Daniel P Schwartz is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, where he was a founding member and the first President of the Institute, and served as a member of its Education Committee. His analytic training was at the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute where he subsequently served on the faculty. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry, and has practiced psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for more than fifty years.
His published scholarly work includes over a dozen articles, and book chapters, and many book reviews. These focus upon various aspects of mental illness, schizophrenia, human development, psychoanalysis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of severe mental disorders. Much of his written work attempts to delineate the processes by which people form the internal psychological self- structures of their identity. In particular, he articulated how complex forms of subtle interaction between therapists and patients, as well as parents and children, form such internal structures. Presentations of this work were spread around the world in countries such as Greece, Germany, Israel, Switzerland as well as leading centers in the United States, such as the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, the Western New England Psychoanalytic institute, and at meetings of various organizations such as the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.
Schwartz graduated in medicine from the University of Minnesota. He then trained in psychiatry at Yale Medical School where he remained on the Department of Psychiatry faculty for fourteen years. There he became the Director of the Yale Psychiatric Institute, and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Following this he moved to Amherst, MA where he was the psychiatrist to Amherst College’s Counseling Center, taught a Psychotherapy Seminar for residents training at the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital for many years, and participated in research on Schizophrenia with the National Institute of Mental Health. Valued as a teacher himself, he has been devoted to the influence of his teachers, including Erikson, Loewald and Schafer, Semrad and Will. He was invited to be the Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center where he widened the scope and focus of psychoanalytic knowledge. After serving for eleven years he retired, though he continued to be at the Center as their Consultant in Education and Psychotherapy. While at Riggs he was also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Albany Medical College.