Jerome S. Blackman, M.D., FIPA

Professor Blackman is a psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a psychoanalyst, certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Board of Psychoanalysis, the Council of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, and the International Psychoanalytic Association.

He has been in private practice since 1975 and is currently a Full Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Since 1996, he has also been an IPA Training and Supervising Analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington, DC.

Dr. Blackman was the 12th Recipient of Akhtar-Brenner Lectureship Award from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 2017. He was also an invited lecturer at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine Department of Psychotherapy in 2017.

The Jerome S Blackman, MD [yearly] Lectureship in Psychoanalysis was established in his honor, in 2019, by the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society (An Affiliate Society of the American Psychoanalytic Association) and the Department of Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Awardees have included Drs. Harold Blum, Salman Akhtar, and Eva Papiasvili.

For 30 years, he taught psychiatry residents and psychology interns at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (VA), where the Jerome S Blackman MD Teacher of the Year Award was given to 25 different teachers from 1992-2016.

Dr. Blackman received the Edith Sabshin MD Award for Teaching from the American Psychoanalytic Association. He was awarded the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Psychoanalysts (honorary society of psychiatrist-psychoanalysts), of which he was President in 2015. The Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Distinguished Teacher Award was granted to him by the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians in Washington, DC.

Early in his career, while in child psychoanalytic training at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute, he was a consultant to Child Protection Centers for the state of Louisiana. He was designated a Louisiana State Sexual Abuse Treatment Resource and evaluated over 5,000 cases of child abuse over a 10-year period. In 2016, he co-authored Sexual Aggression against Children:  Pedophiles’ and Abusers’ Development, Dynamics, Treatability, and the Law (Routledge) with Dr. Kathleen Dring.

In 2003, his paper on countertransference was published in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He later published several book chapters on topics including stepparenting, porn addiction, laziness, shame, philandering, fear of injury, and the death of the analyst.

After the publication of 101 Defenses in Chinese in 2011, he was asked to teach in China. He has since lectured many universities in China. He has also been an invited lecturer at psychoanalytic institutes and universities, in the U.S. and worldwide.

From 2018-2021, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Mental Health at Shanxi Medical University in Taiyuan.

He was a keynote speaker on aspects of child development at the 6th and 7th China Psychoanalytic Association Congresses in Shanghai (2019 & 2021) and received the “High End Foreign Talent” Honor from Shanxi Province in 2018.

He has authored 3 books, in English, which have been translated into Mandarin:

101 Defenses: How the Mind Shields Itself. Routledge, 2003; East China Normal University Press, 2011 (translated by Guo Wen Tao); 2nd Edition, 101+ Defenses, E. China Normal University Press, 2021 (translated by Wang Jing, Edited by Wu Chunyan).

Get the Diagnosis Right: Assessment and Treatment Selection for Mental Disorders. Routledge, 2010; Capital Normal University Press, 2018 (translated by Zhao Chengzhi).

The Therapist’s Answer Book: Solutions to 101 Tricky Problems in Psychotherapy. Routledge, 2013; Capital Normal University Press, 2016 (translated by Zhao Chengzhi).

Courses and Seminars taught by Dr. Blackman at ORI: