Charles Sophy

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Charles Sophy
Born Charles Joseph Sophy
(1960-10-02) October 2, 1960 (age 56)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Residence Los Angeles, California
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 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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[1] followed by a fellowship for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]


Sophy published his book, Side By Side The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication, in 2010.[3][4][5][6] He is a child mental health expert on Videojug,[7] where he has addressed ADD and ADHD as well as other child mental health issues.[8]

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.[9] However, this decision was later reversed and remanded by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which determined that home acquisition and equity debt limits do, in fact, apply on a per-taxpayer basis.[10] The Internal Revenue Service subsequently acquiesced to the Ninth Circuit's decision, meaning that this per-taxpayer interpretation now applies across the U.S.[11]

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.[12][13] Sophy was among about one dozen people who received a mailed copy of the manifesto from Rodger.[14] 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."[15][16]


  1. ^ "Charles J Sophy, DO". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hollywood psychiatrist sets author event at Fairlane". 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Sophy, Charles. "Side by Side: The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication by Charles Sophy, Brown Kogen". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Five Questions With Dr. Sophy". Canyon News. 2009-08-22. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Charles Sophy". Psychology Today. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  6. ^ msnbbc 2/3/2010
  7. ^ "Dr. Charles Sophy - Featured User Profile". Videojug. Archived from the original on 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  8. ^ Charles Sophy (2007-05-15). "ADD And ADHD (Family & Education: Learning Disabilities)". Archived from the original on 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  9. ^ Sophy v. Commissioner, 138 T.C. No. 8 (March 5, 2012).
  10. ^ Voss v. Commissioner, 796 F.3d 1051 (9th Cir. 2015).
  11. ^ "2016-31 I.R.B. 193". Internal Revenue Service. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  12. ^ "Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, "My Twisted World" manifesto". Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Isla Vista shooting suspect's videos reflect cold rage - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Jessica Firger (26 May 2014). "Mental illness in spotlight after UC Santa Barbara rampage". CBS News. 
  16. ^ "Mental Healthcare Interest Renewed After Santa Barbara Killings". Fashion Times. 26 May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. 

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