Richard Bloch, PhD

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
4E-65A Brody Building
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27834

Phone: 252-744-3324
Fax: 252-744-3815

Faculty Rank: Professor
Administrative Role: Director of Research


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1972)
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1970)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1966)

Research Interests

Evidence-based medicine; Telemedicine applications for psychiatric disorders, CAM treatments for mental disorders, and the role of anxiety in risk of, and response to, chronic illness.

Recent Publications

Hazelton, A. G., Bloch, R., & Saeed, S. A. (2015). Research Issues and Clinical Implications of Exercise Effects in the Treatment of Depressive and Anxiety Disorders. Diet and Exercise in Cognitive Function and Neurological Diseases. (pp. 295-307). Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Saeed, S. A., Bloch, R. M., & Silver, S. (2015).  Role of Leadership in Narrowing the Gap between Science and Practice: Improving Treatment Outcomes at the Systems Level.   Psychiatric Quarterly, 86(3):311-23.

Meggs, W. J., Bloch, R. M., & Brewer, K. L. (2013). The Brain as a Target Organ for Allergic and Irritant Sensitivity: A Review and Suggestions for Research. In William Meggs (Ed.), The Toxicant Induction of Irritant Asthma, Rhinitis, and Related Conditions 2013, pp 231-246 (pp. 15). Springer US.  

Saeed, S.A. & Bloch, R.M. (2012) Top research findings: Six treatment studies that can change clinical practice.  Psychiatric Times, 29(9); 10-11.

Saeed, S.A, Bloch, R.M., Diamond, J.M. (2012) Telepsychiatry: Overcoming barriers to implementation.  Current Psychiatry, 11(12); 28-31. 

Saeed, S. A., Diamond, J., & Bloch, R. M. (2011) Use of Telepsychiatry to Improve Care for People With Mental Illness in Rural North Carolina.  NC Med Journal, 72 (3); 219-222.

Kitten, S., Gupta, N., Bloch, R.M., Dunham, C.K. Voltage Gated Potassium Channel Antibody Associated Mood Disorder without Paraneoplastic Disease. Biological Psychiatry 2011: 70(4); e15-e7.

Antonacci, D.J., Davis, E., Bloch, R.M., Manuel, C., & Saeed, S.A. CAM for your Anxious Patient: What the Evidence Says. Current Psychiatry, 2010: 9(10); 43-52.

Diamond, John M., Bloch, Richard M. Telepsychiatry Assessments of Child or Adolescent Behavior Disorders: A Review of Evidence and Issues, Telemedicine and e-Health, 2010: 16(6); 712-716.

Saeed, S.A., Antonacci, D.J., & Bloch, R.M. Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, American Family Physician, 2010: 81(8); 981-986.

Saeed, S.A., Bloch, R.M., Antonacci, D.J., Davis, E., & Manuel, C. CAM for your depressed patient: 6 recommended options. Current Psychiatry, 2009: 8(10); 39-47.

McGinty, K., Walker, M., & Bloch, R.M. Sensitivity of a System of Care in Recognizing Communication Disorders in Children with Serious Emotional Disorders. Community Mental Health Journal, 2008: 44; 295-302.

Antonacci, D.J., Bloch, R.M., Saeed, A.S., Yildirim, Y., & Talley, J. Empirical evidence on the use and effectiveness of telepsychiatry via videoconferencing: Implications for forensic and correctional psychiatry. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 2008:26:253-269.

Saeed, S.A., Bloch, R.M., & Antonacci, D.J. The safety of kava for mild anxiety disorders (letter to the editor). American Family Physician, 2008: 78(4); 433.

Saeed, S.A., Bloch, R.M., Antonacci, D.J. Herbal and dietary supplements for treatment of anxiety disorders. American Family Physician, 2007:76(4);549-56.

Bloch, R.M., Meggs, W.J. Comorbidity patterns of self-reported chemical sensitivity, allergy, and medical illnesses with anxiety and depression. Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, 2007:16(2);136-148.

Bloch, R.M., Saeed, S.A., Rivard, J.C., Rausch, C. Lessons Learned in Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: Implications for Psychiatric Administrators. Psychiatric Quarterly, 2006:77(4); 309-318.