Robert S. Wallerstein

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Robert S. Wallerstein (January 28, 1921 – December 21, 2014) was a prominent German-born American psychoanalyst.[1] He headed the Psychotherapy Research Project of the Menninger Foundation[2] and was president of the International Psychoanalytical Association.[3]

His parents, Sara Günsberg (born in 1895) and Menachem Lazar Wallerstein (born in 1890), were Polish Jews and both came from Galicja. Because of the I World War they moved to Berlin, where in 1919 got married. Two years later, Robert was born and his original name was Solomon. In 1923, Wallerstein family emigrated to New York, where his brother Immanuel was born.[4] Robert S. Wallerstein was born in Germany, but at the List of alien passengers for the United States at the time of his family's emigration, his nationality was described as Polish.[4]

Wallerstein was raised in The Bronx, then moved to Topeka, Kansas in 1949 and to Belvedere, California in 1966,[5] where he died on December 21, 2014. He was predeceased by his son, the noted political scientist Michael Wallerstein and his wife Judith Wallerstein [6]

Writings (selection)[edit]

  • Hospital treatment of alcoholism : a comparative, experimental study, New York : Basic Books, 1957
  • Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: An Historical Perspective, International Journal of Psycho-Analysis,1989, 70:563-591
  • The talking cures : the psychoanalyses and the psychotherapies, New Haven [etc.] : Yale University Press, 1995
  • Lay analysis : life inside the controversy, Hillsdale, NJ [etc.] : Analytic Press, 1998
  • Forty-two lives in treatment : a study of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy : the report of the Psychotherapy Research Project of the Menninger Foundation, 1954-1982, New York : Other Press, 2000
  • The Generations of Psychotherapy Research: An Overview. Psychoanal. Psychol., 18:243-267 (2001)
  • Psychoanalysis: The Broader Scope, International Universities Press, 2004


  1. ^ Robert S. Wallerstein (2012). Lay Analysis: Life Inside the Controversy. Routledge Publishing. ISBN 1135829276.
  2. ^ "History of the Menninger Clinic". Menninger Clinic. Retrieved 15 April 2011. As a director of research at Menninger and the project's principal investigator, it fell to Dr. Robert Wallerstein, a former director of Menninger Research, to record the breadth of the study's findings in a thick volume titled, 42 Lives in Treatment-A Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
  3. ^ "Organisational Officers Past and Current". International Psychoanalytical Association. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b M. J. Minakowski (May 27, 2018). "Wallerstein to Polak, są dokumenty" (in Polish). Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. ^ wallerstein memorial Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  6. ^ "Robert Wallerstein Obituary". San Francisco Chronicle. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015.


  • Psychic structure and psychic change : essays in honor of Robert S. Wallerstein, ed. by Mardi J. Horowitz, Madison, Conn. : International Universities Press, 1993
  • From Impression to Inquiry: A Tribute to the work of Robert Wallerstein, edited by Wilma Bucci, Norbert Freedman, International Psychoanalytical Association, 2007, ISBN 978-1-905888-00-9, Paperback, includes a bibliography of Wallerstein