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César A. Alfonso, M.D.César A. Alfonso, M.D., Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry (2020-present), is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Adjunct Professor at the University of Indonesia, and Visiting Professor at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, and at the National University of Malaysia. Born in Cuba, he spent formative years in Spain and Puerto Rico before pursuing undergraduate studies at Yale University, and graduate and postgraduate studies in medicine, psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and psychoanalysis at New York Medical College. Dr. Alfonso served as President of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP) in 2010-2012. He served as Chair of the Psychotherapy Section of the WPA in 2027-2023 and is the current President of the World Federation for Psychotherapy (2023-2026). His recent work includes biopsychosocial aspects of suicide, the care of visually impaired persons, bidirectionality and comorbidity, psychotherapy as a biological treatment, psychoanalysis and creativity, cultural anthropology and psychotherapy, and the design and implementation of psychotherapy training programs worldwide. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and of the AAPDPP. He served as a Teichner Scholar with Visiting Professorships at Northwell Staten Island and the University of Iowa. He has over 100 publications, including three edited books: Advances in Psychodynamic Psychiatry (Guilford Press, 2018), Suicide by Self-Immolation -Biopsychosocial and Transcultural Aspects (Springer Nature, 2021), and the 5th Edition of Tasman’s Psychiatry (Springer Nature, 2023). For the past 15 years he’s been the Chief Psychiatrist at the Lighthouse Guild Behavioral Health Clinic.