Dr. Richard Shadick

Licensed Psychologist - Psychotherapy, Testing

Have you suffered a loss from a divorce? Lost a loved one in unexpected or traumatic circumstances or perhaps to suicide? These are some areas of my expertise but I have broad experience in many areas. Please read on to learn more about the work I do. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or visit the links to the left to learn about my clinical and research work.

I work with teens,  adults, and families. I have particular expertise in those who have experienced divorce, survivors of trauma, and those who have lost loved ones to suicide. I also work extensively with college students with such issues as academic performance, identity, and substance use. I am certified with American Association of Suicidology as s suicide prevention specialist. 

With my clients I create a safe and supportive environment and find that clients are better able to openly explore their feelings in that way. I strive to understand the concerns my clients come to me with and to empower them to effect change in their lives.

I practice therapy primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, which means that I believe one's previous relationships and experiences have an influence on one's present problems. By exploring both the past and the present, clients are better able to develop relationships and make changes in their lives. I also work from a cognitive-behavioral approach when there are specific problems that need to be worked on in a brief period of time.

What can you expect in a first meeting? You will get an opportunity to talk about the concerns you are experiencing as well as the history of your problem. We will also talk about your broader life so that I may understand who you are as a person. At the end of the meeting you will be able to ask questions and hear my ideas about how to develop solutions for your concerns.


Office Location:

242 East 19th Street (between 2nd and 3rd)

New York NY 10003



Overburdened Mental-Health Counselors Look After Students. But Who Looks After the Counselors?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 19, 2019
The importance of taking a community approach is discussed by Dr. Shadick in this article.

World Suicide Prevention Day: 47,000 lives lost each year to suicide in the US
China Global Television Network, September 10, 2019
Dr. Shadick discussed the importance of treatment to prevent suicide.

Is '13 Reasons Why' Really as Dangerous as People Say? It's Complicated

Vice Magazine, May 7, 2019
Dr. Shadick remarks on recent research regarding the impact ‘13 Reasons Why’ had on suicide behavior.

Think about the best treatment for depression

The Guam Daily Post, October 10, 2018
Treatment options for depression are addressed and Dr. Shadick comments on some of them.

Depression and Despair Mistreated
The Pacific Daily News, October 27, 2014
Dr. Shadick discusses the benefits of various forms of treatment for depression.

Mental Health & Wellness on Campus
Clinton Foundation and Jed Foundation Livestream Town Hall hosted by Facebook, April 1, 2014

This Town Hall hosted mental health experts to discuss serious issues with students, including the prevalence, challenges, stereotypes, and dangers of prescription drug misuse, self-harm, and suicide on campus. 

Shooter's history renews debate between mental issues, gun crimes
The Washington Times, September 18, 2013
Dr. Shadick comments on the need for improved funding for individuals who suffer from mental illness.

College Week: Getting Wasted
Huffington Post, April 24, 2013
In a live panel interview, Dr. Shadick discusses college student use of alcohol and marijuana and the impact it has on student functioning.

"Not on scale of 9/11, but anxiety, sorrow, memories to linger"
The Portland Register, April 17, 2013
Dr. Shadick parallels the healing process of the Boston bombing with 9/11 and its associated factors.

"Heartbroken Newtown community seeks answers from leaders: Mental health a primary concern"
The Washington Times, December 14, 2012
Dr. Shadick discusses mental health issues in relation to mass murders.

Experts: Give kids a chance to talk about Conn. Tragedy
The Journal News, December 15, 2012
Dr. Shadick discusses talking to children about tragedy and fear.

Sandy Hook Tragedy: Trying to Explain the Unimaginable
The Educated Reporter, December 14, 2012
Dr. Shadick provides guidance on helping children deal with tragedy and trauma.

20 Children Dead in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
The College Reporter, December 14, 2012
Dr. Shadick discusses the danger of stigmatizing all people with mental illness because of the actions of a few.

"Culture Clash"
Esperanza Magazine, Summer 2012
Dr. Shadick discusses the importance of considering cultural identity in help-seeking.

"The Path to Normalcy"
Calendonian Record, March 31, 2012
Dr. Shadick speaks about how a community recovers from a horrific crime.

"Plan to Refresh Resolutions"
Investors Business Daily, February 17, 2012
Dr. Shadick gives advice on keeping New Year's Resolutions.

Prevention Magazine and MSN online December 2011: “8 Ways to Beat the Holiday"
Dr. Shadick shares tips on weathering the holidays

"Easing Your Teens School Related Anxiety."
Carolina Parent, appearing in NY Parenting, August 1, 2011
Dr. Shadick discusses teen stress related to returning to school.

"5 Questions Doctors Ask When Screening for Depression"
Everyday Health, June 22, 2011
Dr. Shadick discusses processes involved in diagnosing depression.

"Mental health professionals analyze murder-suicide cases that claim eight lives in San Diego area in a little more than one week, including four children."
San Diego Union-Tribune, June 7, 2011
Dr. Shadick discusses the warning signs of suicide.

"Doctors confront burst of mental health problems after disasters."
American Medical News, June 6, 2011
Dr. Shadick discusses the need for caution when dealing with medication in relation to the treatment of trauma.

"Why Are So Many Gay Teens Depressed?"
Everyday Health, May 25, 2011
Dr. Shadick discusses some warning signs of suicide.

"College mental health screenings go high-tech"
The Associated Press, appearing in hundreds of newspapers and websites around the country including ABC News, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post, May 2011
Dr. Shadick discusses outreach methods to students related to the prevention of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

"Working around depression: When stress on the job saps your mental health, it’s time for a new business model"
Esperanza, Winter 2011 Issue
Dr. Shadick discusses the impact of depression on workplace performance.

"The Five Stages of Public Grieving: Tucson shooting and other national tragedies"
Forbes, January 14, 2011
Dr. Shadick discusses the greiving process as it pertains to dealing with a national tragedy.

"What Not to Say to a Depressed Mate"
Lifescript, November 21, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses what to say to a friend who is depressed.

"11 Simple Tips to Chase the Blues"
Lifescript, October 2, 2010.
Dr. Shadick discusses tips to deal with depression.

"Salud mental recibe apoyo" (Supported Mental Health)
La Opinión, September 9, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses the impact of the recession on the mental health of students.

"New York finally sees progress at Ground Zero Site."
Reuters, September 9, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses the importance of a physical memorial in a sacred place to help individuals in the grieving process.

"Cyberbullying and Kids' Safety"
Everyday Health, August 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses the seriousness of cyber bullying.

"Spotting the Signs of Emotional Abuse"
Everyday Health, August 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses signs of emotional abuse and how to seek help.

"Summer Love...Don't Get Burned"
Student Health 101, August 2010
Dr. Shadick offers a few tips on how to keep your romance alive if separated from your partner during the summer months.

"Having A Bad Mel Day"
Forbes.com, July 19, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses instances in which anger is used in a constructive manner.

"Those moving-on movies"
Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses the emotions triggered when children leave their homes for college.

"Spotting Trouble"
City Limits Magazine, July 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses ways to identify and help at risk youth.

"The Best Natural Treatments for Depression"
BodySense Blog, June 27, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses natural remedies for depression.

“Workplace suicides in the U.S. on the rise”
MSNBC, June 1, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses warning sides of suicidality and what to do if you or a friend is suicidal.

"On-the-job suicides in the U.S. on the rise."
Catholic Online, June 1, 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses warning sides of suicidality and what to do if you or a friend is suicidal.

"What should a parent do if their child is being bullied by someone or is witnessing it?"
Ladies' Home Journal, June 2010
Dr. Shadick advises parents about what to do when your child is being repeatedly bullied.

"Does Having Low Self-Esteem Put Teen Girls At Risk For Pregnancy?"
MTV's Insider Blog for 16 and Pregnant, April 22, 2010
Dr. Shadick offers expert insight into teen relationships and self-esteem.

"75: the percentage of college-age males who are drunk every day on Spring Break"
Better Homes & Gardens, March 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses how to use the harm reduction method in relation to drinking.

"11 Simple Tips to Chase the Blues"
Lifescript, March 22, 2010
Dr. Shadick shares ways to prevent and manage depression

"Study Youth now have more mental health issues"
Associated Press & WCBS, February 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses how recent study on increasing pathology in college students may not accurately assess the trend.

"Is Depression Contagious?"
Achieve Solutions, February 2010
Dr. Shadick discusses the importance of coping mechanisms as agents against depression.

"19 Ways to Really Relax This Season."
Health Magazine, December 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses ways to relax during the holiday season.

"Trouble in Mind"
USARiseUp, November 2009
Dr. Richard Shadick discusses the mental health needs and differences among the different races.

"Especialistas dão dicas de como prevenir e tratar a depressão depois das férias."
UOL Ciência e Saúde, November 11, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses managing depression following vacation.

“DEBT: Clients in Trouble, Need New Tactics”
Journal of Financial Planning, September 2009
Dr. Shadick, discusses how financial planners can benefit from an examination of how therapists investigate and disarm individuals who keep their problems deeply under wraps.

"Life Saving Outreach"
Monitor on Psychology, September 8, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses Pace University Counseling Center's award of $364,000 over six years from SAMHSA to enhance the multicultural competence of the center specifically related to suicide prevention.

“Out of bounds: Teachers and coaches can often be so cool you forget they’re adults. But where do you draw the line?”
Teen Vogue, September 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses the descrease in formality between students and their coaches or teachers with the increasing use of online communication systems.

"Invisible Players"
By Galia Myron, Demo Dirt, July 31, 2009
Dr. Richard Shadick discusses the potential impact video games that fail to represent diverse sets of people may have on Latino individuals who play them.

"Sun and warm weather bring sadness and withdrawal for those with summer-onset depression"
NY Daily News, July 23, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses summer-onset depression.

"Overcoming Depression and Alcoholism"
Everyday Health, July 13, 2009
Dr. Richard Shadick discusses the dangers of self-treating depression by using alcohol

"DSM-IV: Depression Defined: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the mental health professional's go-to information source."
Everyday Health, July 13, 2009
Dr. Richard Shadick discusses Depression as it is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV.

"Foods That Fight Depression: People who live in Scandinavian and Asian countries have low rates of depression. Is it because of the foods they eat?"
Everyday Health, July 13, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses foods that fight depression.

"The Entitled Adolescent"
Parenting Teens: Resource Network,  May 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses the correlation between an indulgent or permissive parenting style and entitled adolescents.

"Stress a Terrible Enemy"
Univision.com, May 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses the physical and mental symptoms of stress.

"Economic Woes Increases Vulnerability"
Vancouver Sun, March 4, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses resilience and anxiety related to the economy.
Quotation appeared in numerous Canwest Publishing outlets including: The Edmonton Journal, The Toronto Sun and the Montreal Gazette among others.

"Economic crisis pushing more people to the brink."
San Diego Union Tribune, March 3, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses trends related to suicide and difficult economic times.

"Time for Bed"
The Times Higher Education Supplement, February 5, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses the relationship of academic performance to the amount of sleep students get.

"Stress Test"
Financial Times, January 2, 2009
Dr. Shadick discusses men's difficulty in accessing health services.

"Hard times spawn suicides in Durham: Durham officials link the poor economy to 'alarming' seven suicides since Nov. 1"
The News & Observer, December 13, 2008
Shadick discusses historical tendencies for suicide rate to increase during economic downturns.

"Mom upset teacher tied girl in slave lesson"
The Journal News, December 5, 2008
Dr. Shadick responds to the unconventional teaching methods used by a teacher when discussing slavery. Shadick asserts that the emotional and historical impact such demonstrations may have on a student should preclude those types of demonstrations from being used in the classroom.

"How to Survive Your Relatives at the Holidays"
Mens Health, December 2008
Dr. Shadick provides advice on how to get along with difficult members during the holidays.

"Internet Culture Role in Teen Suicide Online"
E-commerce, times.com, November 25, 2008
A teen recorded his suicide online and people watched. Dr. Shadick addresses the many questions that arise, including: is this tragedy something specific to how the Internet has permeated our lives?  Has the Internet become a form of “reality TV” -- desensitizing us from the true impact of our actions as they manifest themselves on-line.

"Students in college learn mental illness is not the end."
San Antonio Express-News, November 15, 2008
Dr. Shadick discusses mental illness and the achievement of academic goals.

"A Boomer Crisis? Report says Baby Boomer suicide rate is up, especially among white women."
www.demodirt.com, On-Line Magazine, November 7, 2008
Dr. Shadick discusses potential social, emotional and economic stressors in Baby Boomer women that may factor into the rising suicide rate among this population.

"The trouble with bullies: bullying can leave lasting scars. What should you do when you see a bully?"
Junior Scholastic Magazine-October 14, 2008
Dr. Shadick discusses the psychological and physical damage that bullying inflicts on its victims.

"Experts: Post-storm stress is normal"
The Daily News, Galveston County-October 1, 2008
Dr. Shadick discusses typical emotional reactions to hurricanes.

"Police reticence to report suicide victims' names raises thorny issue"
Journal Inquirer-August 19, 2008.
Dr. Shadick discusses the importance of police having training on working with the media around suicide disclosures.

“Sweet Send Offs: send your kids off to college with hugs, and avoid those going away fights”
Better Homes and Gardens—August 2008
Dr. Shadick discusses how to make parting less painful as students leave home for college.

“Breaking Through Anxiety Disorders”
Continental Inflight Magazine for Continental Airlines-July 2008
Dr. Shadick discusses how to make parting less painful as students leave home for college.

Sidewalks become expressions of grief for Heath Ledger
AM New York, Newsday, Sun-Sentinel, Greenwich Time, January 24, 2008
Dr. Shadick comments on the outward display of public grief in New York City from 9/11 (and before) to the death of Heath Ledger.

“My Boyfriend Died”
Cosmopolitan – January 2008
Dr. Shadick offers guidance on how to help friends deal with their grief.

“Great Expectations: That special time can pose stress on family dynamics”
Canvas magazine (Long Island), December 2007
Dr. Shadick discusses the best methods to heal family rifts that may arise over the holidays.

“On the sidelines of a downward spiral”
MSNBC.com  – November 28, 2007
Dr. Shadick discusses what to do if you suspect a friend or family member may need mental health help.

“Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders”
Therapy Times – September 2007
Dr. Shadick discusses how therapists must deal with their patients' emotional needs, in addition to their physical recovery.

“Coverage of Cho may renew stigma of mental illness, experts say”
The Roanoke Times – August 26, 2007
Dr. Shadick addresses the stigma in the U.S. about mental health treatment and whether fewer people will seek treatment in the aftermath of publicity about Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech shooter), which has linked violence and mental illness.

“Va Tech: The Aftermath: Body's natural response is to fight for survival Also, facing danger, people look to others for cues, psychologists say”
York Sunday News (PA), April 22, 2007
Dr. Shadick addresses the issue of how, when faced with danger, a number of factors, including the body's natural fight-or-flight response and the actions of others, determine how a person reacts.

“In-Laws Bearing Gifts”
Wall Street Journal- April 15, 2007
Dr. Shadick addresses the issue of how to communicate with family members about difficult financial issues.

“Examining college depression”
Michigan Daily -May 21, 2007
Dr. Shadick comments on the incidence of suicidal ideation and attempts in a nationwide study of college students

“Is School Too Much for Students?; Montgomery Suicides Lead Educators to Ask Why Adolescents Feel Overwhelmed”
Washington Post-  May 1, 2006
Dr. Shadick discusses suicide prevention strategies for teens.

“Dirty little secret: Disaster laid bare the prevalence of poverty in America”
San Diego Union-Tribune September 18, 2005
Dr. Shadick discusses how diverse populations cope with disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

“Post-traumatic stress a problem for soldiers”
Ocala News-September 13, 2005
Discusses identifying the importance of providing appropriate levels of support for soldiers in the prevention of PTSD.

“Killing Makes a City Re-examine Itself”
New York Times- July 24, 2005
Dr. Shadick comments on the persistence of anxiety in White Plains after a murder.

“A new low for Post: Blasted for running suicide shot on cover"
New York Daily News- March 11, 2004
Dr. Shadick identifies the importance of responsible coverage of suicide deaths in the media.

Media Contacts-Radio and Television

WABC-TV April 19, 2007 – Virginia Tech tragedy and school safety- Dr. Richard Shadick interviewed on TV about mental illness and promoting school safety with college students

CSPAN2-Aftershock 9/11-5th anniversary conference- Panel discussion with Dr. Shadick and key public policy interests on “The Victims' Families and Their Influence on Public Policy “

Gotham Gazette September 11, 2002, A Conversation With Dr. Joan Hardin and Dr. Richard Shadick-online radio interview on coping with 9/11