Dr. Kernberg's principal contributions have been in the fields of narcissism, object relations theory and personality disorders. He developed a novel and useful framework for coordinating personality disorders along dimensions of structural organization and severity. Most recently, Dr. Kernberg designed an intensive form of psychoanalytic psychotherapy known as Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).
Dr. Kernberg is Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. In the past, Dr. Kernberg served as Director of the C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, Supervising and Training Analyst of the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Director of the Psychotherapy Research Project of the Menninger Foundation. Later, he was Director of the General Clinical Service of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.
From 1976 to 1995 he was Associate Chairman and Medical Director of The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division. Dr. Kernberg was the Book Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association from 1977-1993. He has received numerous awards for his excellence in Psychiatry. He is also the author of 12 books and co-author of 11 others.
1972 Heinz Hartmann Award of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
1975 Edward A. Strecker Award from the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1981 George E. Daniels Merit Award of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine.