Wallerstein Report

Wallerstein Report

by Nathan M. Szajnberg, M.D.


Dear Colleagues,

Since 2005, I have been honored to hold the position as Wallerstein Research Fellow of SFCP.  I was particularly honored to follow Enrico Jones.  My focus has been on developmental outcome from infancy through young adulthood and the nature of attachment.  In addition to empirical studies (emphasized by the Wallerstein Committee), I have also written papers on psychoanalytic process, on Caravaggio, and psychosomatic illnesses in children and attachment, among other papers.  The Wallerstein also permitted me to serve as the Freud Professor at the Hebrew University, following Sandler, Solnit, Blatt and others.

While I realize that many of my colleagues in SFCP have followed my work, I would like to summarize what I have done in the past eight years. In each publication, I acknowledge  the Wallerstein Fellowship of SF-CP, but I would like to present this letter to my colleagues at SFCP.

I have collated CV my work as the Wallerstein Research Fellow of SFCP.  I’ve divided the following into six sections: 1. Scientific papers  2. Papers in International Psychoanalysis.net 3. Honors and Invited Lectureships (partial list) 4. Books (I’ve written three while Wallerstein Fellow) 5. Chapters and Reviews 6. Current studies (both my attachment study of analysts in China and my upcoming book on pre-psychoanalytic concepts of personhood in Western Literature).

To summarize, the Wallerstein emphasizes empirical research and my focus has been on development across the life cycle. But I also benefited from the time the Wallerstein Fellowship offered to think about other psychoanalytic matters, such as my Ticho lecture, which is an outline for my upcoming book and was based on my three years of teaching at the Hebrew University as the Freud Professor.  Here is the overview of my work.

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I’ve completed three books under the Wallerstein.

Lives Across Time took some six years of empirical research; we published six articles, several in IJP. The Wallerstein permitted me time to write the book. It is translated into Chinese and is a best-seller in China.  My Cambridge University Press chapter summarizes our follow-up of Brody’s work (#5 below).

For Reluctant Warriors, I made twenty-four trips over four years to interview the soldiers (prior to moving to Israel).

Sheba and Solomon’s Return: Ethiopian Children in Israel will be published later this year and is the culmination of my work in Israel.


Scientific Publications Sponsored by the Wallerstein Fellowship (2005-present).

A. Original Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals

1. Massie, H., Szajnberg, NM. (2006). My Life Is a Longing: Child Abuse and Its Adult Sequelae from Birth to Age 30. Int. J. Psychoanal., 87: 471-96.

2. Szajnberg, NM, Elliot Wilson, M, Beuachaine, TP, Waters, E. (2009). Mothers of Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Attachment Classifications and Patterns of Psychopathology” Isr. J. Psychiatry.

3. Szajnberg, N. M. (2010). Dante’s Commedia: Its Contribution to a Psychoanalytic Sense of What is Human and Precursors of Psychoanalytic Technique. Int. J. Psycho-Anal.,91: 183-197.

4. Szajnberg, N. M. (2010). Dreaming and Development: Early, Mid and Late Phase Shifts in Associative and Interpretive Processes. Psychoanalytic Review, 97 (4), August, 2010; 633-656.

5. Szajnberg, N. Goldenberg, A., Harari, U. (2010) Early Trauma, Later Outcome: Results from Longitudinal Studies and Clinical Observations. In: Vermetten and Lanius, Eds.,The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease, Cambridge University Press.

6. Szajnberg, N. M. (2011). Clarity and Ambiguity in Psychoanalytic Practice. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 75, No 1: 1-20.

7.Szajnberg, N. (2012). Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves: An Adolescent’s Developmental System for the Undead and Their Dependence on the Living. Psychoanalytic Review, 99 (6): 897-910.

8. Szajnberg, N. (2013). Caravaggio: 400 years later; A Psychoanalytic Portrait of His Works. J. Amer. Psychoanalytic Association, April, 2013.



B. Scientific Papers in International Psychoanalysis:


1. Szajnberg, N. (2011). Emotions Concealed and Revealed: Ekman's Contribution to a Common Ground in Psychoanalysis. IP.net (not peer reviewed publication)


2.  Szajnberg, N. (2012). Analyst’s Countermovements in Child Treatment. IP.net (not peer reviewed publication)


I have also reviewed several books as Managing Editor of IP.net.




C. Honors and Invited Lectureships (partial listing):


Ticho Lectureship, Am. Psychoanalytic Association, 2012.


Visiting Professor, Wuhan Mental Health Center, Tongji Medical School: 2011-2014. This is twice annually (April and September). In addition to lecturing at Wuhan, I have been invited to lecture at Shanghai and Ningbo.


D. Books

Massie, H. and Szajnberg, N.M. (2008): Lives Across Time/Growing Up: a Thirty Year Prospective Study. Karnac.

The Chinese translation of Lives Across Time with a new forward by myself and afterward by Professor Jun Tong was issued in 2013 by World Book Press.  It has sold out the first printing; a second printing is in process and a second edition is planned for 2014. It is in the top ten best sellers in China for psychological books.

Szajnberg, N. (2011). Reluctant Warriors: Israelis Suspended Between Rome and Jerusalem. IPBooks.

Szajnberg, N. M. (2013) Sheba and Solomon’s Return: Ethiopian Children in Israel (A Study of Development and Attachment). Amazon/Createspace.

E. Chapters and Reviews:


1. Szajnberg, N. (2007). Protecting the Self: Defense Mechanisms in Action, Phebe Cramer, Guilford, 2006, In: Int. J. Psa.

2.. Szajnberg, N. (2008). The Future of Prejudice. Parens, Mahfouz, Twemlow and Sharff. Aronson (2006). In: JAPA.

3. Szajnberg, N. and Goldenberg, A. (2009). The Texture of Treatment and Endings and Beginnings, H. Schlesinger, 2003, 2005). Sichot (In Hebrew)

4. Szajnberg, N. and Segal, K. 2010. The Struggle Against Mourning, Ilany Kogan. Sichot. (In Hebrew).

5.  Goldenberg, A. and Szajnberg, N (2013). A Soldier’s Loneliness. In “Encounters with Loneliness: Only the Lonely.” Eds. A.K. Richards, L. Spira, A. Lynch. IPBooks. p. 273-288.

6.  Szajnberg, N. and Richards, Arnold (in press). Forward to reissue of Richard C. Friedman’s Male Homosexuality.


F. Current Studies:

1.  We have initiated the first empirical study of psychoanalyst and psychoanalysand attachment and its effect upon psychoanalytic outcome. This is being performed in China with the agreement of members of the IPA/China program, Dr. Jun Tong and Dr. Yikun Wu, both of Wuhan Medical Center. We have interviewed eleven psychoanalytic candidates in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan and have begun interviewing their first cases.  We are using other measures than attachment to study the analysands. We have amnamneses of the analysts, all of which I performed.  This study refines Kantrowitz’s now classical study of “fit,” by using attachment as a major variable.  This should be a pioneering, controlled study of both analyst and analysand to learn how “match” influences treatment course.

2.  I am beginning a book on Western views of inner life, using literature from Homer and the Bible through modern times. I use Auerbach’s Mimesis as a framework both for selecting the texts and as a model for how to read about inner representations in various eras and cultures.  Our current psychoanalytic concepts of inner life were assembled over centuries from developing concepts (sometimes progressive, sometimes regressive). This book is based on my three years teaching this course at the Hebrew University.  My Ticho lectureship gave an outline of this book.


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