Lafarge, MD, one of our outstanding clinical theoreticians, recently added a course on Writing for Publication in which several faculty members with academic careers encourage teach fifth-year candidates how to enter the world of psychoanalytic scholarship.

Recent Publications

  • Brenda Berger (2019) Discussion of “The Therapeutics of the Fee in Psychoanalysis”, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29:5, 575-582.
  • Caligor E, Diamond D, Yeomans FE, Kernberg OF: The interpretive process in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of patients with borderline personality pathology. JAPA 57.2 (in press, 2009).
  • Friedman, R.C. and Downey, J.I.: Psychotherapy of Bisexual Men. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, Special Section of Journal of the Academy: Sexuality Selected Topics (In press, 2009).
  • Katz, W. Payment and Perverse Defense, Psychoanalytic Quarterly (in press 2009).
  • Caligor, E., Stern, B., Hamilton, M., MacCornack, V., Wininger, L., Sneed, J., Roose, S. (2009). Why We Recommend Analytic Treatment for Some Patients and Not for Others. J Am Psychoanal Assoc, 57, 677-694.
  • Katz, W. W. (2008). Review of Clinical values: Emotions that guide psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 77(1), 390-397.
  • LaFarge, L. (2008). On knowing oneself indirectly and through others. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 77(1).
  • Muskin, P. R. (2008). Review of Psychosomatic Medicine. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165(1), 141-142.
  • Schlesinger, H. J. (2008). Vows and Oaths: on the Psychology of Promising. Mahwah, N.J.: Analytic Press.
  • Ross, J. M. (2007). Trauma and abuse in the case of Little Hans: A contemporary perspective. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(3), 779-797.
  • Michels, R. (2007d). The theory of therapeutic action. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(Suppl), 1725-1733.
  • LaFarge, L. (2007c). Review of 'Self Creation: Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Art of the Possible' by F. Summers. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75(4), 1181-1187.
  • Coen, S. J. (2007b). Narcissistic temptations to cross boundaries and how to manage them. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(4), 1169-1190.
  • Doidge, N. (2007b). Review of Psychosis and near psychosis: Ego function, symbol structure, treatment. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(4), 1375-1388.
  • Forrest, D. V. (2007b). Buried energy reclaimed - running a locomotive and other delayed fulfillments. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry, 35(3), 347-350.
  • Kernberg, O. F. (2007b). The therapeutic action of psychoanalysis: Controversies and challenges. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(Suppl), 1689-1723.
  • LaFarge, L (2007b). Lost and Found in Translation: Introduction to Fonagy and Target.[comment]. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(2), 407-410.
  • Person, E. S. (2007b). Review of Awakening the dreamer: Clinical journeys by Philip M. Bromberg. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 17(5), 733-740.
  • Sandberg, L. S., & Busch, F. N. (2007b). Psychotherapy and medication: the challenge of integration. New York, NY: Analytic Press.
  • Schafer, R. (2007b). The reality principle, tragic knots, and the analytic process. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(4), 1151-1168.
  • Busch, F. N., & Sandberg, L. S. (2007). Psychotherapy and medication: The challenge of integration. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.
  • Caligor, E., Kernberg, O. F., & Clarkin, J. F. (2007). Handbook of dynamic psychotherapy for higher level personality pathology. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Clarkin, J. F., & Fertuck, E. A. (2007). Psychological assessment. In The American Psychiatric Publishing board prep and review guide for psychiatry (pp. 47-54). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Clarkin, J. F., Lenzenweger, M. F., Yeomans, F., Levy, K. N., & Kernberg, O. F. (2007). An object relations model of borderline pathology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 21(5), 474-499.
  • Coen, S. J. (2007a). Dance, don't interpret: Commentary on Steven Cooper's "Begin the beguine: relational theory and the pluralistic third". Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 17, 299-304.
  • Feldman, M. J. (2007). Review of Same-sex marriage: The legal and psychological evolution in America. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(7), 887-888.
  • Forrest, D. V. (2007a). Antiglobal mind. Academy Forum, 51(2), 11-14.
  • Friedman, R. C., & Downey, J. I. (2007). Sexual psychodynamics I: The origins of male aggression. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, 35(1), 97-115.
  • Gunderson, J. G., Bateman, A., & Kernberg, O. (2007). Alternative perspectives on psychodynamic psychotherapy of borderline personality disorder: The case of "Ellen". American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(9), 1333-1339.
  • Kalinich, L. J. (2007). The concept "superego": Another look (up to par or a hole in one?). In Muller, John P (Ed); Tillman, Jane G (Ed) (2007) The embodied subject: Minding the body in psychoanalysis (pp. 29-54).
  • Kernberg, O. F. (2007). The almost untreatable narcissistic patient. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(2), 503-539.
  • LaFarge, L. (2007a). Commentary on "The meanings and uses of countertransference" by Heinrich Racker. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(3), 795-815.
  • LaFarge, L. (2007). Review of Psychoanalysis as therapy and storytelling. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(4), 1391-1397.
  • Levy, K. N., Yeomans, F. E., & Diamond, D. (2007). Psychodynamic treatments of self-injury. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63(11), 1105-1120.
  • Mahon, E. (2007). A Poem and a Dream. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(1), 237-255.
  • Mahon, E. J. (2007). A pun in a dream. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(4), 1367-1373.
  • Marcus, E. R. (2007). Transference and countertransference to medication and its implications for ego function. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, 35(2), 211-218.
  • Milrod, B. (2007a). Emptiness in agoraphobia patients. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(3), 1007-1026.
  • Schachter, J., & Kachele, H. (2007). The analyst's role in healing: Psychoanalysis-plus. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 24(3), 429-444.
  • Schafer, R. (2007a). Commentary on "The metapsychology of the analyst" by Robert Fliess. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(3), 697-714.
  • Schlesinger, H. J. (2007). The treatment program at Menninger. American Imago, 64(2), 229-240.
  • Vaughan, S. C. (2007). Scrambled eggs: Psychological meanings of new reproductive choices for lesbians. Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 6(2), 141-155.
  • Wein, S. (2007). Review of Craft and Spirit: A Guide to the Exploratory Psychotherapies. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(1), 297-301.
  • Wharton, R. N. (2007). Review of An argument for mind. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, 35(4), 691-692.
  • MacKinnon, R. A., Michels, R., & Buckley, P. J. (2006). The psychiatric interview in clinical practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • McWilliams, N., Caligor, E., Herzig, A., Kernberg, O. F., Schedler, J., & Western, D. (2006). Personality Patterns and Disorders. In Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM) (pp. 15-69). Silver Spring: Alliance of Psychoanalytic Organizations.
  • Riess, H., & Sorensen, M. (2005). Containing Contagion. In Complex dilemmas in group therapy: Pathways to resolution (pp. 257-264). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.

