Robert S. Wallerstein Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Each year, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences invites a distinguished scholar to speak on campus as part of the Robert S. Wallerstein Visiting Lectureship in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. This lecture series is held in honor of the late Robert S. Wallerstein, MD, and focuses on showcasing psychoanalytic knowledge and clinical expertise that influence psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis.

The 2023 Robert S. Wallerstein Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy


A message from the Robert S. Wallerstein Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Planning Committee:

We hope that 2022 has gotten off to a good start for you. We wanted to give you a brief update concerning this year’s Robert S. Wallerstein Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

As you may recall, last year’s lecture by Alicia Lieberman was held virtually and our 2020 lecture with Mardi Horowitz was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With restrictions now gradually being lifted across the Bay Area and elsewhere, we are optimistic that we will once again be able to host an in-person lecture in the coming months.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will be unable to hold a lecture this fall as previously planned and will instead reschedule the event for next spring. We are currently working to finalize a date (which will be announced soon) to host the 2023 Wallerstein Lecture in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ new home at the Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building. This beautiful, state-of-the-art building should provide an ideal venue for us to continue realizing Dr. Wallerstein’s vision of showcasing psychoanalytic knowledge and clinical expertise that influences psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis for many years to come.

Protecting the health and safety of our speakers and guests will continue to be the foremost consideration in our preparation efforts, and this year’s event will adhere to the requirements and best practices established by UCSF and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. With that mind, we are planning to once again host a live stream of the lecture online for those unable to attend in person.

We appreciate your patience as we work to confirm the details of our next lecture and encourage you to keep an eye on your inbox for further updates. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again, either in person or online, in 2023.

The Robert S. Wallerstein Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Planning Committee

Joseph Zamaria, PsyD, ABPP, Chair
Kathryn DeWitt, PhD
Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW
Adam Goldyne, MD
Mary Susan Hansen, MD
Mardi Horowitz, MD
Marc Jacobs, MD
Kerry-Ann Pinard, MD
Jonathan Shedler, PhD
George Silberschatz, PhD
Katherine Straznickas, PhD
William Wolfe, MD

Previous lectureship honorees

About Robert S. Wallerstein, MD

Robert S. Wallerstein, MD

Robert S. Wallerstein, MD

Robert S. Wallerstein, MD, (1921—2014) was a distinguished psychiatrist, psychotherapy researcher, and psychoanalytic leader who left a legacy of a widened scope of theory and technique in the psychological sectors of psychiatry. He was an administrator who advocated for cooperation between psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in achieving academic excellence and sought to develop a new profession, the Doctor of Mental Health. He also developed a departmental structure that worked across professional lines, leading to new ideas on research centers, educational plans, and high quality service delivery.

Dr. Wallerstein trained at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, rising to become the foundation’s director of research and conducting a pioneering study called the Psychotherapy Research Project. He moved to the Bay Area in 1966 as the chief of psychiatry at Mount Zion Hospital, then joined the faculty of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry as a professor. Dr. Wallerstein served as department chair and director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute from 1975-1985, as well as a training and supervising analyst at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, and president of both the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations.

In addition, he was a prodigious and influential author who penned 20 books and more than 400 scholarly articles. His books included Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Theory, Practice, Research (1975), Becoming a Psychoanalyst (1981), Forty-Two Lives in Treatment (1986), The Talking Cures: The Psychoanalyses and the Psychotherapies (1995), Lay Analysis: Life Inside the Controversy (1998), Psychoanalysis: Clinical and Theoretical (1999), and Psychoanalysis: Education, Research, Science, and Profession (2003). In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of psychoanalysis, he received the prestigious Sigourney Award in 1991.

Dr. Wallerstein was a leader by consensus. With a remarkable ability of synthesis, he strived to bring together diverse schools of theory and treatment technique. He will be remembered as a dynamic and tireless leader who contributed extensively to every organization that he led.