Curriculam Vitae – Richard H. Tuch, M.D., F.A.P.A.

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  • Undergraduate:
    • B.A. (1971) University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Graduate:
    • M.D. (1975) University of Southern California, School of Medicine
  • Postgraduate:
    • Pediatric Internship (1975-76): Children’s Hospital L.A.
    • Psychiatric Residency (1976-79): Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles.
    • Psychoanalytic Training: Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (Presently, The New Center for Psychoanalysis).
  • Psychiatric Residency:
    • Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine
  • Psychoanalytic Training:
    • Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (Presently, The New Center for Psychoanalysis)


  • Medical License, State of California, G 32569

Board Certification

  •  Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1981

Additional Certification

  • Certified in Psychoanalysis by American Psychoanalytic Assn, 1992
  • Fellow, American Board of Psychoanalysis, 2016

Professional Experience

  • Present:
    • Full-time Private Practice, West Los Angeles
    • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA (Full Professor)
    • Training and Supervising Analyst: New Center for Psychoanalysis
    • Teaching Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis
    • Training and Supervising Analyst: The Psychoanalytic Center of California
    • Teaching Faculty, The Psychoanalytic Center of California
    • Life Fellow, The American Psychoanalytic Association
    • Section Head, Scholarship Division, The Department of Psychoanalytic Education (a committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association).
  • Previous Professional Positions:
    • 1978-79 Staff Psychiatrist, Didi Hirsch Comm. Mental Health Center, Culver City).
    • 1978-79 Staff Psychiatrist (Part-time), Olive View Mental Health, Van Nuys
    • 1979 Staff Psychiatrist (Part-time), San Bernardino Mental Health Unit
    • 1979-80 Consulting Psychiatrist, San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall
    • 1979-81 Consulting Psychiatrist, Van Nuys Comm. Mental Health Center
    • 1984-87 Medical Director, Treatment Centers of America, S. F. Valley
    • 1988-93 Clinical Director, Adult Program, CPC Westwood Hospital
    • 2012-2016 Dean of Training, The New Center for Psychoanalysis

Professional Activities

  • Professional Associations:
    • Member, American Psychoanalytic Association
      • Former Fellow, Board of Professional Standards 2012-2017
      • Former Councilor (Board Member)
    • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
    • Fellow, International Psychoanalytical Association
    • Fellow, College of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
    • Fellow, American Board of Psychoanalysis
    • Member, Southern California Psychiatric Society
      • Former Treasurer of the SCPS
      • Former Co-Chair of the Program Committee (for five years)
    • Member, California Psychiatric Association
  • Committee/Community Service:
    • 1981-82 Vice President, Medical Staff, Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital
    • 1982-88 Chairman, Adolescent Committee, Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital
    • 1982-88 Chairman, Peer Review Committee, Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital
    • 1984-5 Board Member, Family Services of Los Angeles
    • 2002-4 Merger Committee (LA Psychoanal. Soc. & South. Calif. Psychoanal. Soc.)
    • 1998-2002 Curriculum Committee, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
    • 2000-2002 Exec. Councilor (Board Member), American Psychoanalytic Association.
    • 2002-4 Member, Program Committee, The American Psychoanalytic Association.
    • 2008-2013 Curriculum Committee, The Psychoanalytic Center of California
    • 2017-present: Section Head, Scholarship Division, The Department of Psychoanalytic Education, The American Psychoanalytic Association, 2017-present
    • 2018-2022 Member, Editorial Board, The Jour. of the Amer. Psychoana. Assn.

Honors and Special Awards

  • Recipient of the Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award for Psychoanalytic Writing. Presented by the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1994.
  • Recipient of the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award, Presented by the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2008
  • Recipient, Leo Rangell Essay Contest in 2015.


  • Supervisor, (Psychiatric Residency Program) Neuropsychiatric Institute, David Geffon School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles (conducting one-on-one supervision since 1980)
  • Senior Faculty, The New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles (teaching both in the core psychoanalytic program as well as in the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program)—since 1994
  • Senior Faculty, The Psychoanalytic Center of California, Los Angeles, since 2005
  • Seminar Leader, The Wright Institute, Los Angeles, 2015-2020.


