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    Stephen Shuchter

    TitleEmeritus Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0851
    CA La Jolla 92093
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      Biography

      Born in Chicago in 1944, grew up on the South side, attending the University of Chicago as an undergraduate and for medical school. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Yale from 1970 to 1973, and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, from 1973 to 1975. Dr. Shuchter joined the full-time faculty at UCSD in 1975, and is currently the Director/ Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatry.

      Besides family and clinical/scholarly pursuits, he has been a serious athlete throughout his life: playing basketball in high school, college, and Senior Olympics. Since 1985, he has also been a professional musician; as Dr. Elvis (of Dr. Elvis and the Immortals), he has sung rock and roll and have impersonated Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Mick Jagger, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Luciano Pavarotti.

      Research Interests

      Since the beginning of the San Diego Widowhood Project in 1976 through UCSD’s current Survivors of Violent Loss Program, he has studied the phenomenology of grief, its relationship to depression, and integrated treatments of complicated grief reactions.

      During the past two decades, his scholarly work has been focused on the integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in the treatment of affective and anxiety disorders. His current project is a review of the evaluation and treatment of medical professionals (300 medical students, house staff and faculty-level physicians) with whom he has worked.

      Clinical Focus

      As the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry, Dr. Shuchter’s clinical work and supervision of Psychiatry residents, medical students, family medicine and neurology residents, psychology staff and trainees, and social work staff and trainees has been, of necessity, of a broad and varied nature. The outpatient service treats 1200-1500 patients through their contract with San Diego County Mental Health Services, seeing chronically and severely ill population. Through their private service, they also see another 1200-1300 patients whose health care plan is with UCSD: these tend to be people who are working and present with milder forms of mental illness. In his private practice, he sees people with affective and anxiety disorders. In recent years, more and more of his practice has been with medical trainees and professionals.


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      1. Zisook S, Shuchter S. Major Depression Associated With Widowhood. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1993 Autumn; 1(4):316-326. PMID: 28530910.
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      2. Loving RT, Kripke DF, Shuchter S. Bright light augments antidepressant effects of medication and wake therapy. Depress Anxiety. 2002; 16(1):1-3. PMID: 12203667.
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      3. Zisook S, Shuchter S, Pedrelli P, Sable J, Deaciuc SC. Bupropion sustained release for bereavement: results of an open trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2001 Apr; 62(4):227-30. PMID: 11379835.
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      4. Chentsova-Dutton Y, Shuchter S, Hutchin S, Strause L, Burns K, Zisook S. The psychological and physical health of hospice caregivers. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2000 Mar; 12(1):19-27. PMID: 10798822.
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      5. Zisook S, Chentsova-Dutton Y, Shuchter S. PTSD following bereavement. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 1998 Dec; 10(4):157-63. PMID: 9988056.
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      6. Zisook S, Paulus M, Shuchter S, Judd LL. The many faces of depression following spousal bereavement. J Affect Disord. 1997 Aug; 45(1-2):85-94; discussion 94-5. PMID: 9268778.
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      7. Schneider DS, Sledge PA, Shuchter S, Zisook S. Dating and remarriage over the first two years of widowhood. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 1996 Jun; 8(2):51-7. PMID: 8807029.
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      8. Zisook S, Shuchter S, Sledge PA, Paulus M, Judd LL. The spectrum of depressive phenomena after spousal bereavement. J Clin Psychiatry. 1994 Apr; 55 Suppl:29-36. PMID: 8077167.
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      9. Zisook S, Shuchter S, Irwin M, Darko DF, Sledge P, Resovsky K. Bereavement, depression, and immune function. Psychiatry Res. 1994 Apr; 52(1):1-10. PMID: 8047615.
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      10. Zisook S, Goff A, Sledge P, Shuchter S. Reported suicidal behavior and current suicidal ideation in a psychiatric outpatient clinic. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 1994 Mar; 6(1):27-31. PMID: 7951642.
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      11. Zisook S, Shuchter S. Uncomplicated bereavement. J Clin Psychiatry. 1993 Oct; 54(10):365-72. PMID: 8262878.
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      12. Zisook S, Shuchter S, Sledge P, Mulvihill M. Aging and bereavement. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 1993 Jul-Sep; 6(3):137-43. PMID: 8397757.
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      13. Zisook S, Shuchter S. Early psychological reaction to the stress of widowhood. Psychiatry. 1991 Nov; 54(4):320-33. PMID: 1788363.
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      14. Zisook S, Shuchter S. Depression through the first year after the death of a spouse. Am J Psychiatry. 1991 Oct; 148(10):1346-52. PMID: 1897615.
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      15. Zisook S, Schneider D, Shuchter S. Anxiety and bereavement. Psychiatr Med. 1990; 8(2):83-96. PMID: 2185504.
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      16. Zisook S, Mulvihill M, Shuchter S. Widowhood and anxiety. Psychiatr Med. 1990; 8(4):99-116. PMID: 1982370.
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      17. Shuchter S, Zisook S. Widowhood. The continuing relationship with the dead spouse. Bull Menninger Clin. 1988 May; 52(3):269-79. PMID: 3382825.
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      18. Zisook S, Shuchter S, Lyons LE. Predictors of psychological reactions during the early stages of widowhood. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 1987 Sep; 10(3):355-68. PMID: 3684745.
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      19. Shuchter S, Zisook S, Kirkorowicz C, Risch C. The dexamethasone suppression test in acute grief. Am J Psychiatry. 1986 Jul; 143(7):879-81. PMID: 3717428.
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      20. Shuchter S, Zisook S. Group crisis intervention following the PSA crash. Psychiatr Med. 1986; 4(1):93-101. PMID: 3432574.
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      21. Zisook S, Shuchter S, Schuckit M. Factors in the persistence of unresolved grief among psychiatric outpatients. Psychosomatics. 1985 Jun; 26(6):497-9, 503. PMID: 4011815.
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      22. Zisook S, Shuchter S. Time course of spousal bereavement. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1985 Apr; 7(2):95-100. PMID: 3996909.
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      23. Jones OW, Penn NE, Shuchter S, Stafford CA, Richards T, Kernahan C, Gutierrez J, Cherkin P, Reinsch S, Dixson B. Parental response to mid-trimester therapeutic abortion following amniocentesis. Prenat Diagn. 1984 Jul-Aug; 4(4):249-56. PMID: 6483786.
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