Empirical Clinical Studies

Recent Publications

  • Milrod, B. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Outcome for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Editorial. American Journal of Psychiatry (in press, 2009).
  • Busch, FN, Milrod, B, Sandberg, L: A study demonstrating efficacy of a psychoanalytic psychotherapy for panic disorder: implications for psychoanalytic research, theory, and practice, JAPA (in press, 2009)
  • Sneed, J. R., Keilp, J. G., Brickman, A. M., & Roose, S. P. (2008). The specificity of neuropsychological impairment in predicting antidepressant non-response in the very old depressed. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(3), 319-323.
  • Sneed, J. R., Rutherford, B. R., Rindskopf, D., Lane, D. T., Sackeim, H. A., & Roose, S. P. (2008). Design makes a difference: A meta-analysis of antidepressant response rates in placebo-controlled versus comparator trials in late-life depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16(1), 65-73.
  • Milrod, B. (2007b). "A randomized controlled clinical trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for panic disorder": Dr. Milrod replies. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(6), 977.
  • Milrod, B., Leon, A. C., Busch, F., Rudden, M., Schwalberg, M., Clarkin, J., et al. (2007b). "A randomized controlled clinical trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for panic disorder": Erratum. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(3), 529.
  • Clarkin, J. F., Levy, K. N., Lenzenweger, M. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2007). Evaluating three treatments for borderline personality disorder: A multiwave study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(6), 922-928.
  • Fertuck, E. A. (2007). Review of Evidence-based Psychotherapy: Where Theory and Practice Meet. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 44(1), 115-116.
  • Leon, A. C., Busch, F., Rudden, M., Schwalberg, M., Clarkin, J., Aronson, A., et al. (2007). A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Panic Disorder: Erratum. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(7), 1123.
  • Milrod, B. L., Leon, A. C., Barber, J. P., Markowitz, J. C., & Graf, E. (2007). Do comorbid personality disorders moderate panic-focused psychotherapy? An exploratory examination of the American Psychiatric Association practice guideline. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68(6), 885-891.
  • Milrod, B., Leon, A. C., Busch, F., Rudden, M., Schwalberg, M., Clarkin, J., et al. (2007a). A randomized controlled clinical trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for panic disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(2), 265-272.
  • Nelson, J., Holden, K., Roose, S., Salzman, C., Hollander, S. B., & Betzel, J. V. (2007). Are there predictors of outcome in depressed elderly nursing home residents during treatment with mirtazapine orally disintegrating tablets? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(10), 999-1003.
  • Rutherford, B., Sneed, J., Miyazaki, M., Eisenstadt, R., Devanand, D., Sackeim, H., et al. (2007). An open trial of aripiprazole augmentation for SSRI non-remitters with late-life depression. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(10), 986-991.
  • Sneed, J. R., Roose, S. P., Keilp, J. G., Krishnan, K., Alexopoulos, G. S., & Sackeim, H. A. (2007). Response inhibition predicts poor antidepressant treatment response in very old depressed patients. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15(7), 553-563.
  • Yeomans, F. (2007). Questions concerning the randomized trial of schema-focused therapy vs transference-focused psychotherapy. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64(5), 609-610.
  • Seidman, S. N., & Roose, S. P. (2006). The Sexual Effects of Testosterone Replacement in Depressed Men: Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 32(3), 267-273.
  • Seidman, S. N., Miyazaki, M., & Roose, S. P. (2005). Intramuscular testosterone supplementation to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor in treatment-resistant depressed men: Randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 25(6), 584-588.

Works in Progress

  • Comparative Outcomes of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Study
    • Primary Researchers: Steven Roose, MD, Robert Glick, MD, Andrew Gerber, MD, Eve Caligor, MD, and Bret Rutherford, MD
    • The study aims to measure and compare the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive-expressive psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis as treatment for chronic, complicated depression. Primary outcomes will be assessed with a variety of instruments measuring symptom level, global functioning, and interpersonal relationships.  Utilizing expert researchers in each of the various fields, the COPPS study has garnered support from other institutions and should ultimately yield unprecedented findings.
  • Assessment of Personality Organization, Depression and Anxiety in Patients Evaluated for Psychoanalysis
    • Primary Researcher: Eve Caligor, MD
    • This study examines the factors that contribute to patients being accepted or rejected for analytic treatment. There is also an observation of the fate of psychiatric symptoms and personality traits during analysis. Patients are administered structured intake interviews such as but not exclusive to the SCIDs, Hamiltons, and STIPOs as well as self-report questionnaires at baseline, and follow-up self-reports at 3, 6, and 12 months. Patients, candidates, and supervisors are surveyed on their impressions of the effect the research study has on the integrity of the analysis.
  • Structured Interview for Personality Organization: Test-retest Reliability and Temporal Stability
    • Primary Researcher: Barry Stern, PhD
    • The Structured Interview of Personality Organization (STIPO) was developed to provide a dimensional assessment of features that, according to modern object relations theory, are thought to underlie personality disorders. The purpose of Dr. Stern’s study is to assess the reliability properties of the STIPO, specifically, scale internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, 4-week test-retest reliability, and 4-month temporal stability. The constructs operationalized in the STIPO are hypothesized as deriving from mental representations of self and others that are presumed to be stable over time. Repeated measurements of the STIPO domains over a relatively brief period of time would therefore provide an assessment of measurement error in the interview itself; re-assessment, as proposed at 4 months, would provide an estimate of temporal stability for the constructs assessed in the STIPO. The protocol was approved by the NYSPI IRB in September 2007, and the study is now in the recruitment/research phase.

