Saul Levine, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
University of California, San Diego
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 200
San Diego, CA  92122
Tel:  (858) 334-4646
Fax: (858) 334-4643

Born in Montreal, Quebec Canada. Educated at McGill University (BSc, MD, CM). Residency in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School (Chief Fellow, Instructor). Faculty, University of Toronto, 1970-1993. Professor, Chairman of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Science Center, Toronto. Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), 1993-Present. Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital, San Diego, 1993-Present. Medical Director of UCSD-CAPS Inpatient Hospital 1995-Present. Chair, Human Growth and Development Course for 1st Year Medical Students at UCSD, 1995-Present.

Research Focus
Adolescence; Belief Systems; Cults; Gangs; Intense Ideological Groups; Resilience; Life Cycle Issues (Vagaries, Variegations, Variations, and Vicissitudes). Associate Director of CASRC (Child and Adolescent Services Research Center) NIMH Research Center (PI: John Landsverk, Ph.D.). 

Clinical Focus
Individual Psychotherapy, all ages (Psychological, Psychiatric, Substance Abuse Disorders, etc.) Couple and Family Therapy; Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness; Consultations; Second Opinions.

Selected Publications

  • Book: Radical Departures: Desperate Detours to Growing Up. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, California, August 1984. (i) Abstracted in Proceedings of the World Congress of Social psychiatry, Osaka, Japan, September 1983. (ii) Excerpted in Psychology Today, pp 20-27, August 1984. (iii) Excerpted in Sociology 1985-86. (iv) Excerpted in Human Development 1985-86. (v) Excerpted in Personal Growth and Behavior 1985-96.
  • Book: Phoenix From the Ashes: Rebuilding Shattered Lives, Key Porter Books, 1992.
  • “Youth in Terroristic Groups, Gangs and Cults: The Allure, The Animus, and the Alienation,” in Psychiatric Annals, Vol. 29:6, pp 342-349, 1999.
  • “The Tao and Talmud of Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Being Belonging, Believing, Benevolence,” in Adolescent Psychiatry, The Annals of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, The Analytic Press, Vol. 25, pp 45-58, 2000.
  • Book: Against Terrible Odds: Lessons in Resilience From Our Children, Bull Publishing Company, 2002.


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