Psychiatrist to Captured Spies
Jan 24, 2018
David L. Charney, MD
Psychiatrist to Captured Spies

Dr. Charney is the Founder and Medical Director of  Roundhouse Square Counseling Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, couples and family therapy as well as Attention Deficit Disorder in adults. Besides his usual practice, he has also treated personnel from the intelligence community.  As a result of unusual circumstances, he had the opportunity to join the defense team of his first spy case, Earl Pitts. Subsequently, Plato Cacheris, the attorney of Robert Hanssen, invited Dr. Charney to join his defense team, which added a further dimension to his experience. With the addition of his third spy case, Brian Regan, he further deepened his knowledge of the psychological nuances of captured spies. As a member of their defense teams, Dr. Charney was perceived by these insider spies as an understanding and supportive figure, which lowered their defensive mindsets and provided a truer picture of their inner lives. He questioned many common assumptions about spy motivations. Dr. Charney elaborated on his findings in Part One of his White Paper, True Psychology of the Insider Spy. Part Two of his White Paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, lays out Dr. Charney’s innovative and perhaps controversial recommendations for using what he learned to manage the problem of insider spies better. To educate and promote these concepts and ideas, he founded NOIR for USA, a non-profit organization. In 1968, Dr. Charney earned his medical degree at the Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York in Syracuse. For many years, he has hosted his own cable television show "Psychiatry Today" on Comcast Cable in Alexandria. Since 1975, Dr. Charney has taught psychiatric residents at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, where he holds the academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor.