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Josef Witt-Doerring

Josef Witt-Doerring

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychiatry

Specialties: Psychiatry


  • MD - University of Queensland
  • BA, Advanced French - University of Queensland

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

Josef Witt-Doerring, MD, is a psychiatrist practicing in Philadelphia. He has a clinical interest in clinical psychopharmacology, in particular the link between antidepressant medications and suicidal behavior, and the long-term use of benzodiazepine medications.


  • Psychiatry - Baylor College of Medicine

Josef Witt-Doerring, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He has presented on topics including the responsible use of benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine withdrawal, sedative and hypnotic medications, and the correlation between antidepressant use and suicidality.

In the Media

  • "News 4 Trouble Shooter: Woman Says Anti-Anxiety Pills Have Stolen Her Life"
    NEWS4SA, San Antonio, Texas (May 10, 2019)
  • "Baylor moves aspiring psychiatrist into new classroom: Harris County Jail"
    Houston Chronicle (October 2, 2016)


"Antidepressants and Suicidality – Controversies and Possible Mechanisms"
Witt-Doerring J and Matthew, S
In: J Quevedo, A Carvalho and C Zarate Jr., Neurobiology of Depression:  Road to Novel Therapeutics (pp301-310), Elsevier, 2019

"Online Communities for Drug Withdrawal:  What Can We Learn?"
Witt-Doerring, J, Shorter D, Kosten T
Psychiatric Times 35(4), 2018

"The Therapeutic Cannabis User:  5 Key Issues"
Witt-Doerring, J, Kosten, T
Psychiatric Times 35(5), 2018


"Proving Casual Relationships: A Crash Course on Understanding the Link between Antidepressants and SuicidalĀ  Behavior"
Poster presentation, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, 2019

"Understanding the Antidepressant Suicide Controversy"
Speaker, Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences grand rounds, Houston, Texas, 2018

"The Risks of Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use"
Guest speaker, World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, Mad in America podcast, 2018

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
1427 Vine Street
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.4982