The annual lecture is given by a prominent leader in the field of psychiatric disorders with a specific focus on addressing innovative, evidence-based advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders, Ken’s area of expertise. The Ken Silk Lecturer is selected in advance by the “Kenneth R. Silk, M.D. Lectureship Committee”, which will be comprised of the Chair and the Associate Chairs of the Department of Psychiatry, and additional faculty members as determined by the Chair.
The annual lecture honors Dr. Silk and includes a reception to provide an opportunity for our current psychiatry trainees to share their research endeavors and to meet personally with the Silk Lecturer and other senior faculty members. Residents, medical students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to submit an abstract for the annual Silk Lecture, to be displayed in a pre-lecture poster session. The intent of the poster session is to share recent academic advances from the past year so that faculty and trainees can become familiar with colleagues’ research, and collaborations and mentorship opportunities are fostered.
The lectureship and associated activities are made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr. Silk’s wife, Joan Margeson, along with numerous friends, family members and former colleagues who helped establish the Kenneth R. Silk, M.D. Endowment fund in Psychiatry.
- Expertise in Personality Disorders
- Expertise in Borderline Personality Disorder
- Expertise in Psychotherapeutic Processes
We are happy to report that undergraduate research assistant Neil Meyer began participating in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Summer Research Program on July 31st, 2012. Neil joins a growing alumni of Levy Lab McNair Scholars; in the summer of 2010, Levy Lab alumnus Justin Meyer also participated in the McNair summer program, who is now a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Texas A&M.
About the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (also known as the McNair Scholars Program) is one of 180 such programs nationwide. First established in 1989 and named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair, this program is designed to help prepare talented undergraduates to enter graduate school and to receive their doctoral degree.
Who was Ronald E. McNair
Ronald McNair was an astronaut-physicist who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Dr. McNair's philosophy of life included the following statement,
"Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them."
Dr. McNair prepared himself for his goals. He grew up in a poor, small town in South Carolina, attended North Carolina A&T as an undergraduate physics major, and enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his graduate degrees in physics. Though the path to obtaining his goals was paved with many obstacles, Dr. McNair had the willingness and ability to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds and overcame the difficulties he encountered.
Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application. Dr. Levy is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Divisions 12, 29, and 39, as well as the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and the American Psychoanalytic Association. In response, Dr. Levy said “I am delighted and honored to become a Fellow of the APS. It is an important international organization for promoting psychology as a science and I am thankful to those who nominated me and the committee for its consideration.”
Date: March 4th, 2020
Location: London, UK
Research consultation. Deancross Personality Disorder Service in Tower Hamlet, East London, Centre for Understanding Personality Disorder (CUSP), Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary University, National Health Services (NHS) Foundation Trust
Clinical consultation, Deancross Personality Disorder Service in Tower Hamlet, East London, Centre for Understanding Personality Disorder (CUSP), Centre for Psychiatry, Queen MaryUniversity, National Health Services (NHS) Foundation Trust
Levy, K. N. (2020, March). Plenary Address: Personality and personality disorder: Common misconceptions in validity of concept, life course, and treatment. Talk to be presented at the at the State of the Art Congress: Personality, Character, and Mental Health at the Barts and The London Psychiatry, The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London and the Centre for Psychiatry, The World Psychiatric Association.
Levy, K. N. (2020, March). Narcissistic Personality Disorder: State of the art review of theory, evidence, and practice, focusing on Transference Focused Psychotherapy. A masterclass for Senior Clinicians working with patients with severe narcissism. Sponsored by the TFP-UK and the Centre for Understanding PD (CUSP), London, United Kindom.
Date And Time: Thursday, March 5th 2020, 09:00-13:00GMT
Location: EC1A 9DD, Giltspur Street, London, EC1A 9DD
This is a masterclass for senior clinicians working with patients with severe narcissism.
Kenneth Levy, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who heads up the Laboratory for Personality, Psychopathology & Psychotherapy Research at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Personality Disorder Institute directed by Otto Kernberg, and of the International Society for Transference Focused Psychotherapy.
Dr. Levy is an A-class researcher who combines a highly productive research programme in personality disorder, with an emphasis on Narcissistic PD, with an active clinical practice. He lectures widely in the US and internationally.
In essence, this is an invitation to attend an event in which will combine cutting edge research which is embedded in live clinical practice.
The format for the day will be a theoretical evidence-based overview, a clinical overview and live clinical supervision.
This event is organized by TFP-UK and the Centre for Understanding PD (CUSP).
Date: April 2-4, 202
Location: Pittsburg, PA
Levy, K. N. (2020, April). Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Invited workshop to be presented at the 8th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Pittsburgh, PA.
Levy, K. N., & Clarkin, J. F. 2020, April). An Object Relations Perspective on the DSM-5's Alternative Model for Personality Disorders. In C. Sharp (Chair), Paper to be presented at the 8th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Pittsburgh, PA.
Beeney, J. E., Johnson, B.N. (Chair), Levy, K. N., Scott, L. N., Sharp, C., Tsypes, A., & Vanwoerden, S. (2020, April). A Q&A panel on grant writing for young researchers: NIH, NSF, and beyond. Panel to be presented at the 8th annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Pittsburgh, PA.
Date: June 17th-20th
Location: Amherst, MA
Dinger, U., Flückiger, C., Heinonen, E., Kivity, Y., Levy, K. N., Lipner, L. (moderator), Lutz, W., Minges, M., Gomez Penedo, J. M., Pos, A., Solomonov, N., Youn, S. J. (2020, June). Obtaining Postdoctoral Training in Psychotherapy Research: Elucidating the Process & Maximizing Opportunities Structured discussion to be presented at Symposium to be presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Amherst, MA.
Levy, K. N. (2020, June). Discussant in Y. Kivity (Chair), Personality Pathology: Findings and Implications for the Process and Outcome of Psychotherapy. Panel to be presented at Symposium to be presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Amherst, MA.
Levy, K. N. (2020, June). Discussant in A. Georg (Chair), New research on mentalizing as it relates to psychotherapy in different populations. Panel to be presented at Symposium to be presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Amherst, MA.
Levy, K. N. (2020, June). Discussant in T. Boritz (Chair), Relational Processes in borderline personality disorder. Panel to be presented at Symposium to be presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Amherst, MA.
Date: August 6th-9th, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Carsky, M. & Levy, K. N. (2020, August). Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. All Day Continuing Education Workshop presented at the 128th annual meeting for the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Levy, K. N. (2020, August). Evidence-Based Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: Clinical and Ethical Considerations. All Day Continuing Education Workshop presented at the 126th annual meeting for the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Date and Time: February 12-16, 2020
Location: Grand Hyatt New York: 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal New York, New York, 10017
Levy, K. N. (2020, February). Insights into insight. In B. Milrod (Chair). Discussant 2019 Scientific Paper Prize Award to be presented to Ulrike Dinger at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York, NY.