Judith Orloff

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Judith Orloff
Born (1951-06-25) June 25, 1951 (age 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Education University of Southern California
Wadsworth Veteran's Hospital
Occupation Psychiatrist, writer, motivational speaker
Title Psychiatrist

Judith Orloff (born June 25, 1951)[1] is an American board-certified psychiatrist and is the author of four books.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Orloff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of Theodore and Maxine, both physicians.[1] She grew up in Beverly Hills, where she claims to have had psychic premonitions, foreseeing illnesses, deaths, and earthquakes.[2] Her family includes many physicians.[3] Orloff received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Southern California in 1979.[1] She completed a medical internship at Wadsworth Veteran's Hospital in Los Angeles in 1980,[citation needed] and held a psychiatric residency at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute from 1979 to 1983.[1]


Orloff held staff positions at hospitals in the Los Angeles area (Cedars Sinai Medical Center, St Johns Medical Center, the Daniel Freeman Hospital,[1] and Brotman Medical Center[citation needed]). She opened a private practice in Los Angeles in 1983.[1]She has taken part in psychical research projects with Thelma Moss, Mobius Group[4] and the Institute of Noetic Sciences,[1][5] and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Southern California Psychiatric Society.[1] Orloff is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, and leads workshops on the relationships between medicine, intuition, and spirituality.[6]

Orloff published her first book, Second Sight, in 1996. The Publishers Weekly review said "Orloff's unconventional attempt to bridge the worlds of Freud and the paranormal will appeal to open-minded readers."[2] In her book, Orloff claims to have second sight, and uses the term energy psychiatry to describe her novel psychotherapy model. She also claims to have worked with police departments using her psychic abilities.[2] In 2001, Second Sight was named in testimony before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging as an example of "irresponsible unscientific work".[7] An updated edition was published by Three Rivers Press in 2010 with a revised subtitle: An intuitive psychiatrist tells her extraordinary story and shows you how to tap your inner wisdom.Orloff has written three more books; her 2009 Emotional Freedom is a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into 15 languages.[citation needed]

Orloff has spoken at medical schools, hospitals, the American Psychiatric Association, Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit; and at alternative and traditional health forums such as National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Los Angeles, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Medical Center in New York, the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program in Los Angeles, and the Maria Shriver's First Lady's Women's Conference also in Los Angeles.[citation needed] Orloff has contributed videos and articles to television psychic John Edward's website John Edward Presents Infinite Quest,[8] and she has a regular blog on The Huffington Post.[9]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Orloff, Judith 1951–". Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. Gale Cengage – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). January 1, 2006. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nonfiction Review: Second Sight: The Personal Story of a Psychiatrist Clairvoyant by Judith Orloff". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz. June 3, 1996. 
  3. ^ Pickett, Debra (June 20, 2004). "Sunday Lunch with Judith Orloff". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  4. ^ Weinstein, Edie. "Second Sight: An Interview with Dr. Judith Orloff". Wisdom Magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Judith Orloff, MD". Institute of Noetic Sciences. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  6. ^ USA Today, A Better Life Section: "Health, Education, and Science" by Marilyn Elias, Pg. 6D April 12, 2004
  7. ^ Timothy N. Gorski, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. (1991), A Written Response to the Statement of the Honorable Dan Burton (R-IN), Chairman, House Committee on Government Reform, Hearing on Swindlers, Hucksters and Snake Oil Salesmen: The Hype and Hope of Marketing Anti-Aging Products to Seniors, September 10, 2001, United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, pp. 586–591, Dr. Ornish has enthusiastically endorsed many irresponsible unscientific works by others including Larry Dossey's Healing Words, and psychic Judith Orloff's Second Sight. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Judith Orloff: Intuitive Psychiatrist". John Edward Presents Infinite Quest. InfiniteQuest. Archived from the original on August 31, 2010.  ()
  9. ^ "Judith Orloff MD". The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com. 

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