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Volney P. Gay



Professor of Psychiatry,
Director of Psychotherapy Training
Professor of Religious Studies
Professor of Anthropology
Training and Supervising Analyst, the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

Contact Information

Phone: (615) 875-9043


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976.

M.A., University of Chicago, 1973.

B.A., Reed College, 1970.

Professor Gay serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Ritual Studies, Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, and Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He was certified in Adult Psychoanalysis in 1990 by the American Psychoanalytic Association and was made a Training and Supervising Analyst in December 1994. His book, Freud on Sublimation, won the Heinz Hartmann Award from the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. His recent books are Joy and the Objects of Psychoanalysis, Progress in the Humanities, and Neuroscience and Religion.

He won the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry, the Outstanding Service Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator Award, International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education.




 Sirui Ma has been inducted to Phi Beta Kappa.

Jake Horvitz won best essay in First Year Seminar.

Alec Rothschild was accepted into the Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program.