About Me

In Brief: I'm in the private practice of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis in Center City, Philadelphia, PA. I work with patients who have all kinds of emotional or relationship problems. Although I use a variety of modalities of therapy, my favorite, and the one in which I have had the most extensive experience, is psychodynamic psychotherapy, supplemented, if needed, with medication. I received my analytic training with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCoP), and have been a Training and Supervising Analyst for many years. In addition to my clinical practice, I do a lot of teaching. I'm a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and teach psychodynamic technique to the Penn residents in training to become psychiatrists, as well as to the candidates at PCoP in training to become psychoanalysts. Finally, I teach and supervise a variety of Mental Health Professionals who seek me out for their Continuing Education.

Here's my Curriculum Vitae, which probably contains more about me than you really want to know:

Sydney E. Pulver, M.D.

Home Address: 1512 Spruce Street, Apt. 102
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Office Address: 255 South 17th Street, Suite 1504
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-545-7717
Email: [email protected]
1947-49 B.S. Pennsylvania State University (Pre-Med)
1949-53 M.D. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments:
1953-54 Internship in Medicine, Philadelphia General Hospital
1954-57 Residency in Psychiatry, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1959-66 Psychoanalytic Training, Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute
Military Service:
1945-47 United States Army, 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry
Faculty Appointments: University of Pennsylvania

Hospital and Administrative Appointments:
1956-57 Research Fellow, Philadelphia General Hospital
1956-57 Director of Somatic Therapy, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1957-62 Assistant Chief of Psychiatry, Philadelphia General Hospital
1957-64 Staff Psychiatrist, Department of Research,
Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1959-75 Director, Course on Medical Hypnosis,
Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1962-66 Chief of Section in Psychiatry, Philadelphia General Hospital
1964-97 Senior Attending Staff, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1964-81 Director, Physician Education Project,
Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1981-83 Medical Director, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
Other Appointments:

Specialty Certification:
1959 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1953- Pennsylvania
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies:
1949 Phi Kappa Phi
1952 Alpha Omega Alpha
1974 Earl D. Bond Award, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Pennsylvania Medical School
1977 - Richard B. Lower Memorial Prize, Philadelphia
Psychoanalytic Society
1979 Special Teaching Award, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1981 Excellence in Teaching Award, Institute of Pennsylvania
Hospital (David A. Woodward Award)
1984 Excellence in Teaching Award, Institute of Pennsylvania
Hospital (David A. Woodward Award)
1989 Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching,
School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
1991 Herman Belmont, MD Faculty Award, Hahnemann Psychiatry
Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies and Other Professional Activities: (Including offices held):


Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Page 3

International Psychoanalytic Association
1966- Member
1974-81 Committee on Psychoanalytic Practice
1975-81 Program Committee
1976-77 Chair, Subcommittee on Programs for Allied Disciplines
1978-81 Chair, Program Committee
1978-81 Committee on Continuing Education
1982-83 Search Committee for the Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanlytic Association
1992-95 Program Committee
1997- Board of Directors, Fund for Psychoanalytic Research
American Psychiatric Society
1957- Member
1964-70 Committee on Psychiatry and Medical Practice
1978-81 Committee on Continuing Education


Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation
1988-2003 Board of Directors
1990-2003 President
Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute
1959-66 Psychoanalytic Training
1969- Faculty
1970- Curriculum-Faculty Committee
1970- Education Committee
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1981- Training & Supervising Analyst
1992-88 Associate Director and Chair, Student Matters Committee
1988-2001 Admissions Committee
Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
1966- Member
1972-74 Executive Committee
1972-73 Program Committee Chair
1978-80 Representative to the Executive Council of the American
Psychoanalytic Association
Psychoanalytic Research Group,
Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1968-76 Founder and Secretary
State and Local Societies
1957- Pennsylvania Medical Society
1964-70 Committee on Psychiatry and Medical Practice
1965-69 Pennsylvania State Steering Committee on Continuing
Education in Psychiatry
1957- Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
1968-69 Chair, Program Committee
1967-71 Greater Delaware Valley Regional Medical Program
Editorial Positions:
1965-75 Editorial Consultant, International Journal of Clinical and
Experimental Hypnosis
1969-71 Contributing Editor to "Pennsylvania Medicine",
published by the Pennsylvania Medical Society
1976-80 Editorial Board, Journal of the Philadelphia Association
for Psychoanalysis, 1976-80
1980-82 Editorial Board, International Journal of Psychoanalytic
1983-93 Editorial Board, Glossary on Psychoanalytic Terms &
Concepts, American Psychoanalytic Association
1985- Editorial Board, Psychoanalytic Inquiry
1989-92 Editorial Board Journal of The American
1996-98 Psychoanalytic Association
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Academic and Institutional Committees:
1985- Member, Steering Committee, Psychoanalytic Cluster, Department
of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School
Major Teaching and Clinical Responsibilities:

  1. Participation in courses for Psychiatric Residents throughout the year.
  2. Low fee treatment for Medical School Residents and faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School/200 hours per year.
Lectures by Invitation (past five years):

  1. Panel – Chair – “Multiple Models in Clinical Practice: A Bane or a Blessing?”
  2. American Psychoanalytic Association, January 21, 2006.

  3. Panel – Moderator – “Freud in the Wider World: 150 Years of Creative Clinical
  4. and Intellectual Influence”, Psychoanalytic Association of New York,
  5. May 6, 2006.

  6. Panel – Panelist – “The Wolf Man Paints!”, Slought Foundation , November 18,
  7. 2010.
Organizing Roles in Scientific Meetings: N/A

Bibliography :

Research Publications, peer reviewed (print or other media):

  1. Pulver, Sydney E.: Medical Hypnosis Today. Philadelphia Medicine .
  2. 54:571, 1956.
  3. Robitscher, Jonas B., and Pulver, Sydney E.: Orphenadrine
  4. in the Treatment of Depression: A Preliminary Study.
  5. American Journal of Psychiatry , 114:1113-1114, 1958.
Katz, G. Henry, and Pulver, Sydney E.: Dementia Praecox
(Schizophrenia). Cyclopedia of Medicine , revised
  1. edition, Philadelphia, F.A., Davis Co., 1959.
Lower, R.B.; Therman, P.O.; Foulkes, R.S.; Smith, L.H,;
  1. Crawford, W.R.; Pulver, S.E.: Collaboration in the
  2. Fields of Religion and Psychiatry: A Community Study,
  3. Philadelphia Medicine , 56:635-639, 1960.
Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Page 6
  1. Pulver, Sydney E.: Some Current Problems in Medical Hypnosis.
  2. Pennsylvania Medical Journal , 64:181-187, 1961.

  3. Pulver, Sydney E.: The First Electroconvulsive Treatment
  4. Given in the United States: An Historical Note.
  5. American Journal of Psychiatry , 117:845, 1961.

  6. Pulver, Sydney E., and Smith, Lauren H.: Teaching Medical
  7. Hypnosis: A Pilot Course at a University Medical
  8. School. Comprehensive Psychiatry , 2:157-162, 1961.

  9. Pulver, Sydney E., and Jacobs, E. Gardner: The Effect of
  10. Nonconvulsive Electrostimulation of Some Side Effects
  11. of Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Controlled Study. Diseases
  12. of the Nervous System , 22:758-764, 1961.

  13. Pulver, Sydney E., and Brunt, Manly Y.: The Deflection of
  14. Hostility in Folie a Deux. Archives of General
  15. Psychiatry 5:257-65, 1961.

  16. Pulver, Sydney E.; Hoffman, George I.; Sechzer, Philip:
  17. Clinic on Hypnosis. American Practice , 13:274-284, 1962.

  18. Pulver, Sydney E.: Uncovering the Traumatic Event as a
  19. Hypnotherapeutic Technique. American Journal of
  20. Clinical Hypnosis , 5:42-46, 1962.

  21. Pulver, Sydney E.: Delusions Following Hypnosis. International
  22. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis , 1l:11-22, 1963.

  23. Pulver, Sydney E., and Eppes, Bennett: The Poetzel Phenomenon: Some
  24. Further Evidence. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases ,
  25. 136:527-534, 1963.

  26. Saul, Leon J., and Pulver, Sydney E.: The Concept of Emotional Maturity.
  27. Comprehensive Psychiatry , 6:1965.

  28. Pulver, Sydney E.: Psychiatric Training for Medical Practice. Medical
  29. Tribune , 15:1965.

  30. Smith, Lauren, and Pulver, Sydney E.: Physicians Studying Hypnosis. Archives
  31. of General Psychiatry , 12:557-561, 1965.
Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Page 7
  1. Pulver, Sydney E.: Postgraduate Education in Psychiatry for the Non-
  2. Psychiatric Physician: Recruitment. The American Journal of
  3. Psychiatry , 123:930-937, 1967.
  4. Pulver, Sydney E.: Narcissism: The Term and the Concept.
  5. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association , 18:
  6. 319-341, 1970, and Psyche , 26:34-57, 1972 (German Translation) .

  7. Pulver, Sydney E.: Can Affects Be Unconscious? International Journal of
  8. Psycho-Analysis , 52:347-354, 1971.

  9. Pulver, Sydney E.: Unconscious Versus Potential Affects.
  10. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly , 43:77-84, January, 1974.

  11. Pulver, Sydney E.: Freud and Third Party Payment: A Historical Note.
  12. American Journal of Psychiatry , 131:12, December, 1974.
  13. Pulver, Sydney E., and Pulver, Mitchell, P.: Hypnosis in Medical and Dental
  14. Practice: A Survey. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis , 23:28-47, 1975.

  15. Pulver, Sydney E.: Training of Family Practitioners about Alcoholism.
  16. Involving the Physician through Alcohol Education and Training: Published Proceedings, Eastern Area Alcohol Education and Training Program, Inc., Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1975.
  17. Pulver, Sydney E.: (Reporter) Panel on Survey of Psychoanalytic Practice, 1976:
  18. Some Trends and Implications. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 26:615-631, 1978, and in Psyche , 38:63-82, 1984 (German Translation).

  19. Jaffe, D. and Pulver, S.: Survey of Psychoanalytic Practice 1976; Some Trends
  20. and Implications. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association , 26:615-631, 1978.

  21. Pulver, Sydney E.: The Clinical Use of the Manifest Dream. Journal of the
  22. American Psychoanalytic Association , 32:157-162, 1984.

  23. Pulver, Sydney E.: Psychoanalytic Technique: Some Personal Reflections.
  24. Analysts at Work , Joseph Reppen, Ph.D., Analytic Press, New Jersey,
  25. 1985.
  26. Pulver, Sydney E.: The Manifest Dream in Psychoanalysis: A Clarification.
  27. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association , 35:99-118, 1987.
Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Page 8
  1. Escoll, Philip J. (Issue Editor); with Pulver, Sydney E.; Rosen, Joel E.;
  2. Skolnikoff, Alan Z.: The Psychoanalysis of Young Adults.
  3. Psychoanalytic Inquiry , Vol. 7:1, 1987.

  4. Pulver, Sydney E.: How Theory Shapes Technique: Perspective on a Clinical
  5. Study. Issue editor, Psychoanalytic Inquiry , Vol. 7:289-299, 1987.

  6. Pulver, Sydney E.: Psychic Structure, Function, Process and Content:
  7. Toward Definition. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic
  8. Association , Vol. 36, 1988.

  9. Pulver, Sydney E.: Joint Editor with Malin, Arthur and Skolnikoff, Alan Z.:
  10. Converting Psychotherapy to Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Inquiry ,
  11. Vol. 10, 1990.
Pulver, Sydney: Termination and Separation-Individuation. Chapter in
  1. Beyond the Symbiotic Orbit (1991), edited by Salman Akhtar and
  2. Henri Parens, Jason Aronson, New York, 1991.

  3. Pulver, Sydney E.: Psychoanalytic Technique: Progress the Past Decade.
  4. Psychoanalytic Inquiry , Vol. 11, No. 1: 65-87, 1991.

  5. Pulver, Sydney E.: Gestures, Emblems, and Body Language: What Does it All
  6. Mean? In Kramer, S. and Akhtar, S. When the Body Speaks . Jason
  7. Aronson, New Jersey, 1991.

  8. Pulver, Sydney E. and Akhtar, Salman: Sadomasochism in the Perversions;
  9. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association ,
  10. 39:741-755, 1991.

  11. Pulver, Sydney E.: Psychic Change: Insight or Relationship? International
  12. Journal of Psycho‑Analysis , 73:199-206, 1992.

  13. Pulver, Sydney E.: Impasses in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Psychiatric
  14. Annals , 22:514-519, 1992.

  15. Pulver, Sydney E.: Freudian and Kleinian Theory: A Dialogue of Comparative
  16. Perspectives. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association ,
  17. 40:801-826, 1992.

  18. Pulver, Sydney E.: The Eclectic Analyst, or the Many Roads to Insight and
  19. Change. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association ,
  20. 41:339-357, 1993.
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  1. Pulver, Sydney E.: The Psychoanalytic Process and Mechanism of Therapeutic
  2. Change. Chapter in Psychoanalysis: The Major Concepts , edited by
  3. Moore, B.E., Fine, B.D., Yale University Press, New Haven, 1995.

  4. Pulver, Sydney E.: The Technique of Psychoanalysis Proper, Chapter in
  5. Psychoanalysis: The Major Concepts , edited by Moore, B.E., Fine, B.D.,
  6. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1995.

  7. Pulver, Sydney E.: Symptomatology, Chapter in Psychoanalysis: The Major
  8. Concepts , edited by Moore, B.E., Fine, B.D., Yale University Press, New
  9. Haven, 1995.

  10. Pulver, Sydney E.: Shame and Guilt: A Synthesis, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly ,
  11. 19:3, 388-406, 1999.

  12. Pulver, Sydney E.: Introduction to the Case History, Journal of the American
  13. Psychoanalytic Association , 48/2:376-381, 2000.

  14. Pulver, Sydney E.: The Definition of Narcissism, Encyclopedia of Psychology
  15. Alan E. Kazdin, Editor, 2000.

  16. Pulver, Sydney E.: On the Astonishing Clinical Irrelevance of Neuroscience,
  17. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association , 51/3:754-772, 2003.
Contributions to peer-reviewed clinical research publications, participation cited but not by authorship:
  1. Graff, H., and Crabtree, L.H.: Vicissitudes in the Development of a
  2. Psychoanalytic Research Group . Journal of the
  3. American Psychoanalytic Association , 20:820-830, 1972.

  4. Luborsky, L.; Graff, H.; Pulver, S.; and Curtis, H.: A Clinical‑Quantitative
  5. Examination of Consensus on the Concept of Transference. Archives of
  6. General Psychiatry , 29:69-75, July, 1973.

  7. Lower, Richard; Escoll, Philip; Little, Ralph; and Ottenberg, Perry: An
  8. Experimental Examination of Transference. Archives of General Psychiatry , 29:738-741, December, 1973.

  9. Luborsky, Lester; Bachrach, Henry; Graff, Harold; Pulver, Sydney; and
  10. Christoph, Paul: Preconditions and Consequences of Transference Interpretations: A Clinical‑Quantitative Investigation. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases , 167:391-402, 1979.
Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Page 10
  1. Bachrach, Henry; Curtis, Homer; Escoll, Philip; Graff, Harold; Huxster,
  2. Howard; Ottenberg, Perry, and Pulver, Sydney: Units of Observation and Perspectives on the Psychoanalytic Process. British Journal of Medical Psychology , 54:25-33, 1981.

  3. Luborsky, Lester; Stuart, Jennifer, et al: The Penn Psychoanalytic Treatment
  4. Collection: A Set of Complete and Recorded Psychoanalyses As a Research Resource. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association , 49/1:217-234.
Research Publications, non-peer reviewed: N/A
Abstracts: N/A
  1. Editorials, Reviews, Chapters, including participation in committee reports (print or other media):

  2. Waldhorn, Herbert F.: The Place of the Dream in Clinical
  3. Psychoanalysis. (Kris Study Group of the New York
  4. Psychoanalytic Institute, Monograph 2). New York,
  5. International Universities Press, 54, 1967.

  6. Levenson, Edgar A.: The Fallacy of Understanding: An Inquiry
  7. into the Changing Structure of Psychoanalysis.
  8. Contemporary Psychology , 19:322-323, 1974.

  9. Stoller, Robert J.: Splitting: A Case of Female Masculinity.
  10. Contemporary Psychology , 20:792-793, 1975.

  11. Fliess, Robert: Vol. I, Ego and Body Ego. Vol. Il, Contributions To Their
  12. Psychoanalytic Psychology. Vol. Ill, Symbol, Dream, and Psychosis.
  13. International Universities Press. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly ,
  14. 46:159-168, 1977.

  15. Rosenblatt, A., and Thickstun, Jr.: Modern Psychoanalytic
  16. Concepts in a General Psychology. Psychological Issues, II, Monograph 42/43. Journal of the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis ,
  17. 5:197-200, 1978.

  18. Socarides, C.W.: The World of Emotions. International
  19. Universities Press, 1977. Journal of the Philadelphia
  20. Association for Psychoanalysis , 5:3-4, 1978.
Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Page 11
  1. Bernstein, Isador, and Fine, Bernard D.: The Manifest
  2. Content of the Dream. (Kris Study Group of the New
  3. York Psychoanalytic Institute, Monograph 3). New York,
  4. International Universities Press, 55, 1969. Journal of
  5. the American Psychoanalytic Association , 26:673-683, 1978.

  6. Loenwald, Hans: Papers on Psychoanalysis. New Haven and
London: Yale Universities Press, 1980 . Review of
  1. Psychoanalytic Books , 1:167-175, 1982.

  2. Gear, Maria Carmen; Hill, Melvyn A; and Liendo, Ernesto
  3. Cesar: Working Through Narcissism: Treating Its
  4. Sadomasochistic Structure. The Psychoanalytic
  5. Quarterly , 52:479-481, 1983.

  6. Fleming, Joan and Benedek, Therese F. Psychoanalytic
  7. Supervision: A Method of Clinical Teaching.
  8. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis , 65:4, 489-491, 1984.

  9. Miller, Alice: Prisoners of Childhood. Basic Books, New
  10. York, 1981. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic
Association , 3.3:685-687, 1985.
  1. Eagle, Morris N. Recent Developments in Psychoanalysis: A Critical
  2. Evaluation. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly , 55:2, 346-350, 1986.

  3. Peterfreund, Emanuel: The Process of Psychoanalytic
  4. Therapy. The Psychoanalytic Review , 74:3, 411‑415, Fall 1987.

  5. Glick, Robert and Meyers, Donald: Masochism: Current
  6. Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Psychoanalytic Books , 1987.

  7. Bergmann, Martin S.: The Anatomy of Loving. The Story of Man's Quest to
  8. Know What Love Is. Columbia University Press, 1987. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly , Vol. 58, No. 4:655-658, 1989.

  9. Glucksman, Myron and Warner, Silas: Dreams in New Perspective. Journal
  10. of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis , Vol. 18, No. 3, 1990.

  11. Spillius, Elizabeth and Feldman, Michael: Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic
  12. Change: Select Papers of Betty Joseph. Journal of the American
  13. Psychoanalytic Association , 42:287-292, 1994.

  14. Gill, Merton M.: Psychoanalysis in Transition: A Personal View. International
  15. Journal of Psycho-Analysis , Vol. 76, part 3, 1995.
Sydney E. Pulver, M.D. Page 12
  1. Silverman, Doris and Wolitzky, David: Changing Conceptions of
  2. Psychoanalysis: The Legacy of Merton M. Gill. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association , 50/2:715-716.

  3. Rubovits-Seitz, Philip: Depth-Psychological Understanding. The Methodologic
  4. Grounding of Clinical Interpretations.. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly , 68:2, 317-318, 1999.

  5. PEP Archive 1 CD-ROM, Version 3, 1920-1998: Full Article Text. Psychoanalytic
  6. Electronic Publishing, Inc. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association , 50/3:1091-1095.

  7. Books: N/A
  8. Alternative Media: N/A
  9. Patents: N/A
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