Montague Ullman, Pioneer in Dream Research
(1917 - 2008)
Dr. Ullman devoted his life to extending dreamwork beyond
the consulting room, out into the community where ordinary
people can help each other understand their dreams.
Dr. Montague Ullman, Emeritus clinical professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, graduated from New York University College of Medicine in 1938. Subsequent to his internship and residencies in neurology and psychiatry, he served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps in World War II. He was on the psychoanalysis faculty of the New York Medical College and had a private psychoanalytic practice until 1961. In 1967, Dr. Ullman became the full-time director of the department of psychiatry at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn , N.Y. There he helped to develop one of the first fully operational community mental health centers in the United States . He also pioneered a sleep and dream laboratory where he led a team that investigated the occurrence of dream telepathy.
Dr. Ullman was a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past president of the Society of Medical Psychoanalysts and a past president of the American Society for Psychical Research. In 2006, he was presented with an honorary lifetime membership by the International Association for the Study of Dreams, in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the international dream community. The announcement cited, among other accomplishments, his role as "the father of the group dream work movement that has taken hold all around the world" and creating credibility for precognitive and telepathic dreams.
He authored over 80 professional papers and several books, including “Behavioral Changes in Patients Following Strokes.” He co-authored “Working With Dreams” and "Dream Telepathy;” and co-edited “The Variety of Dream Experience” and “Handbook of States of Consciousness.” Montague Ullman's experiential dream group method has become popular in Taiwan , where it is finding use in social work circles and university and graduate school curricula, in both Chinese and in English. Dr. Ullman's final book, “Dream Appreciation: A Group Approach to Dream Work,” translated into Chinese by Dr. Shuyuan Wang, is being used as a textbook in several Taiwanese universities.
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