The AACAP Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award

The Psychotherapy Committee is interested in papers from members at all levels of experience (senior, mid-career, and trainees) and all areas of practice (private practice, clinical faculty, full-time academics, and researchers). Unpublished papers and papers published within the last three years may be submitted by their authors. Papers published within the last three years may be nominated by any member of AACAP.

The Award

  • $4,500 prize;
  • Delivery of an Honors Presentation at the AACAP Annual Meeting in October
  • For an unpublished winning paper, future publication is not a requirement or promise of the award, but the author will be encouraged to submit the paper for peer review to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or a psychotherapy journal of the author's choosing. Editorial assistance will be provided, if requested.

Instructions for Authors

  • No longer than 30 pages, double spaced;
  • A case or cases treated in psychodynamic psychotherapy modalities including the individual, family and group therapy or psychoanalysis;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the inner experience of the child;
  • Demonstrate the use of the doctor-patient relationship as a vehicle for change;
  • Report signs and symptoms to facilitate locating this case within the descriptive criteria of the DSM to allow comparison with reports and studies in the psychiatric literature; and
  • Include a focused literature review of pertinent, current child and adolescent psychiatric writings.

Submission Process

  • Deadline: May 3, 2021
  • Please send an electronic copy of your paper to the attention of Jeffrey Strawn, M.D. and Sergio Delgado, M.D., Co-Chairs, Psychotherapy Committee, c/o the AACAP Clinical Practice Department to

Do You Have Questions?
Please direct all questions to the AACAP Psychotherapy Committee:

Sergio Delgao, M.D.

Jeffrey Strawn, M.D.

The availability of all awards is contingent upon receipt of funding.

AACAP Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award Recipients

Gilbert Kliman, MD Regularity of IQ Rise With an Interpersonal Preschool Treatment: 81 Treated Preschoolers vs. 63 Comparison and Controls
2019 Susan L. Donner, MD Making Meaning Through Play: A Psychotherapeutic Intervention in a Preschool Child With Global Developmental Delay
2018 Beverly J.Stoute, MD Racial Socialization and Thwarted Mentalization: Reflections of a Psychoanalyst from the Lived Experience of James Baldwin's America
2017 Daniel S. Schechter, MD And Then There Was Intersubjectivity: Treating Child Self and Mutual Dysregulation During Traumatic Play
2016 Sergio V. Delgado, MD Two-Person Relational Psychotherapy of a High School-Age Adolescent: Integrating Intersubjectivity and Neuroscience in Clinical Work
2015 Daniel S. Schechter, MD Traumatically Skewed Intersubjectivity 
2014 Michael Shapiro, MD Pseudohallucinations in an Adolescent: Considerations for Diagnosis and Treatment
2013 John K. Burton, MD Neutrality, Abstinence, and the Therapist’s Sexual Orientation: Complex Meanings for the Adolescent in Treatment
2012 Ann Alaoglu Untangling Psyche and Soma: A Traumatized Adolescent with Lyme Disease
2011 Not Presented This Year
2010 Daniel S. Schechter, MD When Parenting Becomes Unthinkable: Intervening with Traumatized Parentsand Their Toddlers
2009 Lenore C. Terr, MD The Use of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Clinical Practice and the Development, Teaching and Practice of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2008 Helene Keable, MD But Now I Have a Huge Memory” or Defenses, a Therapeutic Tool and Outcome Measure
2007 Rachel Seidel, MD Anna, Leaving for College: Interuption, Separation, and Termination in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of an Adolescent Girl with Bulimia
2006 Theodore Gaensbauer,MD  Traumatized Young Children: The Treatment Process
2005 Not Presented This Year
2004 Barbara Milrod, MD Using Panic Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Adolescents (PFPP-A)