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Nathan Ward Ackerman

psychiatrist , educator

Nathan Ward Ackerman, Russian psychiatrist, educator. Recipient Adolph Meyer award Association Improvement Mental Health, 1959; Wilfred Hulse award Eastern Group Psychotherapy Psychotherapy Association, 1965. Diplomate American Board Psychiatry and Neurology.


Ackerman, Nathan Ward was born on November 22, 1908 in Russia. Son of David and Bertha (Greenberg) Ackerman.


Came to the United States, 1912, naturalized, 1920. Bachelor of Arts, Columbia, 1929, Doctor of Medicine 1933.


Intern Montefiore Hospital, New York City, 1933-1934. Resident Menninger Clinic and Sanitorium, Topeka, 1935-1936. Member psychiatric staff Menninger Clinic, 1936-1937.

Chief psychiatrist Jewish Board Guardians, New York City, 1937-1951. Director Child Development Center, New York City, 1946-1951, Family Mental Health Clinic, Jewish Family Service, New York City, 1957-1966, professional program Family Institute, New York City, 1960-1971. Clinical professor psychiatry Columbia College Physicians and Surgical 1957-1971.

Visiting professor Tulane University, 1956, U. North Carolina, 1960. Vis lecturer Albert Einstein Med College, 1962-1971. Lecturer Columbia School Social Work, 1946-1964.


  • Author: (with others) Personality and Arterial Hypertension, 1945. (with M. Jahoda) Antisemitism and Emotional Disorder, 1950. The Psychodynamics of Family Life, 1958.

    Treating the Troubled Family, 1966. Also articles. Editor: Exploring the Base of Family Therapy, 1961. Expanding the Theory and Practice of Family Therapy, 1967.

    Family Process, 1970. Also others. Editor: Family Therapy in Transition, 1970.


Member psychiatric staff Menninger Clinic, 1936-1937. Fellow New York Academy of Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, American Orthopsychiat. Association, Academy Psychoanalysis, American Academy Child Psychiatry.

Member Association Psychoanalytic medicine (president 1957-1959), American Psychopath. Association, Group for Advancement Psychiatry, New York Council Child Psychiatry, New York Society Clinical Psychiatry, American Psychoanalytic Association, American Group Therapy Association, Mexican Psychoanalytic Association (honorary), Association Applied Psychoanalysis (honorary).


Married Gwendolyn Hill, October 10, 1937. Children: Jeanne (Mistress.

David Ackerman

Bertha (Greenberg) Ackerman

Gwendolyn Hill

Jeanne (Mrs Ackerman