David A. Deitch, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Addiction Training Center
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0980
Phone #: 858-551-2949
FAX #: 858-534-3877
E-mail: ddeitch@ucsd.edu

DAVID A. DEITCH, Ph.D., a Clinical and Social Psychologist, is currently Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the Addiction Training Center. Dr. Deitch has 40 years experience in the development of drug abuse treatment systems for adolescents and adults, nationally and internationally. In the non-profit public health sector, he was Co-Founder of Daytop Village, Inc., and also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Phoenix House's Foundation. In the academic sector, he has had faculty appointments at Temple University, the University of Chicago, University of California at San Francisco, as well as serving as Chief of Substance Abuse Services for the University of California, San Francisco. In the government sector, he has served as Coordinator of Curriculum and Faculty for the United Nations East Central European Drug Abuse Treatment Training Project. He continues to consult to a variety of Departments of Corrections and Ministries of Justice and Health, in Latin America, South East and South Asia and Europe. Dr. Deitch served during the Johnson Administration as consultant to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, and the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. During the Carter Administration, he chaired the White House Task Force on Prevention. He chairs (1993 - current) the Curriculum Development Committee of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (see Technical Assistance Publication Series 21 - The Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice). He further serves as Advisory Board Member for the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse - Mentor Project. At UCSD, he serves on various Education Committees (Medical Electives, Allied Health) and is a member of the UCSD Health Sciences Academy of Clinical Scholars. He has numerous publications (and videos) in the field and is currently the Principal Investigator on three Federal grants.

Research Focus
Efforts in this domain have been primarily practice based approaches in therapeutic community treatment of addictions, and other outpatient methodologies. Also, addressed have been issues of addiction and criminality, impact of prison based therapeutic community on inmate behaviors and uniform service quality of life. Another category of study has been the development of specific competencies for treatment of addictive disorders.

Clinical Focus
Contribution to the innovation of therapeutic community treatment for adult and adolescent drug overusers; therapeutic community for spine and head injury as well as t.c. approaches with the aged. The direct teaching and education of professionals and paraprofessionals in the delivery of drug abuse treatment services across a full continuum of models throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Finally, direct consultation to individuals and families.

Selected Publications

  • Screening and Assessment Matrix in Substance Abusing Offenders: Correctional Treatment Assessment Consortium. D. Deitch,I.Koutsenok, M. Rivera. State ofCorrections2000 Proceedings, American Corrections Association Annual Conferences,Phoenix,AZand San Antonio, TX, CO 2001. (pp. 181-185)
  • Therapeutic Community Treatment in Prisons, D. Deitch,I.Koutsenok, S. Carleton. K. Marsolais, In: Leukefeld, C. (Ed.) Clinical and Policy Responses to Drug Offenders.New York: Springer, (in press).
  • Prison-Based Therapeutic Community Substance Abuse Treatment: Benefits for Correctional Personnel, D. Deitch, I. Koutzenok, A. Ruiz. Criminal Justice Policy Review, Special Thematic Edition on Alcohol, Drugs and Criminal Justice Policy. California: Sage Publications, (in press)
  • Video Support Program California Department of Corrections. Video IV: Why Therapeutic Community Treatment in California Prisons (18.05 min). Review of the research and supportive data that influence the California Legislature in identifying the Therapeutic Community Model. (1999)
  • Video Support Program California Department of Corrections. Video V: The Therapeutic Community-The Model (43.30 min). Elucidates the motivating and behavior change elements of Therapeutic Community training (1999)


University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: psychiatry@ucsd.edu