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Dr. Richardson is a clinical and academic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a longstanding interest in sexual development, early child development, self esteem regulation, and parenting.
For the last several years Dr. Richardson has taught psychoanalytic theory to candidates at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Research and Training. He lectures on early childhood development to Columbia residents and on DSM challenges and controversies to Cornell residents. He co-teaches “Why Psychoanalysis?” a monthly seminar open to medical students, residents, early career psychiatrists, and psychologists of all levels of training with Dr. Deborah Cabaniss. Together he and Dr. Cabaniss co-Chair the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center’s Selection and Recruitment Committee.
Dr. Richardson is co-author with Dr. Mark Schuster of Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask) (Crown, 2003), a book promoting the sexual education of parents. He lectures throughout the United States on the subject of child and teen sexuality and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on the Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, and NPR’s Morning Edition, among other national programs. He is the psychiatric advisor to the HBO series In Treatment.
Dr. Richardson is co-author with Peter Parnell of And Tango Makes Three (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a picture book which tells the true story of two male penguins living in the Central Park Zoo who together try to hatch their own chick. Their book was recognized as an American Library Association Notable Book and has received the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, the Gustavus Meyers Award, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist.
Dr. Richardson is the recipient of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center’s Lionel Ovesey Award for research, writing, and teaching and the Alexander Beller Award for outstanding contributions to psychoanalytic writing. He is a past recipient of fellowship awards from the American Medical Associate, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He is in full time private practice in Greenwich Village.
Richardson, J. Complexity in the curriculum: sexuality in psychoanalytic training. Panelist. Mary Target, Chair. British Psychoanalytic Council, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now Conference, London, October 2010
Richardson, J. Grasping the epistemological divide in psychiatric and psychoanalytic writing about Childhood Attention Deficit Disorder. Discussion of a paper by Esther Fine, American Psychoanalytic Association Winter Meeting, January 2010.
Richardson, J. The theoretically perplexed candidate. In Teaching Psychoanalysis in an Era of Epistemological Angst, Elizabeth Auchincloss, Chair, American Psychoanalytic Association Winter Meeting, January 2006.
Richardson, J. and Schuster, M. Everything you never wanted your kids to know about sex (but were afraid they'd ask). Crown, New York, 2003.
Richardson, J. Finding the disorder in gender identity disorder: a reply to Kenneth J. Zucker, PhD. Harvard Rev Psych. May/June 1999; 7(1).
2011 Howard Klar Teacher of the Year Award, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center
2010 Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, the American Psychiatric Association
2010 Roger A. MacKinnon Award for Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatry, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program
2004 Lionel Ovesey Award for psychoanalytic research, writing, and teaching, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center
2003 Alexander Beller Award for an outstanding contribution to psychoanalytic scholarship, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center
1994 Paul M. Howard Prize for the overall outstanding resident, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
1994 Mel Kayce Award for the outstanding resident in psychodynamic psychotherapy, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
1993 American Medial Association/Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award
1993 American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship
1992 Ginsburg Fellowship, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry