Richard S. Schwartz, MD

Richard S. Schwartz, MD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-Time


At McLean, Richard S. Schwartz, MD, focuses on the education of psychiatric residents as teacher, supervisor and mentor and senior consultant for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He is co-director of the Program in Psychodynamics, offering more intensive and advanced training in psychotherapy to residents. Dr. Schwartz has received multiple awards for his teaching. He serves as an associate professor of psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School and on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Psychodynamic Couple and Family Institute of New England.

Particular areas of interest are issues surrounding social isolation, loneliness, social connection, and lasting marriage. With his wife, Jacqueline Olds, MD, he has co-authored three books for general audiences on these subjects. Together, they have also developed and brought to market a wearable light tracker to improve the effectiveness of bright light therapy in psychiatry.



Book cover - The Lonely American

The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century
by Jacqueline Olds, MD, and Richard S. Schwartz, MD
(Beacon Press, 2009)

Book cover - Marriage in Motion

Marriage in Motion: The Natural Ebb and Flow of Lasting Relationships
by Richard Schwartz, MD, and Jacqueline Olds, MD
(Perseus Books, 2000)

Book cover - Overcoming Loneliness

Overcoming Loneliness in Everyday Life
by Jacqueline Olds, MD, Richard S. Schwartz, MD, and Harriet Webster
(Birch Lane Press, 1996)

Education & Training

  • 1970 AB in Chemistry and Physics, Harvard College
  • 1974 MD, Harvard Medical School
  • 1974-1975 Medical Internship, Mt. Auburn Hospital
  • 1975-1978 Residency in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
Board Certifications:
  • 1975 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1979 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 1990 Psychoanalysis, American Psychoanalytic Association