Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award

Following the death of Dr. Karl A. Menninger in 1990, just four days short of his 97th birthday, his nephew, Dr. Walter Menninger, approached the American Psychoanalytic Association about establishing an appropriate recognition in his name. Early in his career, Dr. Karl became interested in psychoanalysis and he was the first graduate of the Chicago Institute. Subsequently, he was the leader in establishing an Institute for Psychoanalysis in Topeka, which was the first Institute established west of the Mississippi and only the sixth Institute in America. His efforts were, likewise, significant in the creation of Institutes in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The leaders of The American Psychoanalytic Association responded by suggesting an award in Karl’s name be established to recognize an exemplary presentation or paper by a recent psychoanalytic graduate (young analyst). This award is in keeping with his longstanding commitment to the articulation of psychoanalytic concepts in understandable language as well as the development of communication skills in younger (recent psychoanalytic graduate) colleagues.

The Menninger Clinic

Eligibility Criteria
An APsaA candidate member or an active member in good standing who graduated from an APsaA Institute within the last seven years and who has submitted a scientific paper according to the scientific program submission guidelines.


Scientific Papers are solicited for each meeting.

Carolyn GattoScientific Program and Meetings Director