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News Release

March 8, 2010
Contact: Jake Lynn
Director of Public Affairs
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APsaA Announces Call for Entries for Journalism Award

Deadline for submissions is October 12, 2010

New York, NY - The American Psychoanalytic Association has announced a call for entries for the association's Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award, which is broadly conceived, recognizes professional reporting or autobiographical accounts of outstanding merit that contributes in an exceptional way to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena.

Nominated work need not be specifically about psychoanalysis or psychotherapy, per se. And, nominated work may critique or question psychoanalysis as long as it advances understanding of human relationships and/or the life of the mind.

For example, articles which discuss privacy/confidentiality issues in healthcare, provider/patient relationships, new developments in the natural sciences relevant to understanding dreams, psychological aspects of social events or the arts, and other such topics, are eligible for consideration, so long as they demonstrate an understanding of psychological processes in human experience and articulate the importance of this perspective.

The Award provides a $1,000 prize for the best work in print or online media.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements are listed here.

The Jury

The Award is juried by a panel of professional journalists and psychoanalysts.

Past Recipients

2009 - Daphne Merkin, The New York Times Magazine, "A Journey Through Darkness" – An autobiographical account of struggling with a lifetime of depression.

2008 - Laurie Abraham, The New York Times Magazine, “Can This Marriage be Saved?” – A year long summary of Ms. Abraham’s account of sitting in on couple’s therapy sessions.  The article was turned into a book by Ms. Abraham titled The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group

2007 - Elizabeth Bernstein, The Wall Street Journal, After A Suicide, Privacy on Trial -- A jury weighs whether Chuck Mahoney's college should have told his parents more" which appeared in the March 24, 2007 issue of the Journal.

2006 - Jerry Adler, Anne Underwood, and Claudia Kalb, Newsweek, for cover story   on the 50th Anniversary of Freud's birth which appeared in the March 27, 2006 issue.

2005 - Alix Spiegel, The New Yorker, for "The Dictionary of Disorder" which appeared in the January 3, 2005 issue.

2004 - Erica Goode, The New York Times, for "And Still Echoes of A Death Long Past", on October 28. 2003.

2003 - Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, U.S. News & World Report, for "Sigmund Freud: The Father of Modern Psychoanalysis Transformed Our Understanding of Ourselves and of Each Other" which appeared in a special edition of U.S. News and World Report, entitled "Secrets of Genius: Three Minds That Shaped the Twentieth Century" in the spring/summer 2003. This volume also included essays on Albert Einstein and Karl Marx.

Special Recognition: Joshua Kendall, freelance journalist for the Boston Globe, for the article "Managed care tried to kill off Freud", February 9, 2003.

2002 - Margaret Talbot, The New York Times Magazine cover story, "Hysteria, Hysteria", June 2, 2002.

2001 - Wynne Godley, London Review, for "Saving Masud Khan”, February 22, and Diana Sugg, The Baltimore Sun, for "Paths Diverge in Struggle to Prevent Youth Suicides", April 29, 2001.

2000 - Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, “The Empty Couch: What is Lost When Psychiatry Turns to Drugs", May 8, 2000.

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