John Ross has been practicing, teaching and writing about psychoanalysis for four decades, having analyzed fifty analytic patients to date along with his work conducting individual and couples therapy, consultation and supervision. A Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers and a Training and Supervising Analyst and Senior Associate Director at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, John served for ten years as Secretary-Treasurer of the Sigmund Freud Archives of the Library of Congress, where he remains a director. He has been on the editorial boards of the major psychoanalytic journals and has long been a trustee of Margaret S. Mahler Child Development Foundation. Along with his several hundred presentations and several dozen journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, commentaries, television, and radio appearances, John has published eight books. Included among these are trade and academic volumes published by Holt, Simon and Schuster, Harvard and Oxford University and other presses: Father and Child; The Oedipus Papers; New Dimensions in Psychotherapy: Tales of Sex, Love and Danger (co-authored with Sudhir Kakar and revised for a 25th Anniversary edition in 2012); The Male Paradox; What Men Wan; and The Sadomasochism of Everyday Life. His honors include The American Association of Publishers’ Award for the Outstanding Book in The Behavioral and Social Sciences, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency, Columbia’s George E. Daniels Merit Award for Contributions to Psychoanalysis, Columbia’s and Downstate Medical Center’s Teacher of the Year Awards, Honorary Membership in The American College of Psychoanalysis and the Sigmund Freud, Peter Blos and Vamik Volkan Annual Lectureships.

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