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Department of Psychiatry

Douglas J. Opler, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Attending Psychiatrist, Consultation Liaison Service

Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Info

Medical Expertise

Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine & Consultation Liaison Psychiatry


Hospital Affiliation

University Hospital, Newark


Insurance Participation

Insurance Participation: with Provider Number ( where applicable ) The information below is subject to change and should not be relied upon until after it is verified with the insurance company. In addition, psychiatric providers should be contacted directly for information on their participation with managed care and insurance companies.

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Dr. Douglas Opler graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in New York City, where he studied evolutionary anthropology. A change of plans led him away from anthropology to SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, where he earned his medical degree. After graduation, he completed a psychiatry residency and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. In 2013, Dr. Opler joined the department of psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School where he teaches and sees patients as an attending psychiatrist on the consultation liaison service of the affiliated University Hospital in Newark. Dr. Opler has published on diverse topics, including somatization, mindfulness, stimulant use disorder, the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, and Andy Warhol’s views on psychiatrists. He has presented at national conferences and invited lectures at other institutions, including on the psychological role of humor, among other topics. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Association for Academic Psychiatry’s Early Career Development Award. When not working, Dr. Opler enjoys raising his children, playing musical instruments, and painting.



M.D., 2008, Downstate College of Medicine, State University of New York
B.A., 2002, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
B.A., 2002, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University


Licensure & Certification

Medical Licensure
New Jersey




Relevant Publications:

Opler, DJ, Hahn, S; Chapter 12: Stimulants; In: Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment; Levounis, P, Zerbo, E, Aggarwal, R; 237-264; American Psychiatric Association Publishing, Arlington, Virginia; 2016.
Opler, DJ; A practical approach to interviewing a somatizing patient; Current Psychiatry, July 2017.
Iyer, V, Opler, DJ; Rare case report of contrast induced encephalopathy without supportive radiological findings; Current Psychiatry, Forthcoming 2017.
Punia, V, Opler DJ, Aggarwal, R; 8 tests rolled into a mnemonic to detect weakness in suspected conversion disorder; Current Psychiatry, September 2014.
Opler, DJ; Haldol Classic; The Journal of Humanistic Psychiatry, Volume 2, Issue 3:6-7, 2014.
Opler, DJ (April 2013). The Art and Science of Connection. The Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine weblog.
Aggarwal, R, Guzman, S, Opler, DJ, Rottnek, M, Zerbo, E, Batista, S; Addiction: What CL psychiatrists need to know; Workshop presented at the 61st meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, November 2014.
Richmond, K, Benitez, M, and Opler, DJ; Unilateral auditory hallucinations associated with subjective unilateral hearing loss and a pinnal mass: a case report; Poster presented at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference, October 2015.
Carlson, R, Opler, DJ, Park, A, Marcus, P, and Nicolson, SE; Two Cases of Tacrolimus-induced Psychosis Associated with Low to Normal Tacrolimus Levels; Presented at the 62nd meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, November 2015.
Nicolson, S, Opler, DJ, Matus, J, O’Dowd, M, Levenson, J; Humor as a Potent Tool for the Consultation Psychiatrist; Workshop presented at the 62nd meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, November 2015.




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