Hans Steiner

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Hans Steiner (born 1946, Vienna) is Professor (Emeritus, Active) of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Human Development at Stanford University, School of Medicine.[1] In 2010 he was awarded Lifetime Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association.

He continues teaching and research and maintains a selective private practice in Palo Alto.[2][3][4]

He advocates the developmental psychopathology[5][6][7][8][9] and developmental psychiatry perspective[10] within Psychiatry. He works in the subfields of Aggression,[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] its normal and abnormal development; Disruptive Behavior Disorders (such as Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder,[19][20][21] Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder); Eating Disorders[22][23] (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia nervosa); Trauma Related Psychopathology (Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, Resilience); the overlap between psychiatric and other medical disorders[24] (Somatoform Disorders, Medical Trauma); Personality development across the life span, and Sports Psychology.[25][26]


Steiner studied Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna and was awarded the Doctor medicinae universalis (Dr. med. univ.; title equivalent to M.D.) in 1972. After completing a rotating internship in Internal Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the Rudolfstiftung in Vienna, he came to the United States (1973) to complete his General Psychiatry residency training at the State University of New York (SUNY), Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York (1973–1976). He then went on to fellowship training in child & adolescent psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1976–1978), where he also was the Chief Resident in the years 1977/78.[27]


  • Steiner, Hans. (1996): Treating Adolescents. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-0206-3
  • Steiner, Hans. (1997): Treating Preschool Children. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-0877-0
  • Steiner, Hans. (1997): Treating School-Age Children. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-0878-9
  • Steiner, Hans. (2004): Handbook of Mental Health Interventions in Children and Adolescents: An Integrated Developmental Approach (Editor). Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-6154-X
  • Steiner, Hans. (2011): Fast Facts: Eating Disorders. Oxfordshire: Health Press Limited. ISBN 1-903734-91-6
  • Steiner, Hans. (2011): On Becoming a Doctor, Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir (Editor). Stanford: Pegasus Physicians.
  • Steiner, Hans. (2011): Handbook of Developmental Psychiatry (Editor). Hackensack: World Scientific Publishing. ISBN 981-4324-81-7

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Lifetime Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (2010)
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (2003)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1987)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (1990)
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1990-3, 1995-6, 1998-9, 2004)
  • Dlin/Fischer Award for Significant Achievement in Clinical Research, American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (1990)[28]
  • Goldberger Award, American Medical Association (1996)[29]
  • One of 327 Best Mental Health Experts, Good Housekeeping (1994)
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (1992).[30]

Creative writing[edit]

After becoming Professor Emeritus, Dr. Steiner returned to creative writing, producing short stories, novel, and poems.[31] He had been active in these endeavors up to his years in medical school, writing in German at the time. His current writings are in German and in English.

He organized a group of physicians at Stanford who also write creatively, named the Pegasus Physicians.[32] The group meets monthly and discusses works in progress or in the planning stage.

"Diagnosing the human condition: Stanford medical students add art, music and literature to studies" article: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/july/humanities-medical-students-070212.html The Arts, Humanities & Medicine Program allows Stanford School of Medicine students to explore their artistic passions in conjunction with their medical studies.


  1. ^ "Dr. med. Hans Steiner Profile". Stanford School of Medicine. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dr. med. Hans Private Practice". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "US News Top Doctors". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "US News Best Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Publications". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Psychiatric Services". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Excellence in Child Mental Health". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Enotes Hans Steiner". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Office of Science and Technology". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "10 Famous Child Psychologists". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Psychiatric Times". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Stanford Center for Psychiatry and the Law". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Identifying Mental Health Treatment Needs Among Serious Institutionalized Delinquents Using Paper-and Pencil Screening Instruments" (PDF). Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Psychiatric Times Article". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Psychiatric Times". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Childrens Medical Center Dallas FaxNotes" (PDF). Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "How to Fix Kids With Uncontrollabe Aggression?". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "40 Psychiatrists Lobby FDA to Legitimize Drug Restraints for Aggression". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "AACAP Oppositional Defiant Disorder Practice Parameter" (PDF). Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "10 Tips for Dealing with Defiance". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  21. ^ Toppo, Greg (14 August 2013). "Lead poisoning's impact: Kids suspended more at school". USA Today. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Palo Alto Weekly". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Fast Facts: Eating Disorders book review". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Heart of Leadership Student Athlete Article". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Sports Psychology Deeply Ingrained in Stanford Athletic Department". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "Dr. med. Hans Steiner Professional Education". Stanford School of Medicine. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "Dr. med. Hans Steiner Dlin/Fischer Award". Stanford School of Medicine. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  29. ^ "American Medical Association Award Recipients". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  30. ^ "Dr. med. Hans Steiner Awards". Stanford School of Medicine. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  31. ^ "Smart Pop Books Hans Steiner". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  32. ^ "Pegasus Physicians at Stanford". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

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