John Hochman

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John Hochman, MD
Born 1946
United States
Residence California, United States
Nationality American
Fields Forensic Psychiatry
Institutions Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA
Alma mater NYU School of Medicine
Notable awards John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies, 1990

John Ira Hochman (born 1946) is an American forensic psychiatrist and surgeon who has written about the psychology of "cults", abuse and false memory syndrome.[1]



Hochman has been practicing medicine since 1970.[2] Hochman is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA.[3] He has testified in over 100 depositions, and 90 trials and arbitration since 1980.[4] Hochman analyzed Mark Fuhrman, one of the detectives involved in the O. J. Simpson murder case.[3][5] He was hired by the Los Angeles Police Department to interview Fuhrman in 1981, and the defense later filed his report in the Simpson case.[6] Hochman had concluded that Fuhrman may have been trying to exaggerate his problems in order to qualify for a disability pension.[7]

Hochman was also consulted during a 2004 lawsuit involving Michael Jackson, and assisted the defense during the case.[8] In a different case in 2006, Hochman examined Heather Tallchief, an armored car thief, and determined that she had been subjected to undue influence from Roberto Solis, after Tallchief claimed she had been brainwashed.[9]

Hochman has been quoted in the media as an expert on cults.[10][11] When asked why there is a prevalence of cults in California, he responded: "If you're going have a cult you might as well come where the weather's nice."[10] After a mass suicide incident, Hochman was interviewed by CNN on the inherent characteristics of a cult leader.[11]

Professional affiliations[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • "A Forensic Psychiatrist Evaluates ESP", February 2003, John Hochman, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles
  • "Recovered Memory Therapy And False Memory Syndrome", Skeptic vol. 2, no. 3, 1994, pp. 58–61.
  • Review, "Leaders and Followers: A Psychiatric Perspective on Religious Cults", Formulated by the Committee on Psychiatry and Religion, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. Report No. 132. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, DC, 1992, 70 pages., Reviewer: John Hochman, M.D.
  • "Miracle, Mystery and Authority: The Triangle of Cult Indoctrination", Psychiatric Annals, April 1990

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Argument against recovered memory therapy
  2. ^ Dr. John I. Hochman, Health Grades
  3. ^ a b Cannon, Lou (1997). Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD. Westview Press. p. 552. ISBN 0-8133-3725-9. 
  4. ^ Expert Witness John Hochman, ALM Experts, Corporate Counsel digital edition.
  5. ^ Friedrichsmeyer, E.S.; Tom Lange (1997). Evidence Dismissed: A Critical Commentary. Simon & Schuster. pp. 319, 333. ISBN 0-671-00960-5. 
  6. ^ Meier, Barry (August 24, 1994). "Simpson Lawyers Tell Court They Were Misled on Samples". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). 
  7. ^ Butterfield, Fox (March 2, 1996). "Behind the Badge: A Special Report: A Portrait of the Detective in the 'O. J. Whirlpool'". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). 
  8. ^ Hobbs, Dawn (November 30, 2004). "Defense loses bid to conduct mental testing of accuser, family Accuser's psychological records can be supoenaed". Santa Barbara News-Press (Ampersand Publishing, LLC). 
  9. ^ Lisa, Kim Bach (March 1, 2006). "Federal prosecutors get continuation in heist sentencing: Woman pleaded guilty after 12 years on run". Las Vegas Review Journal (Stephens Media). 
  10. ^ a b McDermott, Anne (April 1, 1997). "What draws cults to California? The weather, of course!". CNN (Time Warner). 
  11. ^ a b Hinman, Al (March 27, 1997). "Mass suicides raise the question: Why? Experts point to vulnerable followers, strong leaders". CNN (Time Warner). 
  12. ^ FMSF Advisory Board, Profile, John Hochman, MD.
  13. ^ 2004 Conference, Understanding Cults, New Religious Movements, and Other Groups, Atlanta, Georgia.
    Dr. Eichel is a Co-Founder of RETIRN (Philadelphia, PA) and was a 1990 recipient of the John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies.
  14. ^ Dr. Steve, Steve Eichel website.

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