History, Literature, and Applied Psychoanalysis

Recent Publications

  • Schwartz, H: Temporal Transformations in Cinema and Psychoanalysis: On Philip Groning's Into Great Silence, IJP (in press, 2009).
  • Makari, G. (2008). Revolution in mind: The creation of psychoanalysis. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Richardson, J., Michels, R. (2008) Review of Psychoanalysis and Architecture. American Imago, 65(4), 601-606.
  • Schwartz, H. (2008). Review of Projected shadows: Psychoanalytic reflections on the representation of loss in European cinema. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 89(1), 225-229.
  • Ross, J. M. (2007). Trauma and abuse in the case of Little Hans: A contemporary perspective. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(3), 779-797.
  • Michels, R. (2007c). Review of The sphinx on the table: Sigmund Freud's art collection and the development of psychoanalysis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(10), 1620.
  • Brockman, R. (2007b). "Freud, Darwin, and the holding environment": Reply. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, 35(1), 141.
  • Boardman, S., & Makari, G. J. (2007). The lunatic asylum on Blackwell's Island and the New York press. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(4), 581.
  • Brockman, R. (2007a). Freud, Darwin, and the holding environment. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, 35(1), 127-136.
  • Michels, R. (2007a). Commentary of Franz Alexander's "Analysis of the therapeutic factors in psychoanalytic treatment." Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(4), 1103-1112.
  • Schafer, R., & Hegerl, U. (2007). Prevention of suicidality in Europe: The history of a successful programme -- The German and European alliance against depression. Die Psychiatrie: Grundlagen & Perspektiven, 4(3), 159-165.


Recent Publications

  • Gerber, A. J., & Peterson, B. S. (2008b). What is an image? Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(3), 245-248.
  • Gerber, A. J., & Peterson, B. S. (2008a). Applied brain imaging. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(3), 239.
  • Forrest, D. V. (2007c). Psychotherapy for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. In S. C. Yudofsky & R. E. Hales (Eds.), American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Neuropsychiatry, 5th edition. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Press.
  • Doidge, N. (2007a). The brain that changes itself: Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science. New York, NY: Viking.
  • Sandberg, L. S., & Busch, F. N. (2007a). Commentary on "Toward a neuroscience of empathy: Integrating affective and cognitive perspectives." Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 9(2), 158-161.
  • Turnbull, O., & Olds, D. (2007). Editors' introduction. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 9(2), 115-118.

Psychoanalytic Education and the Profession

Recent Publications

  • Cherry S, Meyer J, Hadge L, Terry M, Roose S. A prospective study of psychoanalytic practice and professional development:  early career interviews. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 2012; 60:969-994.
  • Auchincloss, EL, (2009) The psychodynamic formulation, in Approach to the Psychiatric Patient: Case-Based Essays ed. John W. Barnhill, Washington, American Psychiatric Press, 2009
  • Auchincloss, Elizabeth L. and Michels, R., “A reassessment of psychoanalytic education: controversies and changes,”International Journal of Psychoanalysis 84:387-403,2003
  • Auchincloss, Elizabeth L., and  Kravis, Nathan M., “Teaching Freud to Undergraduates: A Case Report.” International Journal of Psychoanalysis 81:753-770, 2000
  • Auchincloss, Elizabeth L., “Psychoanalytic Curriculum: A Study in Change and The Anxiety of Influence.” in Changing Ideas in a Changing World: Essays in Honor of Arnold M. Cooper, ed. Robert Michels and Peter Fonagy London, Karnac Books, 2000
  • Cherry, S., Wininger, L., Roose, S. (2009). A Prospective Study of Career Development and Analytic Practice: the First Five Years. J Am Psychoanal Assoc, 57, 703-720.
  • Hamilton, M., Wininger, L., Roose, S. (2009). Drop-out Rate of Training Cases: Who and When. J Am Psychoanal Assoc, 57, 695-702.
  • Cabaniss, D.L., Graver, R. (2008). Mapping the Macroprocess. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 56(4), 1249-1260.
  • Cabaniss DL. (2008). Becoming a school: Developing learning objectives for psychoanalytic education. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 28, 262-277.
  • Coen, S. J. (2007c). Reports from the front: clinical case writing as journalism. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 27(5), 705-720.
  • Michels, R. (2007b). Review of 'The Future of Psychoanalysis" by R.D. Chessick. New England Journal of Medicine, 356, 1791-1792.
  • Colombo, D., & Michels, R. (2007). Can (should) case reports be written for research use? Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 27(5), 640-649.
  • Glick, R. A. (2007). Psychoanalytic education needs to change: what's feasible? Introduction to Wallerstein. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(3), 949-952.
  • Hulsman, R. L., van der Ende, J. S., Oort, F. J., Michels, R. P., Casteelen, G., & Griffioen, F. M. (2007). Effectiveness of selection in medical school admissions: Evaluation of the outcomes among freshmen. Medical Education, 41(4), 369-377.
  • Kernberg, O. F. (2007a). The coming changes in psychoanalytic education: Part II. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88(1), 183-202.
  • Mellman, L. A. (2007). Cultivating careers in the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Academic Psychiatry, 31(2), 101-102.
  • Michels, R. (2007a). Optimal education requires an academic context: commentary on Wallerstein. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(3), 985-989.
  • Rees, E. (2007). Thinking about psychoanalytic curricula: an epistemological perspective. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(3), 891-942.
  • Rutherford, B. R., Aizaga, K., Sneed, J., & Roose, S. P. (2007). A survey of psychiatry residents' informed consent practices. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68(4), 558-565.
  • Cherry S, Cabaniss D, Forand N, Haywood D, Roose S. Psychoanalytic practice in the early postgraduate years. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 2004;52:851–871.
  • Cherry S, Cabaniss D, Forand N, Roose S. The impact of graduation from psychoanalytic training. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 2004; 52:833-849.

