About Dr. Paul C. Holinger 2018-01-18T14:46:43+00:00

Dr. Paul Holinger


A founder of the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Dr. Paul Holinger is a leading go-to expert on child development and child behavior for both the media as well as for parents and caregivers.

Following his medical and psychiatric training in Chicago,
Dr. Holinger did a Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology in Boston, where he received a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health; he then did a Fellowship in Psychosocial Public Health at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Subsequently, he obtained adult and child/adolescent psychoanalytic training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Holinger is the former Dean, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Training/Supervising Analyst and Child Supervising Analyst, and Professor of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Certified in Psychoanalysis (adult and child/adolescent) by the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is also Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Author of the critically acclaimed What Babies Say Before They Can Talk: The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings, Dr. Holinger also blogs at Psychology Today on child development and child behavior. He has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, and his work has appeared in Parents Magazine, Parenting, and many others.

Among the awards Dr. Holinger has received are the George Mohr Award in Child Psychoanalysis (1995, The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis), the Michael Franz Basch Award (2010, The Tomkins Institute), the Distinguished Service Award (2010, The American Psychoanalytic Association), and the Distinguished Alumnus Award (2011, McCormick Theological Seminary).


Learn more about The Center for Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
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The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1932. Our mission is to provide professional training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and to enhance psychodynamic study through research and scholarship. We also seek to apply these principles to therapeutic services for the public, offering treatment for children and adults at reduced fees, to the benefit of under served communities.


What Babies Say has been translated into different languages
The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings

My Journey: On the Road to Raising Happy, Capable, Responsible Children

What Babies Say Before They Can TalkHuman beings are born with a set of signals. Current research suggests there are nine inborn signals: interest, enjoyment, surprise, distress, anger, fear, shame, disgust (a reaction to bad tastes), and dissmell (a reaction to bad odors).

These are our earliest feelings. In time, these signals combine with each other and link up with experience to form our complex emotional life. Understanding these signals and how they work can make a world of difference for you and your baby. That is what this book is all about.

Remarkable successes have been achieved in the fields of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. However, in my opinion, we have come up short in two areas. First, we have not focused enough on prevention, and second, we have not done a good job of conveying to the public much of what is known in the area of child development.

When talking about prevention of emotional problems, I am referring to the conflict, depression, and anxiety that can result from the misunderstanding and poor regulation of feelings; I am not referring to the major psychotic illnesses with biological components such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, although understanding these earliest feelings can help in those conditions as well. I hope my professional colleagues will appreciate that I am trying to convey in readable fashion various features of the preverbal affective world of the infant and caregiver and the tension-regulation issues involved.

In my work, I saw that focusing on the child’s signals could produce quite remarkable results.

This book has been published in several languages and is now available as an e-book.


Kalia DonerKalia Doner

Co-author of What Babies Say Before They Can Talk

Kalia Doner is a writer and journalist living in New York City. She is the author or coauthor of twenty-five nonfiction books on wellness and health and is currently editor-in-chief of Remedy and Diabetes Focus magazines.

Ms. Doner is also co-owner of the custom publishing company D&M Ink, Inc

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Violent Deaths In the United States: An Epidemiologic Study of Suicide, Homicide and Accidents
The Guilford Press, 1987

This book explores the patterns of violent deaths in the United States—suicide, homicide, and accidents. The relationships between these forms of mortality are highlighted. Time trends and shifts in population demonstrate what underlie violent deaths on a large scale.

A review in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated:
“The strength of this book is that it clearly outlines the epidemiology of all forms of violent deaths and gives clear direction on how this knowledge can be used in developing preventive strategies to reduce violent deaths.”

Suicide and Homicide Among Adolescents
The Guilford Press, 1994

This book integrates epidemiologic and clinical frames of reference to aid our understanding of suicide and homicide among youth. The causes of youth suicide and homicide are explored, which in turn leads to strategies of intervention and prevention.

Pastoral Care of Severe Emotional Disorders: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment
Irvington Publications, 1985

This book is aimed at non-psychiatric therapists and counselors who wish to understand better the major mental illnesses. Such illnesses as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, organic problems, and more are discussed. Treatments and medications are also examined.