About Dr. Sostowski


Dr. Richard Sostowski is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association who is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has offices in Bernardsville, NJ, Millburn, NJ and Manhattan. Dr. Sostowski was Chairman of Psychiatry at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ when they were major teaching affiliates of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). With an MD from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Sostowski completed his psychiatric residency at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center and his psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York.

He teaches at Rutgers School of Law and received the “Outstanding Professor” award for his teaching of third year medical students at UMDNJ. His students appreciated his efforts not only to teach, but to inspire. He has also taught at NYU School of Medicine, Seton Hall University School of Post-Graduate Medicine, New England University College of Osteopathy, and St. George’s University Medical School.

Dr. Sostowski has received New Jersey Magazine’s “Top Doc” Award for three consecutive years and was the only forensic psychiatrist so recognized. He is recognized as one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists” by the Consumer Research Council of America.

He was awarded a grant for faculty development in Geriatric Psychiatry, which allowed him to serve as a Visiting Professor at McLean Hospital, which is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He was awarded grants for the development of training programs in General Psychiatry for residents in Internal Medicine and Obstetrics-Gynecology at Saint Michael’s Medical Center. Finally, he received financial support from the New Jersey State Department of Higher Education to study the use of computers in providing psychotherapy to prospective patients living in isolated parts of the United States. He also collaborated with research psychiatrists at the University of Wisconsin in developing websites devoted exclusively to the latest information on Bipolar Disease.

His lectures and presentations have included Grand Rounds for both psychiatrists and other specialists throughout New Jersey and New York. His topics have included:

  • The Diagnoses of Malingering
  • Malingering vs. Conversion Disorders
  • Somatization and Malingering
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome from a Psychiatric Perspective
  • Medical Marriages and the Psychology of Physicians
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Law

He has chaired psychopharmacology symposia for the medical community and symposia on depression and suicide for the general public.

Dr. Sostowski has taken a leadership role in numerous community outreach programs such as National Depression Screening Day and National Anxiety Screening Day given each year in the fall and spring respectively.

His extensive teaching experience has facilitated the development of a clear, jargon free and credible style both at depositions and in court.