††††††††††† Jennifer I. Downey is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia
University's College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York.†
She received her MD degree from Case-Western Reserve School of
Medicine in 1976.† She was a resident in Psychiatry at Columbia
Presbyterian Medical Center and NY State Psychiatric Institute
in 1978ó1981 and was Chief Resident in Psychiatry in 1980-81.
At Columbia she held a 5-year Research Scientist Development Award
from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Downey attended
the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research,
from which she graduated with a Certificate in Psychoanalysis
††††††††††† She has been a researcher, educator and clinical scholar in the
areas of womenís health, psychoanalysis, and sexuality.† One of
her first published articles demonstrated that peripheral sex
hormones in heterosexual and homosexual women did not differ.†
This work, published in in the 1980ís in Hormones and Behavior,
demonstrated that women of different sexual orientations could
not be distinguished by physical perameters.
††††††††††† Dr. Downey then went on to carry out research in Turnerís Syndrome,
a chromosomal condition affecting girls which causes infertility,
as well as research in mental health effects of infertility in
women.† She wrote a series of highly respected papers and chapters
on the reproductive cycle and psychiatric conditions in women.†
These works discussed† not only infertility, but adolescent sexuality,
premenstrual affective symptoms, the treatment of psychiatric
disorders during pregnancy and post-partum, and cancers of the
reproductive tract in women.
††††††††††† In the early 1990ís with Dr. Richard C. Friedman, Dr. Downey began
to write about homosexuality.† In 1994 they published an invited
Special Article on Homosexuality in the New England Journal of
Medicine.† One of their articles on female homosexuality received
an award from the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
as the Journalís best publication of 1998.† Their most recent
book is "Sexual Orientation and Psychodynamic
Psychotherapy: Sexual Science and Clinical Practice,"
re-issued by Columbia University Press in 2008. Presently, she
and Dr. Friedman are working on their next book, which concerns
sexuality and dynamic psychotherapy. Jennifer Downey and Richard Friedman served as Co-chairs of the Human Sexuality Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) until 2015.
†††††††††††In 2008, she was named the first Victor Teichner Scholar for Teaching
in Psychodynamic Psychiatry by the American Academy of Psychoanalysis
& Dynamic Psychiatry. She was a visiting professor
at the University of Kentucky in Lexington during 2009 - 2011.
††††††††††† In 2012 Dr. Downey became Deputy Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, the
journal published by the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic
Psychiatry. In 2015 she became Incoming-President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry.
††††††††††† Jennifer Downey lives and works in NYC where she teaches at Columbia
University Medical Center and at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She practices dynamic psychiatry and