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Alfonso, C.A. Downey, J.I. (2021). Future Directions in Psychodynamic Psychiatry. Psychodyn. Psych., 49(1):2-8.

(2021). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 49(1):2-8


Future Directions in Psychodynamic Psychiatry

César A. Alfonso, M.D. and Jennifer I. Downey, M.D.

Psychodynamic Psychiatry is the official journal of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, an organization of psychoanalytically trained physicians founded in 1956 and informally referred to by its members as the Academy. The Academy is an organization dedicated to advancing psychodynamic and psychoanalytic principles and skills in the practice of psychiatry in all clinical settings. Affiliated with the American Psychiatric Association and the World Psychiatric Association, the aims of the organization include to encourage research and scholarship in psychodynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis, as well as to support education in evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapeutics.

Origins of Psychodynamic Psychiatry

Prior to publishing a representative journal, the Academy printed 21 book volumes from 1958-1972 edited by Jules Masserman and titled Science and Psychoanalysis (published by Grune & Stratton). These books included cutting-edge papers read at the annual scientific meetings of what was then called the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. In 1972 the organization contracted with the publishing company John Wiley & Sons to begin a quarterly indexed medical journal. The title of the journal changed over time to reflect changes in the name of the Academy. In 1989 the Academy migrated publishers to Guilford Press. Editors Emeriti over the past five decades include Silvano Arieti (1973-1982), Morton B. Cantor (1982-1992), Jules R. Bemporad (1992-2001), Douglas H. Ingram (2002-2011), and Richard C. Friedman (2012-2020).

From its inception, the Academy and its journal have been attentive to the changing needs and evolving clinical practice patterns of psychiatrists, as well as paradigm shifts in psychodynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

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