Deborah L. Cabaniss, MD

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. is the Director of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators. She is also Director of Psychotherapy Training and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cabaniss coordinates all of the teaching and supervision of psychotherapy for the psychiatry residents here at Columbia. She also teaches two year-long courses in psychotherapy for the residents, lectures 2nd year medical students, and offers numerous electives for both residents and medical students. Her research interests have focused on the development of learning objectives and evaluation methods. Dr. Cabaniss has won numerous teaching awards, including the Nancy Roeske Award for teaching medical students, the Irma Bland Award for teaching psychiatry residents, and the Edith Sabshin Award for teaching psychodynamic concepts to medical students and residents. She is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has written extensively about psychotherapy education, including two books for trainees about psychodynamic psychotherapy: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual (2011) and Psychodynamic Formulation (in press - publication date 2013). In addition, she leads workshops on teaching for psychoanalytic institutes and psychiatry residency training programs.

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