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Erik Gooch, D.O.

Erik Gooch, D.O. - Background

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Assistant Professor

Student Mental Health

Originally from Indiana, Dr. Gooch received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Southern Indiana. He then attended Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) and stayed in Tulsa for a traditional rotating internship.

Dr. Gooch completed Psychiatry residency at the University of Florida (UF) where he was chief resident in his fourth year. He continued his training in a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at UF. His areas of specialty continue to be forensic psychiatry, psychopharmacology, student mental health issues, and school violence. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Since joining faculty in November of 2005, the majority of Dr. Gooch's clinical work is in the outpatient setting where he provides direct patient care and supervision of resident physicians. His primary clinical site is UF's Student Mental Health Clinic, which serves one of the country's largest student populations. He also provides weekend/holiday coverage for an adult inpatient/dual diagnosis treatment facility (Vista) via a rotating attending call schedule.

As a consultant to the University's Threat Assessment Team, Dr. Gooch is involved in risk assessment of students that may pose a threat to the University or others. In light of the Virginia Tech tragedy and other school shootings, there has been an increasing emphasis regarding school violence. Dr. Gooch is also a member of the Medical Withdrawal Committee. Like the Threat Assessment Team the committee is multidisciplinary (psychiatry, psychology, housing, academic affairs) with its primary role being to evaluate and provide recommendations for those students that cannot succeed academically due to significant psychiatric/medical disability.

In addition to his work at Student Mental Health, Dr. Gooch is involved with the Division of Forensic Psychiatry. He participates in weekly seminars and is involved in direct fellow/resident/medical student supervision. He performs both civil and criminal cases as a supervisor or direct examiner.


Medical School
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa OK
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

Board Certifications


Forensic Psychiatry

Honors and Awards

Chief Resident, General Adult psychiatry, University of Florida 2002-2003

Psychiatry Resident of the Year 2002-2003

John C. Adam Highest Academic Achievement Award 2002-2003

Outstanding Teaching Assistant- Medical Neuroscience 2003

Pfizer Neuroscience Psychiatry Resident Award 2001-2002

President, Psychiatry Resident's Association, University of Florida 2000-2001

National Osteopathic College Scholarship 1995

Dean's Award for Academic Excellence 1994-1995