Richard A. Scarnati, DO

Richard Scarnati

Title: Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry
Company: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Richard A. Scarnati, DO, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in forensic psychiatry.

Amassing nearly 40 years of professional experience in the fields of forensic science and psychiatry, Dr. Scarnati has been serving as a psychiatrist at Southeast, Inc., since 2018, as well as a clinical professor of psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine with Ohio University since 2009. Prior to these appointments, he acted as a forensic psychiatrist at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare from 2013 to 2018, psychiatrist at North Central Mental Health Services from 1992 to 2013, and prison and forensic psychiatrist at the Ohio Department of Mental Health in the Lebanon and Warren Correctional Institutions from 1985 to 1991. The former president of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the late 1980s, he also upheld the role of psychiatrist for such institutions as the Harrisburg Institute of Psychiatry, the VA Hospital in Hampton, VA, and the Monroe Center for Mental Health.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Scarnati also served as a clinical assistant and associate professor in psychiatry at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, as well as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Ohio State University, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Cincinnati, among others. He has also been a frequent presenter in his field on television and radio due to his breadth of knowledge and vast array of expertise. Dr. Scarnati has further been the author of several books, including “God’s Light,” “Soul Explosion,” and “Soul Explosion, Second Edition.”

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Scarnati pursued a formal education at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy in 1966. He subsequently attended California State University, Los Angeles, and received a Master of Arts in health and safety in 1969. Soon thereafter, he obtained a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in 1976. Dr. Scarnati completed his residency in psychiatry at both the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine between 1976 and 1979. He has since been licensed to practice medicine in Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Texas, Pennsylvania and California. Furthermore, he has been certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has a subspecialty certification in forensic psychiatry.

In an effort to remain abreast of changes within his industry, Dr. Scarnati maintains affiliation with numerous organizations in relation to his area of expertise, including the Psychiatric Society of Central Ohio, where he served as the former president from 2007 to 2008, and the American Psychiatric Association, where he is a distinguished lifetime fellow. He additionally associates with the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Neuropsychiatrists, the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association, and the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Scarnati is also heavily involved in a number of civic societies, including Amnesty International, the Sierra Club, the American Legion and the National Writers Union, among others.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to health care, Dr. Scarnati has accrued a number of honors and accolades during his impressive career. The winner of the Leading Physicians of the World Medical Science Award from the World Psychiatric Association since 2011, he has also been named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by the Consumer Research Council of America since 2007. In addition, the World Psychiatric Association presented him with the America’s Top Psychiatrists Award and the Man of the Year Award in 2010, and he has been honored with several Outstanding Services Awards from the North Central Mental Health Services between 1993 and 2000.

An accomplished author, Dr. Scarnati has further accrued numerous awards in recognition of his poetry and prose, including the Soul Explosion Award in 2013, the Best Poets and Poems Award from the World Poetry Movement in 2012, and the International Book Award in 2012. A semi-finalist in the International Open Poetry Contest in 2012, he was also a finalist for the Best Books Award by USA Book News in 2011. Notably, he has won 10 awards for his book “Soul Explosion,” as well as 27 awards for his book “God’s Light.”

Attributing his success to the wholesome power of Jesus Christ, Dr. Scarnati dedicates his life to serving others, believing that “because we are created from the light of God, we are expected to reflect the light of God in everything we do.” Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he enjoys weightlifting, hiking, traveling, playing billiards and writing in his spare time. Notably, he has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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