Journalist Sophie Putka Wins APsaA Excellence in Journalism Award

New York, New York

The American Psychoanalytic Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Excellence in Journalism Award to Investigative writer Sophie Putka of New York for her work published by Discover Magazine.

Ms. Putka’s article Why We’re Prone to Denial addressed the intense conflict regarding mask wearing during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"Ms. Putka's article offers a clear and engaging case for the relevance of psychoanalysis in contemporary life. She focuses on denial, one of the "very human" ways we manage our unconscious anxieties; and rightly shows how it impeded progress, often fatally, on a global scale during the COVID pandemic," said John Burton, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and co-chair of the Committee on Public Information of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

The $1,000 Award for Excellence in Journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena. 

Ms. Putka is currently on the enterprise and investigative team at MedPageToday. She’s written stories for the Wall Street Journal, Discover, Business Insider, and more. She graduated from the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Health and Science program, and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University. 

To learn more about the Excellence in Journalism Award and/or suggest an entry, please email APsaA Communications Director Claire Meyerhoff cmeyerhoff@apsa.org.