Victor J. Teichner Award

The AAPDP and the AADPRT are pleased to announce the Victor J. Teichner Award to promote the teaching of psychodynamic principles to psychiatrists-in-training.

Victor J. Teichner, a former President of the AAPDP, was a respected psychiatrist/psychoanalyst who died at the age of 56. The award was created in his name as the result of a donation from a grateful patient. She wishes to ensure that Dr. Teichner’s creative psychodynamic approach will be part of the learning of the next generation of psychiatric clinicians. She honors his extraordinary dedication to his patients by funding the Visiting Scholars Award in his name.

The Award is made annually to one psychiatric residency program on the basis of an application to the Award Committee, composed of representatives of the AAPDP and the AADPRT.

The Program Awardee will receive a 1 to 3 day visit from a Visiting Scholar chosen from a list maintained by the AAPDP. Choice of Visiting Scholar and structure of the visit are made by the Program. The visit must take place during the academic year beginning July 1 after the announcement of the Awardee.


Victor J. Teichner, known to all as “Vic,” had a classic 20th century American life-story. The only child of Jewish immigrant parents, William, who emigrated as a teen from Vienna, Austria after World War One, and Sonya, who emigrated, also as a teen, from Russia, during the same era, Vic was a native New Yorker. He was born October 22, 1926, three years before the Great Depression that was so much a part of the sociocultural milieu of his Brooklyn childhood. He was one of the fortunate depression-era children, because his father had been educated as a civil engineer, and worked in a stable design job for the New York City subway system throughout the years when the nation struggled; nonetheless, he was highly aware that others were less well-off, something his socialist-oriented parents were careful to teach him.

Attending public schools in Coney Island, in a rigorous environment, Vic excelled in math and science (a classmate at Lincoln High School later went on to win a Nobel Prize in science,) and also took piano lessons, showing a special gift for jazz and “pop.” As a young teenager, he earned money by selling magazines door-to-door, with great success, perhaps due to his very engaging personality and his ability to speak a few phrases in Italian in the Italian neighborhoods, as well as a little Yiddish in the Jewish neighborhoods. At age 15, he rounded up a small pop-song band, and played hotels in the Catskills in the summers and bar mitzvahs in the winters. Taught tennis by his father, Vic became a superb and avid player, highly competitive, with excellent sportsmanship. Music and tennis remained lifelong passions for Vic, and, as with all his endeavors, he committed to them with spirit, delight, and effort.

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Psychiatric Residency Programs

Teichner Award-Program Application 2024 (will be posted soon)

2023 Awardees

Jyotsna Sreenivas Ranga, MD, Program Director

Creighton University School of Medicine


Rodney Villanueva, MD, Associate Program Director

Lynneice Bowen, MD, M.Ed., Program Director

Susan Gray, MD , Program Director

The Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency Program at Atrium Health

2022 Awardees

Carlos E. Velez, MD, Associate Program Director for Psychotherapy Training

UT Health San Antonio


Martin Klapheke, MD, Director of Psychiatry Residency Psychotherapy Training

University of Central Florida College of Medicine

2021 Awardees

Rebecca Lundquist, MD, Program Director

Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Training Program


John Luo, MD, Psychiatry Residency Training Program Director

Robert McCarron, DO, Psychiatry Residency Training Program Director

UC Irvine Medical Center

2020 Awardees

Karim Ghobrial-Sedky, MD, MSc, DFAPA, Professor of Psychiatry

Psychiatry Residency Director and Medical Student Education Director

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University


Colonel Judy Kovell, MD, Psychiatry Residency Director

Tripler Army Medical Center Psychiatry Residency

2019 Awardees

Mariam Rahmani, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director

University of Florida

Michael Adam Shapiro, MD, Director of Psychotherapy Education

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

2018 Awardees:

Donald W. Black, MD, Residency Training Director
Erin Crocker, MD, Director of Psychotherapy Training

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Heike Minnich, PsyD, HSPP, Dipl.-Psych.
Director of Psychiatry Residency Psychotherapy Training
GHS University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Eunice Peterson, MD
Psychiatry Residency Program Director
GHS University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

2017 Awardee:

Caroline Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis, Oregon

2016 Awardees:

Henry W. Weisman, M.D.
Director Residency Training, Psychiatry
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso

Sandra Rackley, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director
Mayo Clinic

