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Who is James Masterson MD

Dr. James F. Masterson pioneered the developmental self and object relations approach to the psychotherapy of the Personality Disorders through clinical research. He is the founding father of The Society of Adolescent Psychiatry and past president of its New York Chapter. Dr. Masterson died in April, 2010.

The body of Dr. Masterson’s work is represented in the 16 books he has written, many of which have been translated into several languages, including early work in the field of the real self, which represents a breakthrough in treatment of the borderline and narcissistic disorders.

His latest book is entitled, “The Personality Disorders Through the Lens of Attachment Theory and Neurobiologic Development of the Self”. His books are required reading in courses throughout the country. As an international authority on The Personality Disorders, Dr Masterson’s articles and papers have been published in leading journals in this country and abroad and his books have been translated into several different languages.

He was Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

His professional memberships included:

  1. The American College of Psychiatrists
  2. Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  3. The American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry
  4. Fellow, American College of Psychoanalysts
  5. Executive Board, American Psychotherapy Association
  6. Honorary Member, Clinical Faculty Association, UCLA


  1. Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2003
  2. Annual 2003 Award, California Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology
  3. The Sigmund Freud Laureate Award, National Association of Psychoanalytic Physicians, 1996
  4. The Schonfeld Award of the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry for outstanding achievement, 1989.
  5. The Alumnus of the Year Award, Jefferson Medical College, 1989.