Education & Training

Richard Bloch, Registered PsychotherapistRichard Bloch holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary.  His clinical training was completed at the Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (formerly the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry), and he is certified by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Richard’s clinical interests include recurrent depression, anxiety disorders, and the management of chronic health problems.  His primary approach to treatment is cognitive-behaviour therapy, with clinical work grounded in scientifically supported methods of assessment and treatment.  In addition to working in private practice, he has undertaken cutting-edge research in depression, cognitive therapy, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in some of Canada’s leading clinical research centres including McGill University, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and the Mood and Anxiety Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


Hawley, L. L., Corcoran, K., Schwartz, D., Bieling, P. J., Bloch, R. T., & Segal, Z. V. (2011).Mediators of Treatment Efficacy in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Symposium to be presented at the 45rd Annual Meeting of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

Farb, N., Segal, Z., Corcoran, K., Bloch, R., McKeon, D., Bean, J., & Anderson, A. (2010).Relaxation and meditation training effects on emotion regulation.  Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, Canada.

Bieling, P., Levitan, R., MacQueen, G., Szacun-Shimizu, K., Bloch, R., & Segal, Z. V. (2009).Moderators and mediators of relapse/recurrence risk over 18 months in patients receiving mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, maintenance antidepressant pharmacotherapy or placebo. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, USA.

Paraherakis, A., Bloch, R.T., Magdalinos, H., Tagalakis, V., McGillivray, D. &  Zoccolillo, M. (2001).Alcohol and other drug use profiles of Quebec adolescents visiting the Emergency Department. Montreal Children’s Hospital. Poster presented at Psychiatry Research Day, McGill University, Department of Psychiatry, Montreal, Canada.

Paraherakis, A., Bloch, R.T., Tagalakis, V., Magdalinos, H., McGillivray, D. & Zoccolillo, M. (2001).Adolescent alcohol and other drug use in the Emergency Department: Is there a need for intervention?Poster presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Research Society on Alcoholism, Montreal, Canada.

Kunin, D., Bloch, R.T., Tekada, Y., Borjas, M., Rogan, F., Smith, B.R. & Amit, Z. (2001).Caffeine augments an ethanol induced conditioned taste aversion: A biphasic interaction. Poster presented at the Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neuroscience festival, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bieling, P. J., Hawley, L. L., Bloch, R. T., Corcoran, K., Levitan, R., Young, T., MacQueen, G., & Segal, Z. V. (2012). Treatment specific changes in decentering following mindfulness-based cognitive therapy versus antidepressant medication or placebo for prevention of depressive relapse. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(3), 365-372.

Farb, A. S., Anderson, A. K., Bloch, R. T., & Segal, Z. V. (2011). Mood linked responses in medial prefrontal cortex predict relapse in patients with recurrent unipolar depression.Biological Psychiatry, 70,366-372.

Segal, Z. V., Bieling, P., Young, T., MacQueen, G., Cooke, R., Martin, L., Bloch, R., & Levitan, R. (2010). Antidepressant monotherapy versus sequential pharmacotherapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or placebo, for relapse prophylaxis in recurrent depression. Archives of General Psychiatry,Archives of General Psychiatry,67, 1256-1264.

Kunin, D., Bloch, R. T., Smith, B. R., & Amit, Z. (2001). Caffeine, nicotine and mecamylamine share stimulus properties in the preexposure conditioned taste aversion procedure.Psychopharmacology,159, 70-76.

Kunin, D., Bloch, R. T., Terada, Y., Rogan, F., Smith, B. R., & Amit, Z. (2001). Caffeine promotes an ethanol-induced conditioned taste aversion: A dose-dependent interaction.Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology,9, 326-333.