Dr. Lucie Ney Jessner, 83, a child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, teacher and author, died of emphysema Tuesday at her home in Washington.
In private practice here for the last 16 years, she was a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and a training and supervising analyst for the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.
Dr. Jessner was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She was a graduate of the University of Frankfurt and earned a medical degree from the University of Koenigsberg in 1926.
She taught and practices as a psychiatrist in Germany and Switzerland before coming to this country in the late 1930s with her husband, Fritz Jessner, a German theatrical director. He died in Boston in 1946.
Dr. Jessner was a psychiatrist in the Boston area and helped to create and directed child psychiatric services at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1946 to 1955. She also taught and was a clinical associate at the Harvard Medical School Psychiatric Institute.
From there she went to Chapel Hill, N.C., where she was a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical School and director of the child psychiatric unit at North Carolina Hospital.
Dr. Jessner published numerous articles in her field and was the author or coauthor of a number of books, including "Shock Treatment in Psychiatry" and "Dynamic Psychopathology of Childhood."
She belonged to numerous professional organizations.
She is survived by two daughters, Anne, of Casablanca, Morocco, and Eva Sampson of Oakland, Calif., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Washington Psychoanalytic Society Endowment Fund.