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Dr. med. Hans Steiner

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital, Emeritus

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Child Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic 401 Quarry Rd MC 5719 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 723-5511 Fax (650) 723-5531
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 723-5511
    Alternate Contact
    Direct Line Tel Work (650)-723-5507
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Eating Disorders
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Administrative Appointments

  • Founding Member, Pegasus Physycians at Stanford (2008 - present)

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (2010)
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (2003)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1987)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (1990)
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1990-3 , 1995-6, 1998-9, 2004)
  • Dlin/Fischer Award for Significant Achievement in Clinical Research, American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (1990)
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1981)
Residency: State University of New York at Syracuse NY (1976)
Internship: State University of New York at Syracuse NY (1974)
Board Certification: Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1979)
Residency: University of Michigan MI (1978)
Medical Education: University of Vienna, Austria (1972)
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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Steiner's predominant interest is the application of Humanistic principles to the practice of Medicine and Psychiatry.

He is a founding member of the PEGASUS PHYSICIANS at Stanford, a working group of Stanford physicians who write creatively. The group meets monthly and dscusses writing proposals, poetry, novels and trade books in progress. Members of the group have an extensive publication record. The group meets monthly to discuss each others projects. The group is open to physicians who write creatively, including medical students. We usually ask prospective members to send a writing sample of untdetermined length. The group can be reached by e mailing Dr. Steiner at Stanford or via his private website at:

Dr. Steiner's research is based on developmental approaches to psychopathology which emphasize the conjoint study of normative and non-normative phenomena, and the complex interaction of biological, psychological and social variables in the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.These principles are amply evident in his latest Handbook of Developmental Psychiatry published by World Scientific and Imperial College Press (2011)

He has published extensively on the details of this model and has applied it to the study of normal and abnormal aggression, responses to stress and traumatic events, and the mental processes helping people adjust to adversity across the life span.

He is currently investigating the application of psycholinguistic methods to measure conscious and unconscious mental states, especially emotions and self regulation. He is using computerized text analytic techniques to characterize referential activity, emotional expression, event specific memories and the reconstituting and healing effects of oral and written emotional expression.

He is studying non-clinical and clinical populations with these methods. He is studying non-clinical adults and adolescents. He is studying clinical cohorts diagnosed with trauma related psychopathology, disruptive behavior and attention deficit, maladaptive aggression, eating disorders and other syndromes which present with complex combinations of psychosomatic and somatopsychic illness ( e.g. pain disorders, anxiety disorders, medical traumatization, somatization disorders etc.)


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