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Jeffrey Katzman

University of New Mexico, Psychiatry
Vice Chair, Clinical Services
US

Dr. Jeff Katzman received his BA at Stanford University, his MD at UC San and completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA where he was on faculty for four years before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where he is Vice Chair for Clinical Services and Academic Affairs. Prior to this, he was the Director of Behavioral Health Care at the New Mexico VA Medical Center specializing in treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Katzman has taught human attachment and psychodynamic psychotherapy for twenty years to psychiatry residents and therapists throughout the nation. He is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the American Association of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP).

Dr. Katzman has an enduring history with improvisational theater spanning twenty-five years. This includes training at The Second City in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Theater Sports, and The Box Theater in Albuquerque. He has applied improvisational theater techniques to patient care, first at UCLA through the Imagination Workshop and later in the PTSD treatment program at the West Los Angeles VA medical center. He has worked with both seasoned psychotherapists and trainees teaching improvisational theater techniques to enhance the collaborative relationship formed in psychotherapy. He lectures widely to academic audiences on this topic. He has begun work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science - a national group working with esteemed scientists, physicians, actors, and journalists using the skills from improvisational theater to help them to communicate their ideas to the public.

Dr. Katzman’s love for narrative also led to the publication of a novel, The Storymaker, based on the premises of human attachment, loss, love, and grief. This work was recognized as an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarterfinalist.