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Phil lebovitz, md, FABP

Professional Positions

  • 1970-1972 Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, Great Lakes Naval Base, Illinois
  • 1972-1979 Staff Member, Northwestern University Student Mental Health Service
  • 1973-Present Private Practice Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
  • 1986-1998 Director, Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at CMS’ McCormick Clinic Coordinator, Psychotherapy Training for Residents

Academic Appointments

  • 1972-2016 Adjunct Instructor, Northwestern University Medical School
  • 1986-2005 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School
  • 1993-Present Faculty Member The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
  • 2003-Present Training and Supervising Analyst The Chicago institute for Psychoanalysis 
  • 2005-Present Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School

Honors & Awards

  • Littner Award for Academic Excellence.  Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
  • 1990 Littner Award for Academic Excellence.  Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis,Co-Recipient
  • 1999 Fellow, American College of Psychoanalysts
  • 2003 Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Chicago Psychoanalytic Society
  • American College of Psychoanalysts


  • 2012: Certified in Adult Psychoanalysis, The American Psychoanalytic Association
  • 2015: Certified in Adult Psychoanalysis.  The American Board of Psychoanalysis

Organizational Appointments

American Board for Psychoanalysis

  • Board Member (2014-present)

The American Psychoanalytic Association

  • 2001-2010 Member, Committee on New Training Facilities
  • 2003-2008 Member, Ad Hoc Committee on New Centers for Psychoanalysis 
  • 2004-2010 Chair, Sub Committee on Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute, a New Training Facility of the Committee on New Training Facilities
  • 2013-2015 Member, APsaA Task Force on Externalization of Certification
  • 2014 -present Chair, Committee on Collaborative Institute Development (formerly Committee on New Training Facilities)

Illinois Psychiatric Society

  • 1988-20004 Member, Program Committee
  • 1988-1996 Member, Paper Competition Committee for Psychiatry Residents and Medical Students 
  • 2000- present Member, Ethics Committee
  • 2001-2008 Member and Chair, Ethics Committee

Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine at the Chicago Medical School

  • 1990-1999 Member, Admissions Committee 

Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

  • 1992-1999 Member, Research Division Group 
  • 1992-1995 Member, Post Graduate Education Committee 
  • 1993-2000 Coordinator of endowed Lectures series 
  • 1993-1995 Member, Human Experimentations Subcommittee 
  • 1993-1997 Member, Library Committee
  • 1994-1996 Chairman, Library Committee
  • 1994-1997 Member, Admissions Committee
  • 1994-1995 Member, Clinic Committee
  • 1995-1997 Member, Committee on Committees
  • 1995-2001 Member, Geographic Training Facilities
  • 1995 - 2002 Member, Education Council
  • 2002-2005 Member, Evaluation of Learning Committee
  • 2002-June, 2011 Faculty member, Board of Trustees
  • 2003-2006 Member, Admissions Committee
  • 2005-2011 Member, Progression Committee 

  • 2005-2010 Member, Training Analyst Selection Committee

  • 2007-2011 Member, Evaluation of Learning Committee 

  • 2008-2010 Faculty –at-large Member, Education Council 

  • 2008-2011 Member, Ethics Committee

  • 2010-2011 Chair, Progression Committee

  • 1/1/ 2012 – 10/1/2013 Director of Institute

  • 2014-present Member, Training Analyst Selection Committee

Chicago Psychoanalytic Society

  • 1993 Chairman, Survey of Members Committee

Papers & Presentations

  • 1972 Effeminate Behavior in Boys: Aspects of Its Outcome Amer J Psychiatr 1972.
  • 1993 Twinship and alter-ego: A clinical Manifestation (unpublished), 1993.
  • 1996 Book Review of A Guide to the Language of Psychoanalysis - An Empirical Study of the Relationships among Psychoanalytic Terms and Concepts by George H. Klumpner. Madison, CT: 
  • 1998 Book Review of Affects As Process: An Inquiry Into the Centrality of Affect in Psychological Life by Joseph M. Jones. Hillsdale NJ: Analytic Press in Psychiatric Services 47:662 
  • 2000 Book Review of Borderline Personality Disorder: Tailoring the Psychotherapy to the Patient by Leonard Horwitz, Glen O. Gabbard, Jon G. Allen, Siebolt H. Frieswyk, Donald B. Colson, Gavin E. Newsome and Lolafaye Coyne. Washington D.C.: American Psychiatric Press in Psychiatric Services 49:845-846 
  • 2000 Defense Transference and Psychoanalytic Process - monograph (unpublished) and jointly authored with Nathan Schlessinger, Dan Busch, Ken Newman, Henry Seidenberg and Bert Cohler 
  • 2002 The Enigma of Empathy: Etymology and Transformation (unpublished) 
  • 2004 Integrating Psychoanalysis and Psychopharmacology: A Review of the Literature of Combined Treatment for Affective Disorders. J. Amer. Academy Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry 32: 585-596 
  • 2005 Houses as Self Portraits: Notes on Architects Who Design Their Own Homes – Annual of Psychoanalysis 33:67-75


