Richard M. Waugaman


SOM Clinician Track -- Professor
Training & Supervising Analyst, Emeritus, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute


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Richard M. Waugaman majored in Philosophy and received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1970. His M.D. was from Duke University School of Medicine in 1973. He did his psychiatric residency at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Towson, MD from 1973-76. He graduated from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in 1984, and has taught in the Institute since then. He was appointed a Training & Supervising Analyst at the Institute in 1989. Since 2001, he has been a Training & Supervising Analyst, Emeritus.

His publications began in 1973 with an article on Nietzsche's influence on Freud. His subsequent publications in psychiatry and psychoanalysis have ranged over a variety of topics, including psychoanalytic education, clinical psychoanalysis, professional ethics, religion, dissociative disorders, transferences to fellow patients, time, the analytic couch, countertransference, dreams, and the meaning of names.

Since 2002, most of his publications have shifted to English literature and the Shakespeare authorship question. The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, was the first prominent intellectual to endorse the theory that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604) was the true author of Shakespeare's canon. Waugaman's research has led him to publish articles attributing several anonymous works to de Vere/Shakespeare. Another area of interest is Biblical allusions in the works of Shakespeare.

In 2012, Georgetown named Waugaman one of its faculty experts on Shakespeare for media contacts. He wrote two-thirds of the (incomplete) online list of the Georgetown faculty's most recent 50 publications on Shakespeare.


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  • M.D. (1973) Duke University School of Medicine,
  • A.B. (1970) Princeton University, Philosophy


  • French (speak, read, write)