Works in Progress

  • Career Paths after Psychoanalytic Training: A Longitudinal Study
    • Primary Researcher: Sabrina Cherry, MD
    • Continuing her study of the postgraduate careers of analysts, Dr. Cherry has developed a cohort made up of graduates of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research since 2003. The study received initial support from the Developing Psychoanalytic Practice and Training Project of the International Psychoanalytic Association and was presented at the 2007 IPA Conference in Berlin. Addressing the pressing issue of the decline in patients seeking psychoanalysis, the study collects information regarding experience in analytic training, experience with mentoring, current practice characteristics, and immediate and long-term career goals. Of note is that while a vast majority of graduate analysts maintain significant involvement in the field of psychoanalysis, a bimodal distribution with some maintaining immersion in four times weekly psychoanalytic practice and others applying skills learned in training to their psychotherapy practice emerges in the early postgraduate period.  The data collected in Dr. Cherry’s study aims to recognize and modify current aspects of analytic training and post-graduate support in order to increase interest in psychoanalysis in both patients and graduates as well as to support the integration of skills from training into postgraduate career paths.
  • A Study of Psychopharmacologic Management by Psychoanalytic Candidates
    • Primary Researcher: Bret Rutherford, MD
    • We plan to investigate whether psychopharmacologic management of training cases in psychoanalysis can be improved by means of an educational intervention. Patients accepted for psychoanalysis at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research who are already taking psychotropic medications or for whom the prescription of medications is being considered will be followed in this study. Treating candidates will be randomized to either treatment as usual or an experimental condition, which is the provision of psychopharmacologic consultations to the candidate and supervisor at baseline, three, and six months following the start of analysis. Patients will be assessed on a battery of self-assessment procedures at baseline, three, six, and twelve months following entry into the study. The primary outcome measures are change in depressive symptoms as measured by a standardized rating scale and remission of depression according to predefined criteria. Secondary outcome measures are the number and type of medications used at twelve months, adequacy of psychopharmacologic documentation as measured by chart review at three and twelve months, drop-out rates of patients in each study cell, and effects on the candidate’s education. The data will be analyzed at one year after the start of analysis, but patients will continue to be followed over time.


The libraries of the Psychoanalytic Center, the Psychiatric Institute, the Medical School, and the University offer access to a broad and deep collection of both print documents as well as electronic publications of interest to psychoanalysts.

All Columbia faculty, students, and staff have access to the following online databases:


PEP Web provides access to the PEP Web archive, which spans a period of 120 years and contains both books and journal articles, including full text of eighteen English-language journals in psychoanalysis. The book archive includes the full text of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Freud's letters to his major collaborators and the full text of the major works by Wilfred Bion, Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott, along with other major psychoanalytic authors. The journals in the archive presently include the full text of many premier English-language journals in psychoanalysis.


Indexes biomedical literature from 1966 to the present. Areas covered include microbiology, delivery of health care, nutrition, pharmacology, environmental health, anatomy, organisms, diseases, chemicals and drugs, techniques and equipment, psychiatry and psychology, biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and education, technology, agriculture, food, industry, humanities, information science and communications, and health care.


Provides citations and abstracts to journal articles and English language books in the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics. Publication dates from 1805 to the present.

LexisNexis Academic

An interdisciplinary, full-text database of over 18,000 sources, including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, company reports and SEC filings, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.


Online search of the holding of all Columbia University library holdings.