American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna

In 2006, Freud Foundation U.S. was established in New York to inform the public about the life, work and era of Sigmund Freud and about the effects of this life and work on society, art and culture. It is a 501(c)3 organization, any contribution is tax-deductible in the United States to the full extent of the law. In 2019, the Freud Foundation U.S. decided to rename itself into American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna. The American Friends' activities include conferences, exhibitions, symposiums and studies promoting the international transfer of knowledge pertaining to psychoanalysis. Fundraising is an expressly stated mission of the American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna, and one of its primary objectives is to financially assist organizations in the USA, Austria and other countries whose work involves Sigmund Freud and the impact of psychoanalysis on contemporary civilization. Among the institutions to be supported are the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Sigmund Freud Foundation. The American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna and the Sigmund Freud Foundation also engage in scholarly cooperation, researching the influence of psychoanalysis on art, society and culture from the beginning of the last century to the present day. Through cooperation with American universities, the transatlantic dialog is also intensified, engendering a transmission of cultural values. International networking is encouraged through scientific events and organized tours in which scholars from the USA can visit the setting in which Freud lived and worked in Vienna and meet Austrian researchers.


1st Annual New York Celebration Dinner 2018

On October 29th, 2018, the 1st Annual New York Celebration Dinner for the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna took place at the Neue Galerie New York:

The American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna Distinguished Achievement Award

This award, sponsored by the American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna (former Freud Foundation U.S.), is in recognition of outstanding achievement in the spirit of Sigmund Freud.

Given that Freud’s work has exerted a profound and enduring influence on so many fields relating to the understanding of human beings, recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award can come for a wide range of disciplines, including psychiatry and psychology, the humanities and social sciences, and the arts.

The American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the Distinguished Achievement Award. Nominations should include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a one-page letter of nomination explaining the importance of the nominee’s contributions and their relation to the ideas and legacy, broadly defined, of Sigmund Freud.
For nominations, please contact Peter Noemaier at

Award 2017

On January 12th, 2017, Dr. Jeff Nalin received the American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna Distinguished Achievement Award in Los Angeles.

Austrian Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger presented the prize to Dr. Nalin, who expressed his gratitude and deep sympathy for Sigmund Freud’s achievements and importance in the field of the theory of the human mind.

Dr. Jeff Nalin is the executive director and co-founder of Paradigm Treatment Centers, a small group of residential treatment centers for adolescents and young adults aged 12-18 with mental health, and/or substance abuse issues that provides short-term, intensive therapeutic interventions.
Jeffrey Nalin holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific University in Portland (OR), M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (CA) and B.A. in Psychology from University of South California, LA. He is regarded as one of America’s leading psychologists specializing in the field of adolescent care. Jeff Nalin has destigmatized many issues teenagers and young adults face in today’s overstimulating world; reframing struggles such as media addiction and dependency on various substances or maladaptive coping behaviors as a young person’s way to communicate their feelings. Jeff Nalin’s numerous endeavors in the field of mental health make him an excellent ambassador for the ideas of Sigmund Freud.

From Left to Right: Ulrike Ritzinger (Consul General of Austria), Dr. Jeff Nalin, Markus Rogan (nominated Dr. Nalin for the Distinguished Achievement Award)


The Board of Directors currently consists of Members as follows:

Chairman: Dominic Freud
President: Thomas Kohut
Vice-Presidents: Petra Vospernik, Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Marjorie Federbush
Treasurer: Stephen Harnik
Secretary: Peter Noemaier
Directors: Pamela Cooper-White, Franz Jurkowitsch, Michael S. Roth

The Austrian Consul General in New York, Georg Heindl and Mrs Neline Heindl-Koornneef hosted a formal dinner at their residence on Thursday January 14th, 2016 to mark the assumption of the the Chairmanship of the American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna by Dominic Freud and to thank Gregor Medinger for his services as past President and to mark the assumption of the Presidency of the foundation by Petra Vospernik.

On the picture, from l. to r.: Seated: Dr. Christine Moser, Director Austrian Kulturforum, NY, Deborah Harnik, Laurie Kogan, Dr. Richard Kogan, Patty Freud, Harald Halbhuber, Emma Freud, Dominic Freud, Neline Heindl-Kornneef, Austrian Consul General Dr. Georg Heindl, Stephen Harnik, Dr. Petra Vospernik, Marjorie Federbush, Gregor Medinger, Bee Medinger.

Interested in supporting us or taking part in an event? Contact Petra Vospernik at

Postal address of the American Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna:
Harnik Law Firm
c/o Stephen Harnik
Chrysler East Building
666 Third Ave. 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017-4046
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