The Kupferstein Memorial Award
Leon Kupferstein Memorial Award for Innovation in Psychoanalysis
This award was established in the name of Dr. Leon Kupferstein, a graduate and past-President of New York Psychoanalytic Society (2001–2003) and is to be issued every three years to honor innovation in the field of psychoanalysis. Dr. Kupferstein was a dedicated student of Sigmund Freud, but also possessed a firm belief that the art and science of psychoanalysis must move forward and respond to new discoveries about the human condition.
NYPSI’s Leon Kupferstein Memorial Award for Innovation in Psychoanalysis will be presented to a living person whose innovative or influential contribution has allowed psychoanalysis to move forward. There are no restrictions regarding nationality or country of origin except that published work must exist in English and all documents and the nomination must be submitted in English. Both NYPSI members as well as non-NYPSI members may be considered for nomination.
This award is sponsored by New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and is accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium.
The following individuals have been recognized:
Dr. Barbara L. Milrod
Barbara L. Milrod, M.D. is the recipient of the first juried Leon Kupferstein Memorial Award for Innovation in Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Milrod is currently Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell and she also maintains a private practice in Manhattan specializing in panic disorder and agoraphobia, with expertise in anxiety and mood disorders in adults and children. She has dedicated her career to providing scientific, reliably reproducible evidence demonstrating the efficacy and utility of psychoanalytic forms of treatment. To this end, she became expert in psychotherapy research, specifically in clinical trials and outcome studies. In collaboration with colleagues, Dr. Milrod wrote the first psychoanalytic psychotherapy manual for an Axis I anxiety disorder, panic disorder.
“Dr. Milrod has made a unique contribution to the field of psychoanalysis by developing a specific addition to the treatment of a serious and prevalent disorder by demonstrating to the medical world, the funding world, and the research world that psychodynamic treatment is useful and practical,” explained Dr. Leon Hoffman, Chair of the Leon Kupferstein Memorial Award Committee and co-Director of the Pacella Parent Child Center at NYPSI. “Her work connects psychoanalysis proper with the research world, is an avenue toward the reintroduction of psychodynamic concepts into medical education, and has achieved the respect of non-psychoanalytic clinicians.”
After receiving her medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Milrod completed her residency in general psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at The Payne Whitney Clinic in Manhattan. For the next six years, she held positions as an Instructor and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and received her psychoanalytic training at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute where she is currently a Member.
Dr. Charles Brenner
Inaugural Recipient, in honor of his long-standing commitments and considerable body of work that continues to contribute to the modern understanding of the value of psychoanalysis.