Dr. Ronald F. Krasner graduated from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1969 (1965-69). After completing a one-year medical internship at St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Illinois in 1970 and after a 2-year tour of duty in the United States Public Health Service at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC (1970-72), he matriculated to the psychiatry residency training program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), completing it in 1975. He received his training in psychoanalysis at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and completed that training in 1984. He was certified in psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1985. Dr. Krasner held the faculty rank of Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the University of California, San Francisco before returning to Chicago in 1984. Since that time, he has held a series of academic positions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences including Assistant Psychiatry Residency Training Director, 1987-88; Director of Graduate Medical Education, 1988-1992; Vice Chairman, 1992-2002; and Interim Chairman of the Department from 2002-2008. In 2009, Dr. Krasner left his full time position at Northwestern to pursue the private practice of psychiatry in downtown Chicago.
Among his awards and organizational achievements, Dr. Krasner is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member (elected) of the American College of Psychiatrists. Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Krasner has a long record of teaching and committee service at both at UCSF and Northwestern. He also has received several teaching awards. Dr. Krasner has been an active participant in the American Psychoanalytic Association, the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (President, 2006-2007), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Examiner, Adult Psychiatry), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (Specialist Site Visitor for the Residency Review Committee in Psychiatry), the Illinois Psychiatric Society (Chair, Ethics Committee and member, Executive Council), the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis (Member, Board of Directors, 2003-2009 and Faculty Member), and the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society (President, 2009 – 2011) Dr. Krasner’s research interest has focused on the measurement of psychiatry residents’ psychodynamic psychotherapy skill acquisition.