Dr. Ira Brenner is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia where he was formerly the Director of the Adult Psychotherapy Training Program.  

In private practice, Dr. Brenner treats patients of all ages at his office in Bala Cynwyd, PA. With a special interest in psychological trauma, Brenner lectures across the country and internationally, and has authored over 100 publications, including five books. 


  • Dark Matters: Exploring the Realm of Psychic Devastation (Karnac Books, 2014)
  • Injured Men: Trauma, Healing, and the Masculine Self (2009) *2010 Gradiva ® Award Winner
  • Psychic Trauma: Dynamics, Symptoms, and Treatment (2004)
  • Dissociation of Trauma: Theory, Phenomenology and Technique (2001)
  • The Last Witness – The Child Survivor of the Holocaust (co-author Judith Kestenberg) (1996)

Brenner is the recipient of the Gratz Research Prize from Jefferson, the Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychiatry, the Piaget Writing Award for his 2001 book Dissociation of Trauma: Theory, Phenomenology and Technique, and the Gradiva Award for his 2009 book Injured Men.