For Immediate Release

Susan L. Donner, MD, Receives AACAP Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award

Washington, DC, September 30, 2019 – The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to announce Susan L. Donner, MD as the recipient of AACAP's 2019 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award.

This award recognizes the best published or unpublished paper, written by an AACAP member, that uses a psychodynamic framework and presents: 1) clinical material demonstrating the inner life of an infant, child, or adolescent or 2) research material that promotes psychodynamic principles in order to illustrate the paper’s idea or hypothesis. The award, supported by the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Foundation, was established in 1996.

Dr. Donner is a graduate of Harvard University and the UCSF School of Medicine. She is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the UCLA Greffen School of Medicine, Director of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles, as well as the Training and Supervising Analyst and Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst. Dr. Donner runs a private practice for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. She is a Distinguished Fellow of AACAP and the APA.

Dr. Donner presents, "Making Meaning Through Play: Psychotherapeutic Intervention in a Pre-School Child with Global Developmental Delay" at AACAP's 66th Annual Meeting on October 17, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.

For more information on this award, please contact Reilly Polka, Communications Manager.


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