Curriculum Vitae

Richard M. Sostowski, MD, DFAPA


250-1 Brook Hollow Lane
Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
T 908-766-5466
F 908-766-5221
[email protected]


Born Peckville, Pennsylvania
United States of America citizen
Married, 2 children



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BS, St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ (1969)

MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (1973)

Psychiatry Residency, New York University - Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY (1973-76)

Psychoanalytic Training, Columbia Psychoanalytic Institute for Training and Research (1976-77)

William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute (1977-82), Graduate

Board Qualifications

National Board of Medical Examiners #130617 (1974)

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry) #17141 (1977) – Lifetime certification, passed on first attempt

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry), passed on first attempt, #175 (1996), Recertification (2006)


New Jersey: 30582

New York: 120780 (inactive)

Honors and Awards

New Jersey Magazine “Top Doc” Award, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007 (Chosen by other New Jersey physicians as a psychiatrist they would consult for themselves and/or family members. On average, only seven psychiatrists are honored– I was the only forensic psychiatrist among the group).

Consumer Research Council of America “America’s Top Psychiatrists”, 2003-present

Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, elected by the National Committee upon recommendation of NJ Chapter of APA in recognition for excellence in patient care, teaching, administration, mentoring, community service, writing, research, committee work in the American Psychiatric Association (200 psychiatrists worldwide are named each year), 1997 (lifetime award)

Outstanding Professor” honor, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1985-1988)

Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Association (1985-1990)

Professional Society Memberships

American Psychiatric Association

American Academy of Psychoanalysis

New Jersey Psychiatric Association

Medical Society of New Jersey

William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society

New York University – Bellevue Psychiatric Society

The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

The Alumni Association of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Professional Activities

Private practice, adolescent and adult psychiatry (1976-present)

Short-term and long-term psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, psychoanalysis, hypnosis

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ (1989-1998)

  • Represented the Department of Psychiatry within the hospital and served as liaison between the department and New Jersey Medical School, other hospitals, professional and non-professional organizations in the community.

  • Responsible for the supervision and credentialing of 60 doctoral level mental health professionals, including 30 psychiatrists and 30 clinical psychologists.

  • Primary responsibility for quality assurance and departmental accreditation by the Joint Commission (JCAHO).

  • Oversaw and participated in training programs for medical students, psychiatric residents and non-psychiatrists.

  • Sponsored symposia of interest to physicians allowing for the earning of CME credits.

  • Took the lead in establishing community outreach programs such as Depression Screening Day and Anxiety Screening Day, both of which are nationwide programs.

  • Participated in the treatment of outpatients and inpatients.

Consultant, Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg, NJ (1992)

Consultant, Greenspring Mental Health Center (1991-1994)

Determined the "medical necessity" for outpatient psychiatric care and hospital admissions throughout New Jersey.

Psychiatric Consultant, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of NJ, Florham Park, NJ (1988-1990)
Conducted retrospective reviews on psychiatric and substance abuse patients admitted to hospitals throughout the United States. Worked with utilization review staff in tracking admission trends.

Vice Chairman and Director of Clinical Services, Department of Psychiatry, St. Barnabas Medical Center (1988-1989)

Chief Operating Officer with the responsibility of the day-to-day running of the department.

Director of Psychiatry, Medigroup Metro-Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark, NJ (1987-1990)

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Seton Hall University. School of Post Graduate Medicine, South Orange, NJ (1987-1988)

Developed CME courses for practicing physicians in various areas of psychiatry.

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ (1979-1988)

  • Established a separate Department of Psychiatry, previously a subsection within the Department of Medicine.

  • Overall administrative and clinical responsibility for the department, including inpatients, outpatients and consultations on medical-surgical floors.

  • Responsibility for teaching programs

  • In charge of quality assurance and departmental accreditation by the Joint Commission (JCAHO)

Associate Chief of Undergraduate Education, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Science

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ (1977-1979)

Delivered lectures and shared administrative responsibility for the curriculum during all four years of medical school

Primary Responsibility for Third Year Clinical Clerkship.

Psychiatric Consultant, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) (1978-Present)
I am commonly asked to consult on students who are thought to have the potential for a violence behavior while on campus.

Supervised staff, crisis intervention and hospital admissions.

Consultations with Students as Needed.

