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Otto Allen Will, Jr

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Name  Otto Will,
Died  November 17, 1993
Education  Stanford University

Otto Allen Will, Jr. (April 26, 1910 – November 17, 1993) was a U.S. psychiatrist whose work in psychoanalysis focused on treatment of patients with schizophrenia using intensive psychotherapy. He is also credited for his advancement of attachment theory and milieu therapy.



Dr. Will received his medical degree from Stanford University, School of Medicine. After his residency and service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he received post-doctorate trained at Washington School of Psychiatry and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Through this training he joined the Interpersonal psychoanalysis movement founded by Harry Stack Sullivan, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, and others.

Professional life

He served as Director of Psychotherapy at Chestnut Lodge from 1954-1967. From Chestnut Lodge, he was hired as Medical Director for the Austen Riggs Center. During his work at both institution he establish an international reputation for his work with schizophrenic patients using intensive psychotherapy instead of biological or psychopharmacological treatments.


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