Internationally renowned psychoanalytic and psychotherapy researcher Jacques Barber to speak at 2024 Wallerstein Lecture

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will host the 18th Robert S. Wallerstein Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, from 1:00–3:00 p.m. PDT at the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building. The event's keynote lecture, "My Journey as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Researcher: The Process of Studying Outcome and the Outcome of Studying Processes," will be delivered by this year's honoree, Adelphi University's Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP.

Immediately following the keynote presentation will be a discussion led by Santa Clara University Assistant Professor Xiaochen Luo, PhD, and UCSF Volunteer Clinical Professor George Silberschatz, PhD, followed by a question and answer session for audience participants.

A groundbreaking psychoanalytic and psychotherapy researcher


2024 Wallerstein Lecture honoree Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP

Barber is internationally known for his research on the efficacy of psychotherapy in treating depression, panic disorders, personality disorders, cocaine dependence and interpersonal problems. He is a professor and former dean of the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University, as well as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at New York University and professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Graduate Psychology Group at the University of Pennsylvania.

He has published more than 290 papers, chapters and books, including Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice, which he coauthored with Richard F. Summers, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Practicing Psychodynamic Therapy: A Casebook, co-edited with Summers. Barber and his Adelphi colleague J. Christopher Muran, PhD, collaborated on a revised psychodynamic therapy research chapter in Bergin and Garfield’s Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change (7th Edition), considered “the bible of psychotherapy.”

Barber has won numerous awards for his scholarship. In addition to the Distinguished Career Research Award from the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association (APA), he has received two honors from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Division 29 of the APA: the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentorship Award as well as the Distinguished Psychologist Award for Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy. Barber is a past president of the international Society for Psychotherapy Research and was a recipient of its early career award in 1996 and its Distinguished Research Career Award in 2014.

Lecture series honors former department chair and distinguished psychoanalytic leader

Each year, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences invites a distinguished scholar to speak on campus as part of its special lecture series is held in honor of the late Robert S. Wallerstein, MD (1921–2014). First held in 2006, the annual series focuses on showcasing psychoanalytic knowledge and clinical expertise that influence psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. Past speakers have included featured noted clinicians and researchers such as Otto Kernberg, MD; Beatrice Beebe, PhD; Mark Solms, PhD; and Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD.

Wallerstein 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. Wallerstein also developed a departmental structure that worked across professional lines, leading to new ideas on research centers, educational plans, and high quality service delivery.

He 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. 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.

Free tickets now available online

This Wallerstein Lecture is free and open to the public, but is geared towards a professional audience. It will also be streamed live online via Zoom. Registration is required. For further information, visit or email [email protected].


About UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry BuildingUCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital; UCSF Medical Centers at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; the San Francisco VA Health Care System; UCSF Fresno; and numerous community-based sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the health sciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Health, which serves as UCSF’s primary academic medical center, includes top-ranked specialty hospitals and other clinical programs, and has affiliations throughout the Bay Area.