Kristin Somers, M.D.
Psychiatry Residency Associate Program Director
Mayo Clinic

Cosima Swintak, M.D.
Psychiatry Residency Program Director
Mayo Clinic

2015 Awardee:

Drs. Timothy Sullivan and Michael Twist
North Shore LIJ Staten Island University Hospital

2014 Awardee:

Shawn Van Gerpen, MD, Program Director, University of South Dakota/Sanford School of Medicine
University of South Dakota Department of Psychiatry

2013 Awardee:

University of Buffalo Department of Psychiatry
Cynthia A. Pristach, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry

2012 Awardee:

University of New Mexico Health Science Center Department of Psychiatry
Jeffrey Katzman, MD, Vice Chair, Education and Academic Affairs

2011 Awardee:

Indiana University School of Medicine
Joanna Chambers, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Residency Education

2010 Awardee:

UCLA-Kern Psychiatry Residency Program
Tai P. Yoo M.D., MSBA, DLFAPA, Professor, Chairman and Director

Past Awardees:

2009 – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Jeffrey G. Stovall M.D., Program Director
2008 – University of Kentucky
Debra Katz, M.D., Program Director

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar Application Form

Current List of Scholar Applicants:

César Alfonso, M.D.
Eugene Beresin, M.A., M.D.
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.
Richard Brockman, M.D.
Mary Ann Cohen, M.D.
Jennifer Downey, M.D.
Jack Drescher, M.D.
Myron Glucksman, M.D.
Elizabeth Haase, M.D.
Sheila Hafter Gray, M.D.

Robert E. Feinstein, M.D.
Craig L.Katz, M.D.
Damian Kim, M.D.
David Mintz, M.D.
Peter Olsson, M.D.
Ferruccio Osimo, M.D.
Gerald P. Perman, M.D.
Ann Louise Silver, M.D.
Nada Stotland, M.D., M.P.H.
Allan Tasman, M.D.
Stephen M. Weissman, M.D.

Thomas Kalman, M.D.

2015 Visiting Scholar:

César A. Alfonso, M.D.

2014 Visiting Scholar:

Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, M.D.

2013 Visiting Scholar:

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

2012 Visiting Scholar:

Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, M.D.

2011 Visiting Scholar:

Richard Brockman, M.D.

Past Visiting Scholars:

Deborah Cabaniss, M.D.
2010 & 2009

Jennifer Downey, M.D.

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• Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A clinical manual – Authors: Deborah L. Cabaniss, Sabrina Cherry, Carolyn J. Douglas, Anna R. Schwartz
Article featured in the Academy Forum: Winter 2010-2011, pgs. 6-7.
Article featured in In Psych, December 2009, pg. 7
Articles featured in the Academy Forum: Winter 2009, pgs. 4-8


AADPRT’s 41st Annual Meeting presentation: The Future of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Education: Beyond Geographical Boundaries A Vision of the Victor J. Teichner Award Leader Leader: Joanna Chambers, MD; Participants: Jeffrey Katzman, MD, Lee I. Ascherman, MD, MPH, Eugene V. Beresin, MA, MD, Cesar Alfonso, MD, and Donna Vanderpool, MBA, JD.
APA Symposium presentation “The Role of Sexual History Taking in Improving Psychotherapeutic Treatment” May 25, 2010. Presented by Matt Nelter, M.D. who was a resident of the University of Kentucky while Dr. Jennifer Downey made her visit.
AAPDP’s 53rd Annual Meeting Session XI: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Education Presenters: Jennifer Downey, M.D. and Debra Katz, M.D., The First Teichner Scholar Visit: Views from the Program
AAPDP’s 53rd Annual Meeting Session X: Joint Panel of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and the American College of Psychoanalysts: Teaching Psychoanalytic Principles to Psychiatric Residents Co-Chairs: Douglas Ingram, MD and David Edelstein, MD. Presenter: Jennifer Downey, MD, Psychodynamic Thinking and the Psychiatric Resident: Lessons from a “Classic Course”, Discussants: Timothy Lacy, MD, Jerome Winer, MD, and Ralph Wharton, MD
AAPDP’s 52nd Annual Meeting Session X: Teaching Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to Psychiatric Residents. Chair: Mariam Cohen, MD, Presenters: Debra Katz, MD, Marcia Kaplan, MD, Ken Brown, MD

Victor J. Teichner Award – Presentation