About

Bipolar therapist charlottesvilleProfessional Background

Russ Federman, Ph.D., ABPP is a Virginia licensed psychologist and Board Certified in Clinical Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He received his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia, West Georgia in 1974 and his Doctorate degree in clinical psychology from United States International University, San Diego in 1982 (now Alliant University).  He also engaged in three years of post-doctoral training through the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute (1986-89).

From the late 1970’s though the early 1990’s Dr. Federman was in private practice in San Diego, CA, mostly providing longer-term psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy.  In 1991 he was appointed Director of Mental Health Services at East Carolina University where he remained for nine years while also maintaining a small part-time private practice.  In 2000 Dr. Federman transitioned to the University of Virginia where he became Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  Dr. Federman has held positions of Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Schools of Medicine at both East Carolina University and the University of Virginia.  He has also had long tenures on the Editorial Boards for both the Journal of College Counseling and the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

Since 2010, Dr. Federman has authored an on-going blog for Psychology Today e-magazine, titled – “Bipolar You”.  He is lead author of the 2010 book – “Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult’s Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder”(New Harbinger) and has contributed two chapters to the 2012 book: “Living Well with Bipolar Disorder” (International Bipolar Foundation).   His 2011 journal article – “Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in the University Student Population” has won two national writing awards.

Dr. Federman retired from University Counseling Center administration in 2013 when he came full circle and returned to full-time private practice.  He also maintains an active role providing professional training and consultation in relation to issues involving bipolar disorder.

Dr. Federman has two grown children and currently lives in Charlottesville, VA with his wife and three furry felines.