Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Richard F. Summers, MD

Co-Program Director

Richard F. SummersRichard F. Summers, MD is Co-Director of Residency Training and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is responsible for psychotherapy training, the didactic curriculum, and outpatient training in the Penn Psychiatry Residency.  Dr. Summers is the co-author of two widely-used books on psychodynamic therapy.  He is currently the Trustee-at-Large of the American Psychiatric Association and served as the APA’s Chair of the Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning.  He is a member of the ACGME Psychiatry Review Committee and is Past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT).

Dr. Summers has written on psychodynamic therapy training, therapeutic alliance, psychodynamic formulation, positive psychology and psychiatry residency training. His book, Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence Based Practice, co-authored with Jacques Barber, is currently used in over thirty training programs. Summers and Barber’s second book, Practicing Psychodynamic Therapy: A Casebook was published in 2014.   He is an Associate Editor of Psychiatry, 4thEd., eds. Tasman, Kay, Lieberman, First and Maj.

Dr. Summers was awarded the Earl Bond Outstanding Teacher Award of the Department of Psychiatry at Penn in 2000 and the Robert Dunning Dripps Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Psychiatric Educator of the Year by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society in 2007. He was Teacher of the Year at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia in 2008, and Outpatient Teacher of the Year Award in 2002, 2008, 2010 and 2012 in the Penn Department of Psychiatry.  Most recently, he received the University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014.

Dr. Summers received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1979, graduating magna cum laude in sociology, and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Summers completed psychoanalytic training at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis  and is a faculty member of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis.

Recent links

Psychiatric Educator Emphasizes the Relational Nature of Teaching, Psychiatric News, August 17, 2015.

Reflections on Self-Reflection, Grand Rounds MGH, November, 2014.

Milestone Project Called Paradigm Shift In Residency Education, Psychiatric News, August 28, 2013.

Milestone Project Audio Interview, Psychiatric News, August 28, 2013.

Psychodynamic Therapy Workshop, Sydney, Australia, July 20, 2013, video.

Psychotherapy's Role in Treatment, Letter to Psychiatric News, June 1, 2013.

The AADPRT President’s Corner: Are We Getting Better?, July 21, 2011.

Review: Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence Based Practice, pp.33-34, Summer, 2011.

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