  • Research Papers–Peer Reviewed:
    • Tuch, R. (1975). Relationships of a Woman’s Menstrual Status and Her Response to Illness in Her Children. Psychosomatic Medicine, Sept.-Oct. 1975, Vol. 37, Number 5.
    • Tuch, R. (1995) On the Capacity to be Creative: A Psychological Exploration of Writer’s Block Progress in Self Psychology, Vol. XI, ed. A. Goldberg.
    • Tuch, R. (1997) Beyond Empathy: Confronting Certain Complexities in Self Psychological Theory. Psychiatric Quarterly, LXVI pp. 259-282.
    • Tuch, R. (1999) The Construction, Reconstruction and Deconstruction of Childhood Memories In Light of Developing Social Cognition. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 47:11, pp.155-186.
    • Tuch, R. (2001) Questioning the Psychoanalyst’s Authority. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 49:2, pp. 491-513.
    • Gamer, S., Tuch, R., & Garcia, L (2003). M.M. House Mental Classification Revisited: Intersection of Particular Patient Types and Particular Dentist’s Needs. Prosthetic Dentistry 297-302.
    • Tuch. R. (2007) Thinking With, and About, Patients Too Scared to Think. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 88:91-111.
    • Tuch, R. (2008). Unraveling the Riddle of Exhibitionism: A Lession in the Power Tactics of Perverse Interpersonal Relationships. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2008. 89:143-160
    • Tuch, R. (2009). On: Dr Weisberg’s Reactions to ‘Unraveling the Riddle of Exhibitionism’. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90:379-381
    • Tuch. R. (2010). Murder on the Mind: And Other Points Along the Perverse Spectrum (2010).
    • International Journal of Psychoanalysis 91 (1): 141-162
    • Tuch, R. (2011). Mörderische Gedanken: Tyrannische Macht und andere Phänomene innerhalb des perversen Spektrums. Int. Psychoanalyse, 6:107-137
    • Tuch, R. (2011) Thinking Outside the Box: A Metacognitive/Theory of Mind Perspective on Concrete Thinking. (2011) J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 59:4, pp. 765-789.
    • Tuch, R. (2013). Φόνος στον ψυχισμό: τυραννικήεξουσία και άλλα σημεία κατά μήκος του διαστροφικού φάσματος. Ετήσια ελληνική έκδοση, 1:124-148.
    • Tuch, R. (2015). Brief Communicaction: Problems Applying Neuroscientific Research to the Clinical Setting. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63:311-316
    • Tuch, R. (2015). Response to Alberini. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63:331-333.
    • Tuch, R. (2015). The Analyst’s Way of Being: Recognizing Separable Subjectivities and the Pendulum’s Swing. Psychoanal Q., 84:363-388.
    • Thompson, J.M., Tuch, R. (2016). The Storytelling Aspect of Interpersonal Relations: Understanding “Relating” from a Mentalization Point of View. Psychodyn. Psych., 44:423-448.
    • Tuch, R. (2016). Between Knowing and Believing: Salvaging Illusion’s Rightful Place in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal Q., 85:35-57.
    • Tuch, R. (2020). Doubters and Believers in the Time of the Pandemic, J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 68:463-466.
  • Book Reviews
    • Tuch, R. (2016). Psychoanalysis: Critical Conversations (Selected Papers by Arnold D. Richards, Volume 1). Edited by Arthur A. Lynch. New York: International Psychoanalytic Books, 2015, xxxiv + 411 pp., $35.00 paperback. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 64:1075-1081.
    • Tuch, R. (2018). On Freud’s “Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning.” Edited by Gabriela Legorreta and Lawrence J. Brown. London: Karnac Books, 2016, xvi + 270 pp., $47.95 paperback. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 66(1):139-149.
    • Tuch, R. (2018) Psychoanalytic Process and Theory: At War with the Obvious: Disruptive Thinking in Psychoanalysis. By Donald Moss (2018). New York: Routledge, 2018, 172 pp. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 66(4): 805-813.
    • Tuch, R. (2018.) Fetishism, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy: The Iridescent Thing by Alan Bass (2018). Abingdon, U.K., Routledge, 2018, 162 pp. Psychoanalytic Psychology. 35:473-476.
    • Tuch, R. (2019). Silent Virtues: patience, curiosity, privacy, intimacy, humility, and dignity, by Salman Akhtar, Int. J. Psychoanal., 100:411-415.
    • Tuch, R. (2022). A Fresh Look at Psychoanalytic Technique: Selected Papers on Psychoanalysis, by Fred Busch, Psychoanal Q., 91 (3): 614-622.
    • Books and Book Chapters
  • Books (and Chapters in books):
    • Tuch, R. (2000). The Single Woman – Married Man Syndrome. New York, Jason Aronson, Inc.
    • The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis. (2006, R.M. Skelton, Ed.) Executive Editor. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    • Tuch (2011) Bogus Aims, Unpossessable Objects, Elusive Goals: A Further Contribution to the Psychoanalytic Theory of Greed in Greed: Sex, Money, & Politics (ed. E. Ronis and L. Shaw) New York: International Psychoanalytic Press.
    • Thompson, J.M. & Tuch, R (2014) The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Mentalizing Tales of Dating and Marriage (2014). London: Routledge
    • Tuch, R. (2017) Longing for a Second Chance, in (ed, Akhtar & Siassi) in Regret: Developmental, Cultural and Clinical Realms. Routledge
    • Tuch, R. (2018) Psychoanalytic Method in Motion: Controversies and Evolution of Clinical Theory and Practice. London: Routledge
    • Tuch, R. & Kuttnauer, L. (2018) Conundrums and Predicaments in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, London: Routledge
    • Tuch, R. & Thompson, M. (2017). “Storytelling Suffering of Every Conceivable Sort” in Narrative and Meaning: The Foundation of Mind, Creativity, and the Psychoanalytic Dialogue (Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series) 1st Edition
    • Tuch, R. & Thompson, M. (2017) Il trattamento di coppia basato sulla mentalizzazion in in Una Poltrona Per Tre (ed., Franco Algeli)
  • Film
    • Freud: The Man; The Method; The Psychoanalytic Movement.
      A 1 hour instructional film covering aspects of Freud’s life, the development of the psychoanalytic method, and the politics of the psychoanalytic movement

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