Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.

Tucker2Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. is a Newport Beach Psychiatrist.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders including attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, brain SPECT imaging, as well as addictionology. He has also been involved in research involving traumatic brain injuries and Sports Psychiatry. He is a distinguished member of the International Society of Sports Psychiatry.

Dr. Tucker attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree, B.S. in Physiological Sciences. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine, for his Medical Degree, and stayed at UCLA for his internship and residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition, he completed one year in child and adolescent psychiatry. Before Dr. Tucker attended UCLA, he served in the United States Marine Corps, Infantry. He has three combat actions:  Panama, and Desert Storm.

Dr. Tucker has worked extensively in the juvenile and adult justice system in Los Angeles and California’s state ran Regional Center. He has also worked in the community with trouble children in foster care and group homes, who struggled with addiction and/or mental illness. In addition, he served as the Medical Director of an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and adults in a private hospital in the South Bay area.

Dr. Tucker also has experience in the private sector managing inpatient and outpatient treatment.  He was the Medical Director of Windstone Behavioral Health, which provided behavioral health management for senior Medicare managed health care plans throughout Southern California. He also was the Medical Director of the Suboxone Clinic at Long Beach VA Medical Center, in CA. He is currently the Medical Director of Affinity Recovery.

Dr. Tucker’s training in and research in traumatic brain injuries and Sports Psychiatry led him to develop an interest into Single Photon Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging. He trained under Dr. Amen and was the Medical Director of Mind Matters of Texas, which was an Amen-affiliated SPECT imaging center, before establishing his own private clinic in Plano, Texas. He has contributed and co-authored a book titled, “Failure to launch”.

In addition, Dr. Tucker has also served as an expert witness in numerous court cases, for the defense as well as for the prosecution. He has also been retained by counsel for consultation on cases requiring the need of a forensic psychiatrist.

His paradigm of treatment is that he: “Treats a person Not a Diagnosis!” He uses a holistic model and incorporates exercise, diet, therapy, supplements, as well as psychopharmacological therapies.

He has an office in Newport Beach, California.

Honors and Awards include:

  • 1998 Ann Bauman Memorial Scholarship
  • 1998 Barry Gordy Foundation Scholarship
  • 1999 Beckwith Memorial Scholarship
  • 2000 Charles R. Drew Medical Society Scholarship
  • 2000 National Health Institute Scholarship
  • 2000 UCLA Medical Alumni Association Scholarship
  • 2000 Nat R. Lazar Medical Scholarship
  • 2000 Giannini Fellowship
  • 2001 Honors in Neuroscience
  • 2001 Stanley Foundation Fellowship
  • 2013 Top Doctor in Texas Award, by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals

Organizations include:

  • Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • American Medical Association & California Medical Association
  • Orange County Medical Society
  • American Psychiatric Association & California Psychiatric Association
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • International Society of Sports Psychiatry
  • Veteran of Foreign War