  • 1985 The Breakdown in Creativity of an Artist: Tennessee Williams presented at the Creativity and Madness Winter Conference
  • 1987 The Riddle of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony: A Psychological Hypothesis presented at the Creativity and Madness Winter Conference
  • 1991 Psychodynamic Psychiatry: Is it Scientifically Sound? presented at Psychiatry Grand Rounds for FUHS/ Chicago Medical School
  • 1992 Research in Psychoanalysis: Can it be Quantified? Presented at Psychiatry Grand Rounds for FUHS/Chicago Medical School
  • 1993 Psychopharmacology and Psychodynamic Psychiatry: Whether, When and How to Integrate them presented in October at Rush - North Shore Hospital 
  • 1993 Conceptual Issues in the Integration of Psychoanalysis and Psychopharmacology presented in December at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis 
  • 1994 Conceptual Issues in the Integration of Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy Presented in March at Grand Rounds at the Chicago Medical School 
  • 1994 Panel discussion of a new play: "Freud, Dora and the Wolfman" presented in April at Pegasus Theatre at Truman College
  • April, 1994 Panel discussion of "Freud, Dora and the Wolfman" on the Studs Terkel program on radio station WFMT in Chicago
  • September 21, 1994 Panelist on the Creative Process, Its Risks and Its Successes at Live Bait Theatre, Chicago 
  • June, 2001 The Problem of Empathy Is “What Is It” Presidential address to Chicago Psychoanalytic Society 
  • December, 2001 Research on Assessment of Change in Psychoanalysis: Using the Defense transference, Presented to Collaborative Analytic MultiSite Program at Winter meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association 
  • May 21, 2002 Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Resurrection Hospital Psychiatry Department
  • April 28, 2004 Integrating Psychoanalysis and Psychopharmacotherapy, presented To Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Faculty
  • January 19, 2005 A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Teaching and Learning Golf, presented to Sports and Psychoanalysis Discussion Group at winter meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association 
  • December, 2005 Houses as Self Portraits: Architects Who Design Their Own Houses, presented to Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society 
  • August, 2006 On the Problem of Empathy, presented to Aspen, CO meeting of Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies 
  • February 27, 2011 Assessing Change in the Therapeutic Process: What Does Research Show? , presented to The Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Washington, D.C.
  • October 20, 2012 Cinema on the Couch discussion of Robot and Frank, a film discussion series sponsored by Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis 
  • August 14, 2013 “Belleville”, play at Steppenwolf discussed with Martha Lavey, artistic director 
  • October, 2014 How Does Psychoanalysis Work? , panelist at Psychoanalysis on Ice Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • February 15, 2015 Cinema on the Couch discussion of This is Martin Bonner, a film discussion series sponsored by Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis


  • 1991-Present InterDisciplinary Workshop on Literature and Psychoanalysis at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
  • 1992-2000 Research on the Psychoanalytic Process at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
  • 1996-2005 Research Group on Statistical Coding of the Psychoanalytic Process in collaboration with Wilma Bucci, Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University 
  • August, 2001 Participant, International Psycho-analytical Association Research Seminar, chaired by Peter Fonagy at Kings College, London
  • 2003-present Colloquium on Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism, chaired by Stanley Coen, Sunday Morning of the Winter Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Assoc
  • July, 2008 European Psycho-analytical Federation-North American Psychonalytic Committee Joint Conference held in Amsterdam, Holland
  • July, 2010 European Psycho-analytical Federation-North American Psychonalytic Committee Joint Tri-Regional Conference held in Cascais, Portugal
  • July, 2012 European Psycho-analytical Federation-North American Psychonalytic Committee Joint Tri-Regional Conference held in Bordeaux, France
  • July, 2014 European Psycho-analytical Federation-North American Psychonalytic Committee Joint Tri-Regional Conference held in Barcelona, Spain

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