Marvin Margolis, MD, PhD

United States

Award Year: 2003

margolis_50Marvin Margolis is clinical associate professor of psychology at Wayne State University, Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Professional Standards and also President of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has demonstrated consummate skills in trying to unify disparate psychoanalytic constituencies.

He was introduced by Richard Fox, who called Margolis a healer, teacher, and leader. Fox praised Margolis’ ability to heal individuals, including colleagues with ethical problems as well as organizations. Margolis teaches constantly, said Fox, and have served as mentor to many other leaders. He spreads the psychoanalytic gospel with missionary zeal, and created dozens of committees within the ApsaA, most of them for outreach efforts. Margolis always encouraged baby steps as the path to change but, said Fox, “Marvin’s baby steps are those of a giant.” In his acceptance speech, Margolis stressed the need to unify the psychoanalytic world in the U.S. and to nourish and develop our psychoanalytic institutions.