Richard B. Gartner (born in New York City ca. 1947) is a clinical psychologist who was trained both as a family therapist and an interpersonal psychoanalyst. One of the founders of MaleSurvivor: the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization [www.malesurvivor.org], and he is a Past President of the organization and is now its media spokesman. He is known for his research and clinical work in the area of child sexual abuse against boys and its aftermath for them as men.
A Jewish American, Gartner is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychiatry (wawhite.org) in New York City, founded its Sexual Abuse Service and served as its director for 11 years. He is also a training and supervising analyst and on the faculty of the White Institute.
He is also known as an author of the books such as Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men and Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse, as well as the editor of Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation. Betrayed as Boys was Runner-up for the 2001 Gradiva Award for Best Book on a Clinical Subject given by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalyis (NAAP) and was translated into Japanese language in 2005 under the title Shōnen e no Seiteki Gyakutai: Danseihigaisha no Shintekigaishō to Seishinbunseki Chiryō.
He has spoken in numerous venues about male sexual victimization, including the American Psychological and Psychiatric Associations; the Harvard University Medical School; the Sandor Ferenczi Society in Budapest; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and various universities, rape intervention programs, and hospitals. In 2002 after the Catholic sex abuse cases were revealed, USA Today sought him to comment about sexual abuse against males. Interviews with him have also appeared in such media print outlets as the New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Nation, and New York Newsday. In addition, he has been featured on CNN, CBS, Fox News, NBC News Channel, MSNBC, and ABC.com, among others, and on radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.
Dr. Gartner received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Haverford College in 1967. He went on to receive his MS ('71) and Ph.D ('72) in clinical psychology, both from Columbia University.
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- (with Bass, A., and Wolbert, S.) 'The use of the one-way mirror in restructuring family boundaries' (1979), Family Therapy, 6:27-37
- 'The relationship between Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and Family Therapy' (1995). Chapter in Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, M. Lionells, J. Fiscalini, C. Mann, and D. Stern, Eds. ISBN 0-88163-120-5
- 'Incestuous boundary violations in families of borderline patients' (1996). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 32:73-80. Originally presented at April, 1992, meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, Philadelphia
- Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation (1997) ISBN 1-56821-704-8
- 'An analytic group for sexually abused men' (1997), International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 47:373-383. Originally presented as 'Identifications and transferences in analytic group therapy for sexually abused men' at April, 1995 meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, Santa Monica
- 'Considerations in the psychoanalytic treatment of men who were sexually abused as children' (1997). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 14:13-41. Originally presented at April, 1993, meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, New York, and the July, 1993, International Conference of the Sandor Ferenczi Society, Budapest
- 'Managing chronic loss and grief: Contrapuntal needs of an AIDS patient and his therapist' (1997). Chapter in Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV, M. Blechner, Ed. ISBN 0-88163-223-6
- 'Memories of sexual betrayal: Psychoanalytic perspectives on the debate' (1997). Round Robin, Winter, 1997: 4-5, 16.
- Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (1999, 2001) ISBN 1-57230-644-0
- 'Sexual victimization of boys by men: Meanings and consequences' (1999). Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 3:1-33.
- 'Cinematic depictions of boyhood sexual victimization' (1999). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 4:253-289.
- 'On masculine strength, emotional detachment, and the praise of incest' (1999). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 4: 307-316.
- 'Relational aftereffects in manhood of boyhood sexual abuse' (1999). Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 29:319-353.
- 'Effects on boys of priest abuse' (2002). Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 22:15-17
- 'Coming to terms with sexual abuse' (2002). Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 22:18.
- 'Predatory priests: Sexually abusing Fathers' (2004). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 5:31-56
- Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse (2005) ISBN 978-0-471-61910-9
- 'The Jewish men dancing inside me' (2007). Chapter in The Still Small Voice, M Holzman, Ed. ISBN 0-8074-1057-8
- 'Failed "Fathers," boys betrayed' (2007). Chapter in Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims, M.G. Frawley-O’Dea and V. Goldner, Eds. ISBN 0-8265-1547-9
- Boodman, Sandra G. (July 29, 2002). "How Deep The Scars Of Abuse?". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- Dreifus, Claudia (March 1, 2005). "A CONVERSATION WITH: RICHARD GARTNER; Beyond the Bounds of Betrayal: Men Cope With Being the Victims". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- 少年への性的虐待―男性被害者の心的外傷と精神分析治療 (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- Kornblum, Janet (June 19, 2002). "Calls to sex abuse hotlines increase after scandal". USA Today. Retrieved August 24, 2010.