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Volney P. Gay

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.

Research Funded, Recent

  • 2001-2002, Science and Religion Fellowship, Templeton Foundation, $70,000. 
  • 2003-2009, Co-Principal Investigator, "Center for the Study of Religion and Culture," with Douglas A. Knight; a  five-year grant from Vanderbilt University to sponsor major research publications on religion and culture; $3.5 million.
  • 2004-2008: "Hierarchy in Science and Religion." The Metanexus Institute, $360,000.

Sample Articles and Books

by Volney Gay can be found at

Progress in the Humanities Clip:  *Quicktime Free Download*


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