Psychiatric Consultant, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ (1976-1980)

Director of Psychiatry, Mt. Carmel Guild, Teaneck, NJ (1976-1977)

Outpatient clinic, supervised staff including psychologists and social workers.Performed diagnostic evaluations and pharmacotherapy.

Psychiatric Consultant to day hospital program, VA Regional Office in Newark, NJ (1976-1977)

Consulted to a day hospital program serving veterans with chronic psychiatric problems such as schizophrenia.

Pharmacologic management and psychotherapy of chronic psychiatric patients.

Summer Preceptorship on Treatment Approaches to Heroin Addiction sponsored by Jefferson Medical College.

Patrick House (Methadone Clinic) and Liberty Village (Therapeutic Community) (1971)

Hospital Appointments

Senior Attending, Department of Psychiatry
St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ (1988-2011)

Senior Attending, Department of Psychiatry,
University Hospital, Newark, NJ (1976-present)

Academic Appointments

Adjunct, Rutgers School of Law, “How Attorneys Should Use the Skills of an
Expert in Forensic Psychiatry” (2007-present)

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Newark, NJ (1984-present)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Newark, NJ (1978-1984)

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, St. George’s University Medical School,
Granada (1985-1988)

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New England School of Osteopathy,
Portland, Maine (1985-1989)

Professor of Psychiatry, Seton Hall University, School of Post-Graduate Medicine,
South Orange, NJ (1987-1988)

Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine,
New York (1975-1976 and 1980-1984)

Teaching Experience

Inpatient rotation for PGY2 and PGY4 psychiatric residents from New Jersey Medical School

Four-month core rotation for one junior psychiatric resident and a PGY4 “chief resident” with interest in administrative and academic psychiatry. The chief resident was given the responsibility of running a 28-bed psychiatric inpatient service under my supervision. The clinical work of the second year resident was supervised both by me and the chief resident. (1988-1997)

Coordinator of the third year psychiatric clerkship for students from the NJ Medical School rotating through St. Michael’s Medical Center (1979-1988) St. Barnabas Medical Center (1989-1998).
Supervised clinical work and delivered lectures on “core” topics.

Psychiatric topics in geriatric medicine.Bi weekly teaching rounds and lectures for PGY3 and PGY4 residents in Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Medical Center (1985-1989)

Half-time Clinical Clerkship for third year medical students from Saint George’s University Medical School (Granada) and the New England School of Osteopathy (Maine) at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ. Introductory lectures on psychiatric disorders and supervision of clinical work as part of a four-week training block. Students also rotated through other training sites. This training experience was separate from the third year clerkship for the NJ Medical School as per the requirements of AAMC. (1985-1988)

Biweekly lectures on “Issues in Women’s Mental Health” for Obstetrics-Gynecology residents, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ. Topics included Post-Partum Depression and Psychosis, Sexual Dysfunction, Psychopharmacology in Pregnant Women, and Psychiatric Problems During Different Phases of the Life Cycle (1983-1986)

Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychiatric Inpatient Service of the Manhattan VA Hospital. Taught groups of four PGY2 psychiatric residents from New York University. Emphasis was on the establishment of realistic therapeutic goals during acute short stay hospitalizations (1980-1984)

The Interface of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ. Weekly teaching rounds for PGY1 and PGY2 medical residents working on an inpatient service serving indigent patient population. (1982-1988)

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, New Jersey Medical School. Year-long course taught to third and fourth year psychiatric residents using videotapes of their psychotherapy sessions with clinic patients. (1980-1992)

Supervision of PGY2 psychiatric residents from New Jersey Medical School rotating through inpatient service at St. Michael’s Medical Center. This was a four-month rotation in which one or two residents were taught to work as part of a treatment team. After the first two months, the residents took over the leadership of the multidisciplinary team and made most of the decisions on the day-to-day management of a caseload of between six to eight patients. The resident had weekly supervision provided by attending psychiatrists (1978-1981)

Introduction to Psychiatric Disorders. Lectured to entire second year class at NJ Medical School on the topics of Schizophrenia, Somatoform Disorders, Conversion Disorders, and Malingering (1977-1989)

Introduction to Psychiatric Disorders in the Community. Series of six lectures on “Psychiatric Patients” given to caseworkers employed by the Community Mental health Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (1977-1978)

Introduction to Normal Human Development. Administration of a yearlong course for first year students at NJ Medical School. Lectured to entire first year class on normal human sexuality including heterosexual, gay and lesbian relationships. One highlight was guest lecturer from “Gay People in Medicine”, a national organization which attempts to desensitize doctors and make them more knowledgeable and less anxious when discussing sex with patients.

