Arnold M. Cooper, MD

New York, New York

Award Year: 2009

cooper-arnoldm_2009…psychoanalysis has created an intellectual lineage that is relevant to nearly every form of human endeavor, ranging from economics, to history, to musicology to neuroscience, to name but a few. I believe that the depth of insight that psychoanalysis can provide for so many disciplines, the extraordinary individual changes that are possible for our patients, and the intellectual challenge and delight of psychoanalytic work that we analysts experience, will assure that psychoanalysis will not be sacrificed to sloppy thinking and the failure to do the hard work of research. The Sigourney Trust is playing a significant role in assuring the future of psychoanalysis and I am delighted to be a recipient of the Sigourney Award. – Arnold M. Cooper.

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Dr. Cooper is the Stephen P. Tobin and Dr. Arnold M. Cooper Professor Emeritus in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at Columbia Psychoanalytic Center. He has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Associate Director of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, and Adjunct Professor of Literature at Columbia. He has served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association, North American Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry. He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching, scholarship and leadership.

Dr Cooper has written over one hundred journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. He has had a special interest in issues of narcissism and masochism. His most recent books are “The Quiet Revolution in American Psychoanalysis: Selected Papers of Arnold M. Cooper,” edited by Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, (2005) and “Contemporary Psychoanalysis in America: Leading Analysts Present their Work” edited by Dr. Cooper, (2006). He is co-editor of the “Textbook of Psychoanalysis” with Ethel S. Person and Glen O. Gabbard, ( 2005) and co-editor of “Psychoanalysis on the Move; The Work of Joseph Sandler” with Peter Fonagy and Robert Wallerstein (1999).

Listen to Dr. Robert Michels introduce him at the Sigourney Award ceremony.

To watch a video of Judith Schachter’s Introduction to Robert Michels, Robert Michels’s Introduction to Arnold M. Cooper, and Arnold Cooper’s Acceptance Speech for the Sigourney Award on Janaury 14th, 2010 at the Essex House in New York City, click here.