Herbert Schlesinger, PhD
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Herbert J. Schlesinger graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1942. After serving in the U.S. Army in the U.S., France and Germany, he continued his graduate studies at the University of Kansas, the Menninger Foundation, and the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, receiving the Ph.D. in 1953.
At the Foundation, he rose to head its adult psychology staff and in 1960 was appointed a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Institute. In 1969 he joined the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Colorado School of Medicine as Professor of Psychiatry. He served for several years as Acting Chairman of the Department and Acting Superintendent of the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital.
He is a diplomate of the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical); and is certified in adult psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice.
In 1984, Dr. Schlesinger returned to New York City to head the Clinical Psychology Training Program of the Graduate Faculty of New School University as Alfred J. and Monette C. Marrow Professor of Psychology. He also joined the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research as Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst.In 2001, he was appointed Professor of Clinical Psychology in this Department, and Director of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Director of the Columbia Adult Comprehensive Evaluation Service in New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Center.
He also is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry in the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Schlesinger’s research into the effects of mental health care on the use of medical care services was supported for many years by NIMH, the Congressional Budget Office, and the McArthur Foundation.
His research and writing on clinical topics has been published widely in refereed journals and now includes four books. He served on the editorial boards of several journals, and for 20 years was Editor of Psychological Issues Monograph Series. He served for several terms on NIMH grant reviewing bodies and was appointed to the Advisory Council of ADAMHA and an adviser to the World Health Organization.
He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, an Honorary Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and of the American Psychopathological Association.
Investigations of the effects and effectiveness of psychotherapy using real-life outcome variables rather than scales that purport to measure hypothetical constructs.
Investigating the factors and processes that lead to changing or that oppose changing in psychotherapy.
Development of an effective and efficient psychotherapy.