Vamık D. Volkan, M.D., DLFAPA, FACPsa.


About Dr. Vamık Volkan
Dr. Volkan was one of the nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005
for examining conflicts between opposing groups, carrying out projects
 in various trouble spots of the world for 30 years
and developing psycho-political theories from his fieldwork and observations.
Turkish Daily News
Dr. Vamık D.Volkan was born in Cyprus and received his medical degree from Ankara University. He immigrated to the United States in 1957, where he did his internship, psychiatric residency and psychoanalytic training.
Dr. Volkan was a faculty member at the University of Virginia's school of medicine from 1963 to 2002. Those years included psychiatric in-patient and out-patient clinical work, research and teaching. In 2002 he became professor emeritus of psychiatry.
He was the medical director of the University of Virginia's Blue Ridge Hospital for 18 years and the founder of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction (CSMHI). He directed CSMHI from 1987 until his retirement in 2002. The CSMHI studied large groups in conflict and included psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychologists, historians, former diplomats and political scientists among its multidisciplinary faculty. The CSMHI had grants for projects in the Soviet Union, the Baltic republics, Albania, Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, Georgia, South Ossetia and other places.
Dr. Volkan is also the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and an emeritus training and supervising analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He was a president of both the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society.
In the 1990s he served as a member of the Carter Center's International Negotiation Network, headed by former president Jimmy Carter. In 1995, he chaired a Select Advisory Commission for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Critical Incident Response Group. In 1999 he gave the 27th Annual Sigmund Freud Lecture in Vienna.
In 2000 he served as an Inaugural Rabin Fellow at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israeli Studies in Tel Aviv. In February 2001 he was a visiting professor of law at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2003, he was a visiting professor of psychiatry at Ege University in Izmir. During the same year he received the Sigmund Freud Award given by the city of Vienna in collaboration with the World Council of Psychotherapy.
In 2005 he received an honorary doctoral degree from Kuopio University in Finland and became a visiting professor of psychiatry at Ankara University. In 2006 he will be the Fulbright/Sigmund-Freud-Privatstiftung Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna.
Professor Volkan was also the founder and editor of the quarterly journal “Mind and Human Interaction” (1987-2003), which opened meaningful dialogue between the disciplines of history, culture, politics and psychoanalysis. He is the author or co-author of over 30 books and the editor or co-editor of 10 more. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in journals or books. His work has been translated into Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish.
Dr. Volkan continues to be invited to speak nationally and internationally.
In 2005 Dr. Volkan was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for examining conflicts between opposing groups, carrying out projects in various trouble spots of the world for 30 years and developing psycho-political theories from his fieldwork and observations.


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