The American Psychoanalytic Association has selected two professors from the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, Salomon Alfie, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, and Walter Ricci, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, to share its Edith Sabshin Teaching Award.
The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of American Psychoanalytic Association members in educating students who are not members of the psychoanalytic profession.
Colleagues in the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute recognize the two as a “dynamic duo” of superior educators who have a style and commitment to education that others can aspire to achieve, said the American Psychoanalytic Association’s award announcement.
Teaching non-candidate students, it said, is one of the most significant ways in which psychoanalysts contribute to the field and to education.
Richard Zeitner, Ph.D., ABPP, director of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, said Alfie and Ricci have made significant contributions to the psychoanalytic profession.
“(Alfie and Ricci) have been highly respected for many decades now, both within psychoanalytic and psychiatric circles, for their dedication to psychoanalysis, for their superior teaching and the promulgation of psychoanalytic principles, and for serving as role models for many of us,” Zeitner said. “Furthermore, without their talents and the capacity to lead and inspire, the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute would not be where it is today. ”
Alfie and Ricci will receive their award in January during the American Psychoanalytic Association national meeting in New York and will be recognized in the organization’s quarterly magazine, The American Psychoanalysts (TAP).