Congratulations Chester Smith, MEd, LPC

The 2019 K. Lynne Moritz, MD, Leadership Award Recipient

Chester Smith, MEd, LPC is a Faculty member, member of the Curriculum committee, and a child and adult psychoanalyst in private practice.  A highly respected teacher, he is also the Director of Clinical Training in the Institute’s Schiele Clinic.  He has spearheaded the newest initiative in the Schiele Clinic, a collaborative partnership with KIPP St. Louis Public Schools, expanding our therapeutic reach to children and adolescents.  Most recently, Chester has agreed to chair a task force charged with creating guidelines to initiate a new Child & Adolescent Clinic. 







K. Lynne Moritz Spring Fling 2017Thanks to all who submitted nominations for the K. Lynne Moritz Leadership Award.

K. Lynne Moritz was one of the Institute’s first graduates. At the time she arrived at the Institute, there were skeptics that could have deterred her from integrating a wave of research that is true to this day: An adult caring for a child can influence the structure of a child’s brain as it matures. Moritz was an early believer and devoted her full attention to research and the needs of her patients.

Over the years, she has served as an adjunct associate professor and lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and served as clinical professor of psychiatry at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Moritz served as president of the Eastern Missouri District Branch of the America Psychiatric Association. She has also served as president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, president of the American Psychoanalytic Association and medical director of the Institute.  She is currently an active Full Faculty member.

The Institute’s executive director, Cathy Krane, has nothing but praise for Moritz: “She has been and continues to be a leader in psychoanalysis locally, nationally and even internationally,” Krane says. “It’s wonderful to have worked with her for so many years. I can say firsthand that she’s an incredible leader.”


The K. Lynne Moritz Leadership Award

2018 Award Winner:  Edmund Sprunger, MSW, LCSW

I.  Purpose of the Award

  • To encourage faculty to take leadership positions
  • To recognize emerging faculty leaders, highlighting their activities and talents
  • To promote board /faculty collaboration

II.  What is leadership?

Leadership is a service to others, an honor as well as a responsibility.  Strong leaders put the good of the group, program or Institute before their own needs or benefits.  A leader trusts and empowers others to achieve common values, beliefs or goals.

III. Leadership qualities, values and activities may include:

  • Innovation
  • Sensitivity to differences
  • Creativity
  • Leadership development
  • Recruitment
  • Integrity
  • Inclusion
  • Curriculum development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Program management
  • Responsiveness to the community
  • Communication skills                                                                           

IV.  Eligibility

All Full or Special Faculty, Candidates and Advanced Candidates of the Institute who are not currently and never have served as an officer on the Institute or Society Board of Directors.

V.  Award Committee

The Committee will consist of the four most recent Chairmen of the Board and K. Lynne Moritz or her representative. The Award Committee will consider all nominations and submit their choice of honoree to the Executive Committee at their April Meeting.  Nominations will be confidential and remain valid for two award cycles.

VI. The Award

One winner will be awarded each year and recognized at the Spring Fling.  They will receive:

  • A $250 check
  • $1,000 budgeted for next fiscal year to the psychoanalytic program of their choice. Use of $1,000 is to be determined by awardee but within the normal parameters of that program. (i.e. Sponsor a speaker, social event, scholarship, professional development). The $1,000 award may be used to support a psychoanalytic program sponsored by any organization, business, club or school.
  • Awardee’s name on a plaque placed in Classroom A

Any questions, please contact Cathy Krane, 314-446-3043, or