Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, M.S., M.D.

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1407
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 312-922-5077
Patient Calls: 312-922-5077
Fax: 773-264-0400

Education & Training

  • Washington University, St. Louis 1971
  • University of Chicago, Psychiatry 1974
  • University of Chicago, Child Psychiatry 1974
  • Board Certifications: Psychoanalysis; Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

Clinical Interests

  • Psychoanalysis and Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis
  • Psychotherapy of Gifted and Creative Individuals
  • Forensic Psychiatry; Child Custody Evaluations
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Child Psychiatry

Research Interests

  • Non-linear dynamics in psychiatry and psychotherapy
  • Efficacy of Psychoanalysis
  • Impaired mental health professionals
  • Life Course Developmental Studies
  • Ethics and legal issues in psychotherapy


  • Technique of Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents

Society Memberships

  • American Psychoanalytic Society (Secretary)
  • Chicago Psychoanalytic Society (Immediate past president)
  • International Psychoanalytic Society
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Selected Publications

  • Galatzer-Levy, R., Kraus, L., & Galatzer-Levy, J. (eds.) (2009) The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions.  Second Edition. John Wiley & Sons
  • Cohler, B. & Galatzer-Levy, R. (2000) The Course of Gay and Lesbian Lives. University of Chicago Press
  • Galatzer-Levy, R., Bachrach, H., Skolnikoff, A. & Waldron, S., (2000) New Haven: Yale University Press
  • Galatzer-Levy, R. and Cohler, B. (1993) The Essential Other: A Developmental Psychology of the Self. New York: Basic Books
  • Galatzer-Levy, R. (2009, in press) Good Vibrations: A Non-linear Dynamical Systems Model of the Action of Psychoanalysis. International Journal of Psychoanalysis.
  • Galatzer-Levy, R. (2009, in press) Finding Your Way Through Chaos, Fractals and Other Exotic Mathematical Objects: A Guide for the Perplexed. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
  • Galatzer-Levy, R. (2008) A Primer of Psychoanalysis for Alan Turing. in D. Dietrich et al. (eds) Simulating the Mind: A Technical Neruopsychoanalytic Approach. Vienna, Springer. Pp. 367-380.
  • Cohler, B. & Galatzer-Levy, R  (2008) Freud, Anna, and the problem of female sexuality. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. Vol 28(1), Jan-Mar 2008, 3-26.
  • Cohler, B. & Galatzer-Levy, R. (2007) What Kind of Science is Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Inquiry 27: 547-582
  • Galatzer-Levy, I. & Galatzer-Levy, R. (2007) August Aichhorn: A Different Vision of Psychoanalysis, Children and Society. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.
  • Galatzer-Levy, I. & Galatzer-Levy, R. (2007) August Aichhorn: A Different Vision of Psychoanalysis, Children and Society. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.
  • Cohler, B. & Galatzer-Levy, R. (2006) Love in the Classroom. In G. Bolt & P. Salvio (eds) Love's Return: Psychoanalytic Essays on Childhood, Teaching and Learning.  New York: Routledge.
  • Galatzer-Levy, R. (2004) Clinical Experiences with Patients Whose Analysts Died During Their Treatment. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Galatzer-Levy, R. (2004) Chaotic Possibilities: Toward a New Model of Development. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 85:419-442

Selected Conferences & Presentations

  • “Ten Questions for Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century.” Presidential Address, Chicago Psychoanalytic Society. June 23, 2009
  • “Money and Greed” paper presented as part of a panel “Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives on Money” Symposium 2009: Greed, Sex, Money, Power and Politics. New York February 21, 2009

Other Activities

  • Training, Supervising, and Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
  • Secretary, American Psychoanalytic Association