Born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil to an Austrian mother and Brazilian father, Gunther Perdigao came to to the United States at age 18 to pursue his education. His perspective is informed both by a deep commitment to local community with deep roots in his chosen home of New Orleans, Louisiana where he has lived and practiced adult and child psychiatry and psychoanalysis for more than 40 years, and a profound, naturally acquired internationalism. He is fluent in 5 languages (English, Portuguese, German, Spanish and French) and admits to some acquaintance with Italian.
Gunther’s international life history and multilingual abilities drew him naturally to work in the IPA. His commitment to international psychoanalysis is personal and deep. The ability to make connections among colleagues who speaks different languages and live in different regions brings him great satisfaction, whether it’s orienting and translating for a new APsaA president at a FEPAL meeting or introducing a CIPS society leader to their counterparts in Europe. He has been active in nearly every aspect of IPA activity, from sponsoring new groups as current North American International Groups chair and past chair of the sponsoring committee for Recife and Campo Grande Component societies in Brazil, serving on the Education committee, to membership in the House of Delegates.
He has an intimate understanding of the complexities and challenges of IPA administration due to executive experience under two IPA administrations as Secretary General from 2009-2013 and Associate secretary 1993-1997. This IPA executive experience gives him detailed knowledge of IPA administration and structure. Knowing people and procedures allows him to get things done on behalf of members and psychoanalysis.
Regionally, Gunther organized 5 joint clinical meetings between North America and FEPAL and organized the IPA Congress in New Orleans on an emergency basis when the SARS threat forced a last minute change from the planned location in Toronto.
In New Orleans, he has served terms as President of the Society and as President of the Institute.
Within APsaA, he has served as chair of the Eitingon model Task Force during the exploration of the 6-Point Plan, and the Liaison between APsaA and FEPAL.
He is the author of 5 book chapters and numerous papers, abstracts, book reviews and congress presentations. While his scholarly interests are wide-ranging, topics that have captured his scholarly interest include cross-cultural psychoanalytic dyads, perversion, step- fatherhood and mourning in children and adolescents.
Devoted to the welfare of children, his involvement in the larger New Orleans community has included organizing meetings between psychoanalysts and middle school principals and high school guidance counselors, conducting monthly meetings for nursery school principals. He has lectured extensively in New Orleans to the public, educators and mental health professionals on subjects of child development and adolescent problems. He serves on the Board of the Family Service Society, and consultant to the Protestant Children’s Home, the Children’s Bureau and the St. Elizabeth Orphanage for Girls.
He has taught and supervised residents in Adult and Child Psychiatry and held appointments of Clinical Instructor at both Tulane University School of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of medicine.
Gunther has two children He and his wife Christie are grateful that their 7 grandchildren live in the Greater New Orleans area as do an extended family clan.
Gunther attended college at CalTech. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Medical School. He also completed a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the New Orleans Guidance Center. He is Board Certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Gunther trained in Psychoanalysis at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute and is Certified in Adult and Child Psychoanalysis. He is a training and supervising analyst at New Orleans.