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Jun. 24,  2008

Paul Receives National Psychoanalysis Award

Robert A. Paul, dean of Emory University's undergraduate Emory College, has received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).

The award was given in recognition of Paul's "far reaching contributions to furthering psychoanalysis in both undergraduate and graduate education and for his unparalleled vision and generativity in creating programs that have positioned psychoanalysis as an interdisciplinary academic field of study."

Paul is the highest ranking academic administrator among APsaA members and key to developing a model for integrating the academic study of psychoanalysis within the curricula of undergraduate and graduate education.

In 1987, Paul began clinical training at the Emory's Psychoanalytic Institute, located in the Psychiatry Department of Emory's School of Medicine. He graduated in 1992 and was certified by the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1997. He was appointed as a training and supervising analyst in 2002.

Paul maintains a private clinical practice and holds an appointment as associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In 1997, he established Emory's widely recognized Psychoanalytic Studies Program and, in 2000, received Emory's Crystal Apple Award for his graduate teaching in that program.

His book, "Moses and Civilization: The Meaning Behind Freud's Myth" (Yale University press, 1996), received the Heinz Hartmann Award in Psychoanalysis, the L. Bryce Boyer Award in Psychological Anthropology, and the National Jewish Book Award in the area of Jewish Thought.

Founded in 1911, APsaA is a professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States. The Association is composed of Affiliate Societies and Training Institutes in many cities and has approximately 3,300 individual members. APsaA is a Regional Association of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

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