Jun 22, 2012
In Memoriam: Psychoanalyst Christoph Heinicke
Christoph Heinicke, a distinguished adjunct professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA and longtime director of the UCLA Family Development Project, which fosters child development, died Sunday, June 17, in Santa Monica. He was 85.
Heinicke joined the UCLA psychiatry department in 1972 and never retired, working until shortly before his death. His research provided the foundation for the UCLA Family Development Project
, which uses his academic findings to break cycles of abuse and addiction and assist at-risk mothers in Los Angeles in becoming better parents.
Heinicke was an active teacher, coordinating UCLA's clinical practicum for child psychiatry fellows for many years, co-directing the resident child psychotherapy clinic and serving as a clinical supervisor to several generations of trainees.
Heinicke is survived by his wife, Sally Heinicke; three sons, and three grandchildren.
The family will announce plans for a memorial service at UCLA. They request that no flowers be sent and that any gifts in Heinicke's honor be directed to the UCLA Family Development Project, made payable to the Regents of the University of California, UCLA Family Development Project, ATTN: Vicki Ponce, Semel Institute, 760 Westwood Plaza, Room 58-242 Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1759.