Eve Caligor, MD

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Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Psychotherapy Division, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Eve Caligor's primary clinical and research interests are the evaluation and treatment of personality functioning and pathology. Her clinical expertise is in the psychotherapeutic treatment of psychological difficulties that can compromise healthy personality functioning. When relatively mild, such difficulties may lead to problems with intimacy, self-esteem, or effectively pursuing personal goals, as well as to symptoms of anxiety and depression. When more extreme, such difficulties may lead to global problems in daily living and personality functioning. With colleagues at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Caligor has developed Transference-Focused Psychotherapy – Extended, a model of psychodynamic therapy designed to enhance one’s sense of self and ability to establish and enjoy satisfying relationships with others.

Dr. Caligor has published numerous articles and book chapters on assessment and treatment of personality disorders. She is first author of Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology: Treating Self and Interpersonal Functioning (2018), and Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology (2007), both books published by American Psychiatric Publishing. She is co-author of the Structured Interview for Personality Organization (STIPO), a semi-structured interview evaluating personality health and impairment within the framework of object relations theory.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Centerl


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Education & Training

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry

Honors & Awards

Dr. Caligor has received many teaching awards, including the MacKinnon Teacher of the Year Award from the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, the Howard Klar Teacher of the Year Award from the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the New York University Department of Psychiatry, and the George S. Goldman Award for Achievement in Clinical Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Education from the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center. She is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and is a Dewitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine.


Evaluation and treatment of personality disorders

Selected Publications

  • Caligor E, Levy KN, Yeomans FE: Narcissistic personality disorder: diagnosis and clinical challenges. American Journal of Psychiatry 2015;172: 415-22
  • Caligor E, Hilsenroth MJ, Devlin M, Rutherford BR, Terry M, Roose SP: Will patients accept randomization of psychoanalysis? A feasibility study. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 2012;60: 337-60
  • Caligor E, Yeomans F, Diamond F and Kernberg OF: The interpretive process in the psychodynamic psychotherapy of borderline personality. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 2009;57: 271-301
  • Caligor E, Stern BL, Hamilton M, Maccornack V, Wininger L, Sneed J, Roose SP: Why we recommend analytic treatment for some patients and not for others. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 2009;57: 677-94
  • Caligor E, Kernberg OF, Clarkin JF: Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology, American Psychiatric Publishing , Washington, DC, 2007