2018 Wallerstein Lecture

Why Does Psychotherapy Work and How Can We Optimize Its Effectiveness? and Personalized Medicine, Psychotherapy, and Psychodynamic Theory: Back to the Future

George Silberschatz, PhD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group

Hanna Levenson, PhD
Wright Institute


About the lectureship series:
Robert S. Wallerstein, MD Visiting Lectureship in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is given annually in honor and remembrance of the late Professor Robert S. Wallerstein, MD, who served as chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry from 1975-1985. The lecture series is focused on showcasing psychoanalytic knowledge and clinical expertise that influence psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


About the speaker:
George Silberschatz, PhD is a psychologist and Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and president of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (www.sfprg.org).

He is a past president of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research as well as the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research. He has published extensively in professional journals and books and has presented at professional meetings and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

He currently divides his time between a private practice in San Francisco, psychotherapy research, teaching and supervising psychotherapy, and writing clinical and research papers. His book, Transformative Relationships, has been widely acclaimed for the clarity of its theoretical foundations, the rigor of the research presented and its clinical relevance.


About the discussant:
Hanna Levenson, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and a Fellow of Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association. In addition, she maintains a private practice in Oakland where she sees individuals and couples for therapy and professionals for consultation/supervision. For twenty years, Levenson was a clinical professor at UCSF Psychiatry, also serving as director of the Brief Therapy Program at the VA Medical Center; and director of the Brief Therapy Program at the California Pacific Medical Center, all in San Francisco.

A specialist in the areas of integrative brief psychotherapy and clinical supervision for 40 years, she is the author of more than 80 professional papers and three books (Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Guide to Clinical PracticeBrief Dynamic and Interpersonal Therapy, and Brief Dynamic Therapy). Levenson also has four professional videos illustrating her approach, and recently received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession Award given by the California Psychological Association. She has also received a Certificate of Recognition Award from the National Organization of VA Psychologists.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Cole Hall Auditorium
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California 94143

Event Type

Lecture/Seminar, Special Event, Academic


School of Medicine


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni









Department of Psychiatry


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