N. & C. Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award 2017 to Daniel Schechter

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Dr Daniel Schechter, a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Deputy Physician in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the HUG, is the winner of the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award 2017, presented by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

This important award recognizes Dr. Schechter's original work on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mothers due to violence on the mother-child relationship during early age sensitive periods. More specifically, this award recognizes Dr. Schechter's latest studies on the challenges of psychotherapeutic follow-up for children who have themselves been traumatized by violence when their own mothers also have PTSD due to violence. These mothers will very often not be able to support their children adequately. Indeed, the associated symptoms (reliving, nightmares, avoidance, hypervigilance, etc.) trigger PTSD symptoms in mothers, preventing them from conceptualizing their children's trauma. This creates a significant risk of negative impact on the child's socio-emotional development.

This is the third time Dr. Schechter has received this award (in 2010, 2015, and now in 2017), a first in the history of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)!

Dr. Daniel S. Schechter completed undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory and Columbia College before pursuing an MA in music at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Schechter then obtained his MD at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He went on to complete postgraduate training in general and child psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian. He proceeded to do both psychoanalytic training and a National Institutes of Health research fellowship in psychobiological sciences, followed by a National Institute of Mental Health K-award at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Toward its completion in 2008, Dr. Schechter was recruited to the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Switzerland to direct pediatric consult-liaison and parent–child research. He has been deputy chief of service since 2015. He is also clinical research project leader for the Stress and Developmental Psychopathology cohorts within the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research on the Synaptic Basis of Psychiatric Disorders (NCCR-Synapsy). In January, Schechter plans to return to New York as the Barakett Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, where he will direct the Center for Trauma, Stress, and Resilience and Perinatal and Early Childhood Mental Health Services.

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28 Sept 2017