Psychiatr Q (2006) 77:343–344
Stephen Rachlin, M.D.
Published online: 24 October 2006
Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
I’ve been contemplating writing this piece for some weeks. No, it would be more proper for
me to say I’ve been putting it off, since procrastination is often a useful defense.
My association with Psychiatric Quarterly goes back thirty years; it is the longest con-
tinuous working relationship in my career. When the journal was “reborn” with the 1977
issue, fewer than a dozen of us constituted the Executive Committee of the Board of Editors.
The late Donald P. Keneﬁck, M.D., served as Editor, and was succeeded by Raul H. Vispo,
M.D. In 1990, I became Editor-in-Chief. As I now contemplate retirement from full-time
professional practice, it seems appropriate for me to step down from the stewardship I’ve
cherished for 17 years.
For the successes we have had over the years there are many people to thank for their role
in this achievement. First and foremost is Florence, my wife of 44 years. She has shared all
aspects of my life, provided love and inspiration, and tolerated not only my anxieties about
meeting deadlines and my irascibility when things do not go well, but also the hours of what
might otherwise be family time that I’ve spent working on so many aspects of putting out a
The Associate Editors of Psychiatric Quarterly are named on the masthead. Many have
been friends and colleagues for 30 or more years; others are of a younger generation and
so have a shorter history. It is they who review submissions, advise me on so many matters,
and support our progress and evolution at the annual Board meetings. While members of the
Board have accomplished much, clinically, academically, and organizationally, there is an
unusual distinction this year which is worthy of special note: The two highest elected ofﬁcers
of the American Psychiatric Association are among those who also serve our journal. Pedro
Ruiz, M.D. is President and Michael Blumenﬁeld, M.D. is Speaker of the Assembly.
One of the features of my tenure has been Special Issues and Special Sections, devoted
to a series of related manuscripts on timely topics of interest. The people who have served
as Guest Editors have perhaps not received the full recognition that they deserve.
We would not exist, of course, without authors. In some cases, researchers and clini-
cians have contributed multiple articles over the years. Alphabetically, and I hope I’ve not
missed anyone, this list includes Patricia M. Averill, Ph.D. (UT Houston); Kathleen Biebel,
Ph.D. (UMass); Raymond B. Flannery, Jr., Ph.D. (UMass and Harvard); Alan Fontana,
Ph.D. (Yale); Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H. (UMass); Greg A. Greenberg, Ph.D. (Yale);