Dr. Richard Metzner was born in Los Angeles. After receiving his medical degree from Johns Hopkins in 1967, he completed his psychiatry residency at Stanford University Medical Center in 1971.
His early interest in media technology led him to start producing educational videos during his residency at Stanford and for the next two years at NIMH. After joining our department at UCLA in 1973, he created and directed the Audiovisual Education Project at the Brentwood VA Hospital. There he recorded hundreds of hours of clinical interviews, which he has given to the PCFA Online Digital Psychopathology Library.
At the conclusion of the project, he began devoting himself to the voluntary clinical faculty and to full-time private practice. He joined the PCFA board in 1996 and has served on the board and the executive committee since then. He became president of PCFA in 2001. He is the only member awarded both a career achievement award and the Melvin Mandel Distinguished Service award.