Richard C. Friedman
Lecturer in Psychiatry
Richard C. Friedman MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical School, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University Dept. of Psychiatry and faculty member of the Columbia University Center For Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He received his MD degree from The University of Rochester in 1966. He completed psychiatric and psychoanalytic training at Columbia University and was Chief Resident in Psychiatry in 1969-70.
He carried out the first investigation demonstrating that medical interns who are sleep deprived are unable to carry out routine medical tasks. Friedman went on to become the first psychoanalyst to integrate research in psychobiology, gender identity, family studies and descriptive psychiatry with the psychoanalytic theory of sexual orientation. His book: Male Homosexuality: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective published in 1988 provided a new psychoanalytic non-pathological perspective about homosexuality.
Subsequently he co-authored Sexual Orientation and Psychoanalysis with Jennifer I. Downey MD published in 2002. This integrated findings from the neurosciences with psychoanalytic theory. It also extensively discussed the psychology of homophobia and internalized homophobia. This volume was republished as a paperback under the title Sexual Orientation and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in 2008
Friedman has published numerous articles and received many awards as indicated on his CV which appears on his website (http://www.richardcfriedmanmd.com).
He has an active psychoanalytically oriented practice in NYC.
Psychotherapy Effectiveness Research
Dr Friedman continues his scholarship in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Downey. Their upcoming projects include a book on the sexual history in psychiatry, and another on sexual psychodynamics. The latter involves placing human sexuality in an entirely different clinically relevant context than is presently presented either by Freudian psychoanalysis, or any of the popular revisionist perspectives including self psychology, psychoanalytic feminism, self psychology, object relations psychology, relational psychology and attachment theory.