Dr Ullman's career spanned an early period in the practice of neurology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, followed by a transition to community psychiatry, and the directorship of the Department of Psychiatry at the Maimonides Medical Center. He resigned in 1974 and, since then, has been engaged in extending dream work into the community.
Founder and director of the first fully operational community mental health center in New York City at the Maimonides Medical Center in 1967, he also initiated one of the first sleep laboratories in New York City at Maimonides Medical Center on 1961, a laboratory devoted to the experimental study of dreams and telepathy.
In recent years Dr. Ullman has been in the forefront of the movement to stimulate public interest in dreams and to encourage the development of dream sharing groups. Working with a small group process that he felt was both safe and effective he has spent the past three decades leading such groups both here and abroad, especially in Sweden. There is now an organization in Sweden, The Dream Group Forum (Drömgruppsforum) formed year 1990, and the respective Finnish Dream Group Forum formed year 2003, both devoted to the training of others in this approach.
Dr. Ullman was past president of the Society of Medical Psychoanalysts, a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, past president of the American Society for Psychical Research, past president of the Parapsychological Association, and a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Ullman received his B.S. degree from the College of the City of New York in 1935, and was graduated from the New York University College of Medicine in 1938. Following the completion of his training in neurology and psychiatry, he entered private practice in 1946 after returning from military service. He completed his psychoanalytic training at the New York Medical College where he served on the psychoanalytic faculty for twelve years, starting in 1950.
In the sixties Dr. Ullman was engaged in psychosomatic research in dermatology at the Skin and Cancer Unit of Bellevue Hospital, and was associated with the Bellevue Stroke Study over a period of four years.
Dr. Ullman was a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and is currently Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. Dr. Ullman has written numerous papers on the neurophysiological, clinical and social aspects of dreams and is the author of Behavioral Changes in Patients with Strokes (C.F. Thomas), author of Appreciating Dreams and co-author of several books, including Dream Telepathy, Working with Dreams, co-editor of the Handbook of States of Consciousness and The Variety of Dream Experience.
Dr. Ullman left us June 7th, 2008