Lectures and Presentations

Lectures delivered including grand rounds to post-graduate physicians, both psychiatrists and nonpsychiatrists at various hospitals including Columbus Hospital, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Elizabeth General Hospital, Greystone, Essex County Hospital Center, St. Clare’s Hospital and Medical Center, Alexian Brothers, NYU Medical Center, University Hospital (UMDNJ) et al.

  • Factitious Disorder vs. Malingering
  • Assessment of Psychiatric Disability
    • How to Distinguish Between Real and Malingered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Conversion Disorders and Somatization Disorders vs. Malingering
  • The Past, Present and Future of Psychotherapy
  • Medical Marriages and the Psychology of Physicians

Presentations to other professional groups, including the Essex County Medical Society, the New Jersey Medical Society, the New Jersey Society of Oncology Nurses, child study teams from neighboring towns such as Westfield, Millburn, Livingston, et al.

Presentations to the community, including:

  • "Medical Town Meetings" on the following topics: Adolescent Depression, Signs of Drug Abuse in Your Child, New Treatments for Depression, Myths about Mental Illness, When to Consult a Mental Health Professional et al.
  • Numerous television appearance which aired on cable and major channels on topics such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, Body Rhythms, and Stigmatization of Mental Illness.

Chaired symposia on:

  • Update of Psychopharmacology (Keynote Speaker Charles Nemerhoff, MD, PhD, Chairman of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine - 1987)

  • Impact of Managed Care on Psychiatric Hospitalizations (Keynote Speaker Steven Sharfstein, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and CEO, Sheppard Pratt Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland Medical School and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - 1987).

  • Developed a study group for local psychiatrists


“Factitial Illnesses Mimicking Rheumatic Disease with Panniculitis,” Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Vol., 2, Number 2, April 1996

“The Diagnosis and Treatment of Manchausen’s Syndrome,” 1987

“Problems in the Use of Psychoactive Drugs: A Psychodynamic Perspective,” 1986

“The Analysis of a Dependent Young Attorney,” presented to the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, 1982

Medical-Legal (Forensic) Psychiatry
  • Retained on over 500 cases.

  • 60 depositions and 20 court appearances from 1991-2011.

  • For past 10 years, 65% of time patient care, 30% devoted to forensic work, 5% to teaching and administration.
    (prior to this, 50% patient care, 20% forensic, 15% administration, 15% teaching).

  • 85% of cases are civil, 10% criminal, and 5% quasi-criminal (examples include involuntary hospitalization, right to treatment, right to refuse treatment).

  • In civil area, retained 70% of the time for the defendant and 30% for the plaintiff.

  • In criminal cases, have been retained 50% for the state and 70% by the defendant.

  • Willing to travel

Firms retained by include but are not limited to:

Amdur, Boyle, Maggs and McDermott

Archer and Greiner

Baer, Arbeiter, Ploshnick, Tannenbaum and Weiss

Baron Samson

Barrett and Lazar

Billick and Yesalonis

Birbrower, Mantalbano, Condon and Frank

Bubb, Grogan and Cocca

Burns, White and Hickton

Buttafuoco, Kampf and Arce

Carpenter, Bennett and Morrissey

Carton, Witt, Arvanitis and Bariscillo

CFO Medical Services

Chasan and Leyner

Chubb Group

Claims Review Association (CRA)

