For more than 75 years, the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology has distinguished itself as one of the world’s most prominent and respected psychoanalytic training and treatment centers. Our faculty and graduates continue to make major contributions to the professional literature and to assume significant leadership roles in academic and clinical training settings and in national and international professional organizations.
The Institute was founded in 1943 as a revolutionary alternative to mainstream, orthodox Freudian psychoanalysis in the United States, by Erich Fromm, Ph.D., Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, M.D., Harry Stack Sullivan, M.D., David Rioch, M.D., Janet M. Rioch, M. D., and Clara Thompson, M.D.
Today, we still represent the most progressive wing of the psychoanalytic profession in the country.
Many Institute graduates continue to remain actively involved with us in numerous capacities, an acknowledgement of the positive influence of psychoanalytic training in their professional and personal lives. Among other contributions, graduates serve as members of the faculty, as supervisors, or as psychoanalysts to current candidates. The administration and oversight of the Institute is provided by the Board of Trustees, the Council of Fellows, and numerous Standing Committees; many generously give their time and expertise pro bono.
The Institute’s educational programs foster a sense of community that begins in training and continues long after graduation. The Societies offer graduates of the analytic training program a professional, intellectual and social community that extends this connection through the sponsorship of colloquia, social and other events.