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Deborah Spitz

TitleProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentPsychiatry & Behav. Neurosci
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    I have been a psychiatric educator for almost 40 years. Trained at the University of Chicago, I remained on the faculty teaching phenomenology, patient interviewing and psychodynamic psychotherapy. From 1988 to 2000 I served as inpatient unit director and later as Director of Residency Training at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. In 2000 I moved to Norwich, England as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the National Health Service, ultimately taking over as Lead Clinician for the City of Norwich, redesigning the delivery of mental health services for 175,000 adults, and teaching in a new medical school at the University of East Anglia. In 2003 I returned to the University of Chicago, where in 2006 I took over as Director of Residency Training and Education Mission Director (and later, Vice Chair for Education and Academic Affairs) overseeing resident and medical student education, a psychology internship program, and fellowships in child and CL psychiatry, as well as faculty development and promotion. Among many professional activities, I have served as President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry, chaired the Committee on Women and the Course Subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee for the APA, served the ABPN on question-writing committees and as an examiner, and participated in the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. I teach courses in phenomenology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, residents as teachers, and psychiatric ethics, and serve as faculty in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. My major clinical interests are psychodynamic psychotherapy, mood disorders, and women's mental health.


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    University of Chicago, ChicagoFellowship6/1983Inpatient Psychiatry
    University of Chicago, ChicagoResidency6/1982Psychiatry
    University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaMD6/1978
    Cornell University, Ithaca NYBA6/1971American Studies
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    2018Psychiatry Instructor of the Year, Overall Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Chicago
    2015Psychiatry Chair's Award, Most Outstanding Member of the Faculty, The University of Chicago
    2014 - 2016Senior Faculty Scholar, Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence , The University of Chicago
    2014Psychiatry Instructor of the Year, Overall Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Chicago
    2014Psychiatry Instructor of the Year, PGY-4 Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Chicago
    2014Psychiatry Instructor of the Year, PGY-3 Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Chicago
    2013 - 2019Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators, The University of Chicago
    2011Psychiatry Instructor of the Year, PGY-3 Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Chicago
    2008Psychiatry Chair's Award, Most Outstanding Member of the Faculty, The University of Chicago
    2006Life Fellow, Association for Academic Psychiatry
    2006Psychiatry Chair's Award, Most Outstanding Member of the Faculty, The University of Chicago
    2004 - 2005Psychiatry Instructor of the Year, PGY-1 Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Chicago
    2003Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
    2000Psychiatry Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tufts-New England Medical Center
    1999Medical Student Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Tufts University School of Medicine
    1996Psychiatry Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tufts-New England Medical Center
    1983Junior Faculty Development Award, National Institute for Mental Health

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    1. Shima C, Finkel S, Spitz D, Goldstein AI. The Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry Rotation at University of Chicago: Utilization and Educational Benefit of a Subspecialty Rotation in Psychiatric Residency Training. Front Psychol. 2019; 10:2123. PMID: 31632312.
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    2. Humphrey HJ, Marcangelo M, Rodriguez ER, Spitz D. Assessing competencies during education in psychiatry. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2013 Jun; 25(3):291-300. PMID: 23859092.
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    3. Dinwiddie SH, Spitz D. Resident education in electroconvulsive therapy. J ECT. 2010 Dec; 26(4):310-6. PMID: 20357669.
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    4. Spitz, D. What if There are Limits to Understanding?. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. 2003; 10(3):233-235.
    5. Spitz, D. How to Cut the Psychiatric Pie: The Dilemma of Character. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. 1999; 6(4):311-316.
    6. Spitz D, Riba M and Hansen-Grant S. Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy--A Collaborative Approach. Residency Training Issues in Collaborative Treatment. 1999.
    7. Spitz, D. Collaboration between Psychiatrist and Patient: How Avoidable is Paternalism?. Annual Review of Law and Ethics. 1996; (4).
    8. Spitz, D. Soreff, Stephen, ed. Handbook for the Treatment of the Seriously Mentally Ill. Treatment of the Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill on an Acute Psychiatric Unit of a general Hospital. 1996.
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