Clyde Bergstresser and Associates

Cooper Pershie April Niedelman Wagenheim and Levenson

Concentra Managed Care

Daly, Lamastra and Cunningham

David Lusbader and Associates

Deveaux and Seidman

Dughi and Hewitt

Einhorn, Harris and Ascher

First Trenton Companies

First Unum Life Insurance Company

Fost Muscio and Caruso

Francis and Berry

Genova, Burns and Vernoia

Giblin and Combs

Graham, Curtin and Sheridan

Hardin, Kundla, McKeon, Poletto and Polifroni

Hayden, Perle and Silver

Heim and Lamastra

Hein, Smith, Berezin, Maloof and Jacobs

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst and Doukas

Home Life

IMX Medical Management Reviews


Jackson and Buckley

Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler and Krupman

James Sharp and Associates

Kulick, Brennan and Krochta

Lamb, Hartung, Kretzer, Reinman and DePascale

Law Offices of Charles A. Cerussi

Law Offices of John E. Bruder

Law Offices of Thomas Leyhawe

Lazarus and Billek

LeClair Ryan

Liberty Mutual

Littler Mendelson

London Fischer

Lowenstein Sandler

Lum, Danzis, Drasco Positan and Kleinberg

Lunga, Evers and Johnson

Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin

McCarter and English, LLP

McDermott and Magee

Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva and Meyers

Morgan, Melhuish and Monaghan

Northwestern Mutual Life

Office of the Prosecutor, County of Morris Courthouse

Orlovsky, Grasso, Bolger, Mensching, Halpin and Daley

Philip F. Mattia and Associates

Piper, Rudnick, Gray and Carey

Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello and Chattman

Rawle and Henderson

Ruprecht, Hart and Weeks

Rutherford Law Firm

Sellar Richardson

Sharp and Brown

Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heller and Brennan

Traub, Eglin, Lieberman and Straus

Unum Provident

White and Williams

Widman, Cooney and Barrett

Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer

Wiley, Malehorn and Sirota

Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman and Dicker

Wolff, Helies, Duggan, Spaeth and Lucas

Wolff and Samson

Noteworthy Cases

Evaluation of Jonathan H (2011): I assessed the risk for violence in a student enrolled at New Jersey Institute of Technology. I was retained by Dr. Jack Gentol, the Dean of Students at the college. I have done several other cases of this type for colleges.

Lonergan vs. Township of Scotch Plains et al. (2010): Retained by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart. Mr. Lonergan, a police officer alleged that he was the victim of reverse discrimination.

Blevis vs. The Lyndhurst School System et al. (2008): Retained by the defense. The plaintiff claimed emotional damages “harassment” by the employer. This case involved malingering.

Cho vs. Bayonne School District (2006): Retained by the plaintiff firm Lowenstein Sandler on this racial discrimination matter.

Blanks vs. Lockheed Martin Corporation et al (2005): Retained by the plaintiffs being represented by the Rutherford Law Firm in Mississippi; the defendant entered the Lockheed factory and shot and killed thirteen employees and wounded several others.

Falasca vs. Bergen Pines (2000): Retained by Hein Smith as expert for the defense. Mr. Falasca “eloped” from the hospital and walked into the middle of a major highway only to be killed by an oncoming truck.

The Estate of Joseph Pritting (2000): Retained by plaintiff firm, Willentz, Goldman and Spitzer. Mr. Pritting was walking out of the emergency room. He had come in on a voluntary basis and he changed his mind about being evaluated by a physician. He was restrained by several security guards who brought him down to the floor. The cumulative weight of the guards led to suffocation. A medical malpractice cased ensued.

McKeand vs. Gehard (1999): retained by the plaintiff, Ms. McKeand, who fell down the steps outside of her apartment and sustained multiple right facial fractures. She was represented by Chasan and Leyner and was awarded a one million dollar settlement.

Bernstein vs. Weiss (1998): I was retained by the defense firm, Hurley and Vasios. Mr. Bernstein believed that his face was permanently disfigured as a result of surgery performed by Dr. Weiss. The plaintiff had a diagnosis of a Body Dysmorphic Syndrome.

Welch et al. vs. Cole and Bodkin (1995): I was retained by Clyde Bergstresser, a plaintiff attorney n Boston, in a class action suit involving the treatment of former heroin addicts with Bupernorphine for major depression. Rather than becoming less depressed, the plaintiffs returned to abusing heroin. The defendant, Jonathan Cole MD, was a distinguished professor at Harvard Medical School where Alexander Bodkin MD was also an Associate Professor.

Residents of Ironbound Section of Newark and Employees vs. Diamond Shamrock (1990): I was retained by the defense firm McCarter English in a class action suit involving 88 plaintiffs who alleged physical and emotional damage as a result of exposure to “agent orange,” a defoliant used during the Vietnam War. There was a one million dollar settlement, which was considered a “victory” by the defense.