Nathan Ackerman, M.D. – 1971

Maurizio Andolfi, M.D., Ph.D was Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia Familiare in Rome Italy, and Editor-in-Chief of the Italian family therapy journal: Terapia Familiare. In 1999 he was the winner of an American Association of Marital & Family Therapy award for Special Contribution to Marital and Family Therapy. He was the Co-Founder of the European Family Therapy Association and the past-President of the Italian Family Therapy Society.

Gregory Bateson was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. Gateson died in 1980.

Bruno Bettelheim, Ph.D died in 1990. Daniel Goleman of the NY Times called him a “Psychoanalyst of Vast Impact”. He was trained as a psychologist in Austria, was interested in analysis and in autism, survived Buchenwald and Dachau, emigrated to the U.S., authored many books and articles, and taught at the University of Chicago from 1944 until 1973.

Pauline Boss, Ph.D., professor of family social sciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Boss is an editor and a well known researcher in family systems and ambiguous loss.

Murray Bowen, M.D. died 1990. He was a professor in psychiatry at Georgetown University and a pioneer in the fields of family therapy and systemic therapy. Dr. Bowen founded the American Family Therapy Association.

William Bumberry, Ph.D, therapist and co-author with Whitaker of “Dancing with the Family,” and other books. Bumberry practices psychotherapy at The Counseling Center in St. Louis seeing couples, families and individuals.

Rives Chalmers, M.D. died in 2013. A psychiatrist with a large family, Chalmers served on dozens of professional committees and panels around Atlanta.

Gary Connell, Ph.D, is professor of counseling and human development at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.

Richard Felder, M.D., psychiatrist with an interest in psychosomatic medicine and author. He and Whitaker left Emory University with Tom Malone and John Warkentin to found of the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic.

Jay Haley was a psychotherapist and author. Jay died in 2007.

Don Jackson, M.D. – 1968

David Keith, M.D., is director of family therapy and professor of family medicine and pediatrics at the State University of New York at Syracuse.

William Kiser, M.D.and his wife Ellen Finley Kiser were both pediatricians before they became psychiatrists and joined the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic. They were also both graduates of Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Douglas Kramer, M.D., is retired as clinical associate professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin.

Ron Laing, M.D. was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the experience of psychosis. He died in 1989.

Tom Leland, M.D. is psychiatrist and a co-founder of the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. With John Warkentin, he founded Voices: in 1964.

Tom Malone, M.D., Ph.D was co-author of “The Roots of Psychotherapy,” a groundbreaking text Carl Rogers called a classic work in the field. He was a well-loved therapist in Atlanta where he was in private practice for nearly half a century. He died in 2000.

Tom was born in Pennsylvania and attended Duke University on a football scholarship and played on a Rose Bowl team. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke and became a professor on the faculty there where he worked closely with L.B. Rhine in the development of parapsychology. After serving in World War II as an officer in the Army, he attended medical school at Emory University.

He was a faculty member at Emory University before co-founding the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic in 1955. A founder as well of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, he published extensively in the fields of experiential psychotherapy and psychotherapies of the schizophrenias.

Rollo May, M.D.

Salvador Minuchin

Augustus Napier, Ph.D, therapist, photographer and co-author with Whitaker of “The Family Crucible,” and other books and essays.

Carl Rogers, M.D.

Harold Searle, M.D., psychiatrist.

Virginia Satir

Duncan Stanton, M.D.

Herbert Stone, M.D.

John Warkentin, Ph.D

Lyman Wynne, M.D., Ph.D, professor emeritus in psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Wynne was Dr. Whitaker’s close friend and colleague and is an international leader in the evolution and history of family therapy. Lyman died in 2007.

Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D is founder and director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

Original members of the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic; Rives Chalmers, M.D.; Richard Felder, M.D., William Kiser, M.D., Thomas Leland, M.D., Thomas Malone, M.D., Herbert Stone, M.D., John Warkentin, M.D., Carl Whitaker, M.D. as of June, 1965.