Charles Sophy

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Charles Joseph Sophy
Born Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Saint Joseph’s University (B.S.)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Occupation Psychiatrist
Known for Medical Director for the LA Dept of Children and Family Services

Charles Joseph Sophy (born on October 2, 1960), DO, is a Los Angeles based psychiatrist, and Medical Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. He is the author of Side By Side The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication,[1] and has appeared on several nationwide television broadcasts, radio broadcasts and numerous print and on-line publications.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Sophy was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to Charles Joseph Sophy and Renee Marie Joseph. He has one brother, Matthew Charles Sophy. He is of Lebanese descent.

Sophy attended high school at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, PA and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1982. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1986, and completed his internship and family practice residency at the Metropolitan Hospital/Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Norristown State Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[2] followed by a fellowship for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3]


Sophy is a licensed[4] Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Family Practice, Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.[5][6]

He serves as the Medical Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. On November 6, 2008 Zimmer Children's Museum presented him the Discovery Award for Leadership, Vision and Commitment to the Community. He is a member of the following organizations: American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American College of Neuropsychiatry, American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association, American College of Family Practitioners, and the California Osteopathic Medical Association.[7]

He published his book, Side By Side The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication, in 2010.[8][9][10][11]

He has appeared on national television for PBS in the show A Place of Our Own, and subsequently on other shows on several networks, including as Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,[12] Sober House, Today Show, Larry King Live, The Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360°, Headline News, Inside Edition, CBS Early Show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Flipping Out.

He is a child mental health expert on Videojug,[13] where he has addressed ADD and ADHD as well as other child mental health issues.[14]

Sophy has achieved some notoriety among tax practitioners for having brought suit in the United States Tax Court. In Sophy v. Commissioner, he and the co-owner of their two homes sued because the Internal Revenue Service had limited the amount of their deductible home mortgage interest expense. The case held that unmarried co-owners are limited to the same amount of deduction that a married couple would be, by establishing that the maximum allowable deduction is determined per residence, not per tax return.[15]

Elliot Rodger named Sophy as his psychiatrist in a typed 138-page manifesto sent to KEYT-TV and other media outlets prior to the 2014 Isla Vista killings.[16][17] Sophy was among about one dozen people who received a mailed copy of the manifesto from Rodger.[18] Sophy prescribed Risperidone to Rodger. He did not take the medication, writing that "After researching this medication, I found that it was the absolute wrong thing for me to take. I refused to take it, and I never saw Dr. Sophy again after that."[19][20]


  1. ^ "Side by Side: The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication". llc. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Charles J Sophy, DO". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hollywood psychiatrist sets author event at Fairlane". 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Osteopathic Medical Board of California - License # 20A6205
  5. ^ "Dr. Charles Sophy, HarperCollins Speaker". Harper Collins Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  6. ^ Dr. Charles Sophy. "Dr. Charles Sophy, DO - Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Family Practitioner - Beverly Hills, CA - Family Medicine". Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Professional History «". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  8. ^ Sophy, Charles. "Side by Side: The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication by Charles Sophy, Brown Kogen". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  9. ^ "Five Questions With Dr. Sophy". Canyon News. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  10. ^ "Dr. Charles Sophy". Psychology Today. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  11. ^ msnbbc 2/3/2010
  12. ^ Juzwiak, Rich (2008-10-31). "The Celebreality Interview – Dr. Charles Sophy – | VH1 Blog". Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  13. ^ "Dr. Charles Sophy - Featured User Profile". Videojug. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  14. ^ Charles Sophy (2007-05-15). "ADD And ADHD (Family & Education: Learning Disabilities)". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  15. ^ Sophy v. Commissioner, 138 T.C. No. 8 (March 5, 2012).
  16. ^ "Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, "My Twisted World" manifesto". Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  17. ^ "Isla Vista shooting suspect's videos reflect cold rage - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  18. ^ Medina, Jennifer (May 25, 2014). "Even in a State With Restrictive Laws, Gunman Amassed Weapons and Ammunition". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  19. ^ Jessica Firger (26 May 2014). "Mental illness in spotlight after UC Santa Barbara rampage". CBS News. 
  20. ^ "Mental Healthcare Interest Renewed After Santa Barbara Killings". Fashion Times. 26 May 2014. 

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