Robert J. Neborsky, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Del Mar, California, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine as well as UCLA School of Medicine (Hon). He was a founding member on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. He served as guest editor of the Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. In 2003, Dr. Neborsky was honored by the UCLA School of Medicine clinical faculty association as the Distinguished Psychiatric Lecturer of the year for 2002.
Dr. Neborsky attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he won the Jacob Finesinger Award in Psychiatry. He served his residency at Emory University School of Medicine where he earned the Hope Skobba Memorial Award. He served in the United States Navy as Director of In-Patient Psychiatry at Balboa Naval Hospital. From there he joined the full-time faculty of UCSD School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in charge of emergency services and the medical student clerkship. He briefly served as the Director for all undergraduate education in psychiatry. Along with David Janowsky as co-author, he published significant research on the treatment of acute psychosis with high-dose/low-dose haloperidol, and wrote articles on the combined use of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of depression In 2001, he co-authored Short-Term Therapy for Long Term Change (Norton) and is a contributing author in the 2003 book, Healing Trauma (Norton). In 2002 he was named Distinguished Psychiatry Lecturer of the Year by the UCLA Clinical Faculty Association. In 2011 along with Josette ten Have de Labije he authored Roadmap to the Unconscious: Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Karnac Books In 2013 he published Predicting Attachment Status from Observation of a Clinical Intensive Psychotherapy Interview which was nominated for Progress in Psychology as one of the top articles of that year. In 2016 in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment he co-authored, “The use of the Psychiatric Electroencephalography Evaluation Registry PEER to personalize pharmacotherapy”. In May 2017 the publication of the Polish translation of Roadmap to the Unconscious: Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy was released. In December 2017 the expanded edition of The Collected Writings of Robert J. Neborsky, MD was released.
Dr. Neborsky’s professional activities include training students in the techniques of his unique Attachment-Based variety of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP), presenting at local, national and international symposia. He is actively researching the interface between attachment theory, neuroscience, and psychotherapy along with his on- going research interests in pharmacotherapy of depression. Personally, he is an avid recreational golfer and devoted grandfather to his 3 grandchildren.