About David Scharff, M.D.

David E. Scharff, M.D.

David E. Scharff, M.D. is Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute, and Vice-President of the International Association for Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. Dr. Scharff is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and also at Georgetown University. He is a Teaching Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, a former president of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and therapists (1988-1989), former Director of the Washington School of Psychiatry (1987-1994), and is on the editorial board of several journals.

He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, his residency training at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and his child psychiatry fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. He spent a year in further training in adolescent psychotherapy, object relations theory, and organizational consultation and research at the Tavistock Center in London. Dr. Scharff is board certified in child and adult psychiatry and certified in psychoanalysis. He is a member of the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations. Dr. Scharff’s books include <em>The Sexual Relationship: An Object Relations Approach to Sex and the Family</em> (Routledge &amp; Kegan Paul, 1982, reissued by Jason Aronson, 1998) and <em>Refinding the Object: Reclaiming the Self</em> (1992).With Jill Savege Scharff, M.D. he co-authored <em>Object Relations Family Therapy</em> (Jason Aronson, 1987), <em>Object Relations Couple Therapy</em> (1991), <em>The Primer of Object Relations Therapy</em> (1992, revised and expanded in 2005), <em>Object Relations Therapy of Physical and Sexual Trauma</em> (1994), <em>Object Relations Individual Therapy</em> (1998) and <em>Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument: The Affective Learning of Psychotherapy</em> (2000). He is the editor with Ellinor Fairbairn Birtles of <em>From Instinct to Self: The Selected Papers of W.R. D. Fairbairn , Volumes 1 and 2</em> (Jason Aronson, 1994) and editor of <em>Object Relations Theory and Therapy: An Introduction</em> (Jason Aronson, 1995). He is co-editor with Michael Stadter of <em>Dimensions of Psychotherapy, Dimensions of Experience</em> (Routledge 2005); co-editor with Jill Scharff of <em>The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland</em> (Routledge 2005); co-editor with Henri Parens et al., of <em>The Future of Prejudice</em>, and most recently of <em>New Paradigms for Treating Relationships</em> (Jason Aronson, 2006.) Dr. Scharff has taught nationally and internationally on object relations theory (and especially the work of Ronald Fairbairn,) chaos theory as a new paradigm in psychoanalysis and family therapy, family and couple therapy, and sexual development and therapy. In December, 2005, he organized a major conference on Prejudice and Conflict, held in Salt Lake City that brought international speakers together with the local community.

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