Richard J. Rosenthal, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Clinical Associate, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute (now the New Center for Psychoanalysis), 1971-1980
Commander, US Navy Reserves, Active duty 1968-1970
Director, Neuropsychiatric Unit, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego
Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, 1965-1968
Montefiore Hospital, New York, 1964-1965
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1964
English, Cornell University, 1960
- Phenomenology, psychodynamic psychotherapy for pathological gambling, self-injurious and self-destructive behaviors
- Conceptualization, history of behavioral addiction
- Psychological approaches to literature (especially Dostoevsky)
Rosenthal, R.J. (2015). Why Dostoevsky quit gambling. Dostoevsky Studies, 19, 33-50.
Rosenthal, R.J. (2015). Dostoevsky and gambling. In D. Martinsen and O.E. Maiorova (Eds.). Dostoevsky in Context. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, 148-156.
Rosenthal, R. J. (2015). Masochism and pathological gambling. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 43(1), 1-25.
Takiguchi, N. and Rosenthal, R.J. (2011). Problem gambling in Japan: A social perspective. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 31 January.
Fong, T., Kalechstein, A., Bernhard, B., Rosenthal, R., & Rugle, L. (2008). A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of olanzapine for the treatment of video poker pathological gamblers. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 89(3), 298-303.
Rosenthal, R.J. (2008). Psychodynamic psychotherapy and the treatment of pathological gambling. Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, 30 Suppl 1, May 2008. Epub Jan 31, 2008. Available in English and Portuguese.
de Castro, V., Fong, T., Rosenthal, R. J., & Tavares, H. (2007). A comparison of craving and emotional states between pathological gamblers and alcoholics. Addictive behaviors, 32(8), 1555-1564.
Rosenthal, R.J. (2005). Staying in action: The pathological gambler’s equivalent of the dry drunk. Journal of Gambling Issues:eGambling, 13 March 2005. Available: http://www.camh.net/egambling/issue13/jgi_13_rosenthal.html
Comings, D.E., Rosenthal, R.J., Lesieur, H.R., Rugle, L.J., Muhleman, D. Chiu, C., Dietz, G., & Gade, R. (1996). A study of the dopamine D2 receptor gene in pathological gambling. Pharmacogenetics, 6(3), 223-234.
Rosenthal, R.J. & Rugle, L.J. (1994). A psychodynamic approach to the treatment of pathological gambling: Part I. Achieving abstinence. Journal of Gambling Studies, 10, 21-42.
Rosenthal, R.J. (1987). The psychodynamics of pathological gambling: A review of the literature. In T. Galski (Ed.) The Handbook of Pathological Gambling. Charles C. Thomas: Springfield, Ill., pp.41-70. Reprinted in D.L.Yalisove (Ed.) Essential Papers on Addiction. New York University Press: New York and London, 1997.
Richard J. Rosenthal, MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. He is a California and National Certified Gambling Counselor (CCGC-II, NCGC-II), a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC), and supervisor. He co-authored the diagnostic criteria (DSM-IV), was co-investigator on the first genetic study, and has published articles and book chapters on the phenomenology, course, complications, and treatment of pathological gambling. The National Council on Problem Gambling awarded him their Research Award (1993), Herman Goldman Award (1995), and Robert Custer Lifetime Achievement Award (2004).
Dr. Rosenthal is a board certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is on the faculty of the New Center for Psychoanalysis and maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles.