Richard Belitsky, MD

Harold W. Jockers Associate Professor of Medical Education and Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Deputy Dean for Education

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Office of Education: Medical Education Staff | Program for Biomedical Ethics

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Richard Belitsky, Harold W. Jockers Associate Professor of Medical Education and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, is noted for his work in medical education at both the undergraduate (medical student) and graduate (resident) levels.

Named the School of Medicine’s deputy dean for education in 2006, Dr. Belitsky is concerned with curriculum development, particularly with respect to the methods and challenges involved in teaching medical students in the areas of patient-centered medical interviewing, the biopsychosocial model, social history and counseling patients for behavior change. He is also interested in the development of professional identity in medical education. In addition, he is interested in the delivery of mental health services in prisons and jails, with particular attention to suicide in correctional facilities.

Belitsky holds a B.A. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and an M.D. from the University of Florida School of Medicine. He came to Yale in 1979 as a resident in psychiatry and continued on as a fellow in forensic psychiatry and chief resident/instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1983, when he also became unit chief of the Inpatient Services Division of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. He served as the director of the division 1988-1989. He was the medical director of the Yale Psychiatric Institute 1991-1997.

At the School of Medicine, Belitsky has served as the residency program director in the Department of Psychiatry 1996-2006. He became the deputy chair for education in 2001, serving in that role until he was promoted to deputy dean for education. He has earned numerous professional honors at Yale, including the Stephen Fleck M.D. Faculty Award as Exemplary Physician and Teacher, the Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize and the Francis Gilman Blake Award (for the member of the faculty at the School of Medicine designated by the senior class as the most outstanding teacher of the medical sciences) in both 1998 and 2000.

Education & Training

MD University of Florida (1977)
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Resident Yale University School of Medicine
Resident University of Virginia Medical Center

Honors & Recognition

  • Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching ResidentsThe American Psychiatric Association (2006)

  • Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize, Clinical Sciences (2002)

  • Francis Gilman Blake Award (2000)

  • Francis Gilman Blake Award (1998)

  • Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Excellence in Recognition of Outstanding and Sustained Contributions to Medical Student EducationThe American Psychiatric Association (1991)

  • Stephen Fleck M.D. Faculty AwardDepartment of Psychiatry (1988)

Professional Service

  • (2008 - Present) Advisory Committee on Library Policy

  • (2008 - Present) Continuing Medical Education Advisory Board

  • (2007 - Present) Bioethics Center Executive Committee

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Richard Belitsky, MD
Mailing Address
Office of EducationE.S. Harkness Bldg D
367 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06510