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Ari Kiev papers

 Collection
Identifier: K0006
This collection documents the work of psychiatrist Dr. Ari Kiev through his publications, correspondence, audio and video recordings, legal work, as well as a small quantity of family papers. Professional materials date from 1965 to 2005, with some family papers dating to 1921.

Kiev's research and private practice covered a wide range of specialties, including depression and suicide prevention, psychopharmacological research, transcultural psychiatry, and the psychology of world-class athletes and Wall Street traders.

These documents and audiovisual materials were created as part of Kiev's work as a research psychiatrist, author, expert witness, and television personality. In addition to his significant record of publication of academic articles and books, Kiev also wrote for a popular audience, particularly with his compact book A Strategy for Daily Living and his guides for Wall Street traders such as Trading to Win, Trading in the Zone, and Hedge Fund Masters.

Dates

  • 1965-2005
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Extent

10.5 Linear Feet (10 document boxes, 3 flat boxes, 3 record cartons, 1 reel)

Overview

This collection documents the work of psychiatrist Dr. Ari Kiev from 1965 to 2005 through his publications, correspondence, audio and video recordings, legal work, as well as a small quantity of family papers. Kiev's research and private practice covered a wide range of specialties, including depression and suicide prevention, psychopharmacological research, transcultural psychiatry, and the psychology of world-class athletes and Wall Street traders. In addition to his significant record of publication of academic articles and books, Kiev also wrote for a popular audience, particularly with his compact book A Strategy for Daily Living and his guides for Wall Street traders such as Trading to Win, Trading in the Zone, and Hedge Fund Masters.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Ari Nissan Kiev was born December 30, 1933 in the Bronx, the son of Rabbi I. Edward Kiev. A psychiatrist, lawyer, and popular author, Kiev specialized in suicide prevention, antidepressant medication investigation, and the psychology of world-class athletes and Wall Street traders.

Kiev received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1954 and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School in 1958. He completed a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and spent a year as a research fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry at Maudsley Hospital in London. In 1962, he became a U.S. Air Force staff psychiatrist at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and in 1967 he returned to Cornell to lead its Program in Social Psychiatry. Kiev published extensively in his field, and many of his draft and published academic articles are available in the collection.

Kiev was the founder and director of the Social Psychiatry Research Institute, which specializes in conducting clinical trials of new prescription drugs. In addition to his work with SPRI, Kiev maintained a private clinical practice, testified as an expert witness in suicide and psychopharmacology cases, and developed the Life Strategy Workshops seminars, tapes of which are available in the collection. In 1975, Kiev taught a class as part of the popular CBS Sunrise Semester program based on his 1964 book Magic, Faith, and Healing: Studies in Primitive Psychiatry, tapes of which are also available in the collection.

Kiev became interested in the psychology of athletic performance in the 1970s, and began working with Olympic athletes on managing stress, eventually as part of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s sports medicine committee. His work with top athletes caught the interest of hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, and Kiev began working with Wall Street traders in 1992, a practice that led to several books on mastering stress in the Wall Street environment.

Kiev was the author or editor of a number of books in psychology and psychiatry, including The Mental Strategies of Top Traders, Hedge Fund Leadership, Hedge Fund Masters, The Psychology of Risk, Trading in the Zone, Trading to Win, A Strategy for Daily Living, Breaking Free of Birth Order, How to Keep Love Alive, The Courage to Live, Recovery from Depression, Magic, Faith, and Healing: Studies in Primitive Psychiatry Today, and Psychiatry in the Communist World.

After years of testifying as an expert witness, Kiev returned to law school at age 50, graduating from New York Law School in 1988. At the time of his death in 2009, he was working toward a masters degree in executive health at George Washington University.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: Writing and documents; Correspondence; Seminars and workshops; and Audiovisual.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ari Kiev, 2008 (2008.010)

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Ari Kiev Papers, 1965-2005
Status
completed
Author
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2010
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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