SFCP Newsletter Biography

SFCP Newsletter Biography

by Henry Massie, M.D.

A short time ago, the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis felt that it would be a good idea to introduce itself to the membership with brief biographies. It fell to me to be the first. I am an adult and child psychiatrist, one of the Community Members on the Board. In a way, I am a hybrid because I am an “almost analyst,” having finished all of my classes and a period of supervised control cases at the San Francisco Institute before veering away in the direction of research in about 1985.

I have led two projects: The first was the documentation of the early signs and symptoms of autism via analysis of familymade home movies of the infancies of later diagnosed children (Childhood Psychosis in the First Four Years of Life, Henry Massie & Judith Rosenthal, McGraw-Hill, 2984). The second was the 30-year follow up of Sylvia Brody’s cohort of children, which began in the third trimester of pregnancy and included mother-child interaction films, psychoanalytically oriented interviews, and psycho-diagnostic testing. Nathan Szajnberg of the SFCP and I reported this work in our book, Lives Across Time: Paths to Emotional Health and Emotional Illness from Birth to 30 in 76 People, Karnac, 2008. Kay Campbell, now of the Detroit Psychoanalytic Institute, and I, also developed the Massie-Campbell Scale of Mother-Infant Attachment During Stress
(ADS Scale)
in the 1980s, available free on the internet.

Most recently I segued into biography with Felice’s Worlds—From the Holocaust to the Halls of Modern Art, 2012 (available through Amazon or BooksBnimble as Art of a Jewish Woman, an ebook). It is a story about surviving emotional trauma and how its residue persists across generations. The books are all available in the SFCP library.

A constant throughout my professional life has been half-time practice of psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy in Berkeley, CA, and a fervent belief in the psychoanalytic model of human development and the mind. This belief began when my mother’s copy of Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams fell off her bookshelf into my hands when I was in junior high school in 1954. It continues to this day in my pleasure in supporting psychoanalytic thinking—in treatment, research, the humanities, and social sciences—where it finds a superb home in the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

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