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Information on Paul McHugh

Bishops Select Lay Board On Sexual Abuse Review By Laurie Goodstein 6/25/02 “Dr.
McHugh, who was a founder and board member of the False Memory Syndrome

Brown, D; Frischholz E, Scheflin A. (1999). “Iatrogenic dissociative identity

disorder - an evaluation of the scientific evidence”. The Journal of Psychiatry
and Law XXVII No. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 1999):549–637. p. 604 - 605 “The problem with
McHugh’s publications on MPD/DID, like those of Mersky, is that they are mere
speculation. From deposition testimony in several cases, McHugh has made it clear
that other than an occasional consultation, he has very little actual clinical
experience with the ongoing treatment of MPD/DID patients and is generally
unfamiliar with both the clinical features of MPD/DID and with what usually occurs
in their treatment. This McHugh’s opinion is informed neither by actual in-depth
clinical experience with contemporary MPD/DID patients nor by any scientific
research on MPD. Furthermore, with regard to McHugh’s main hypothesis that
hysterical behavior is implicated in DID iatrogenesis, Gleaves has shown that such
phenomena are no more prevalent in DID than in any other psychiatric condition.”
(Gleaves, D. July 1996 The sociocognitive model of dissociative identity disorder:
a reexamination of the evidence, Psychological Bulletin 120, 1 p.42-59
z.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVAbstractPlus) “ No reason exists to doubt
the connection between DID and childhood trauma.”

Morrison threatens to sue witness - Expert witness Paul McHugh, a psychiatrist,

could face disciplinary action for revealing information in Wichita abortion
records. By Dion Leflert 6/13/07 Wichita Eagle - Kansas Attorney General Paul
Morrison on Tuesday threatened to sue a psychiatric expert hired by his
predecessor if he doesn’t stop making public statements about medical records from
an investigation of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller. In a letter, Morrison
told psychiatrist Paul McHugh that if he persists, the attorney general’s office
will “pursue all available remedies.” That could include legal action to get a
refund of $5,000 the state has paid McHugh and possible disciplinary action
against him in his home state of Maryland.

Dubious choice for resolving church scandal by Mara J. Math 9/21/02 “McHugh’s
actions…pose the deepest threat to the council’s credibility. McHugh is the only
therapist on the lay council. This makes his participation especially significant,
because other members may rely on his presumed expertise. Because he frequently
testifies on behalf of accused molesters, doubts may be raised about the council’s
desire to truly solve the problem. McHugh…is the man whose report to the court in
one case stated that a defendant’s harassing phone calls were not obscene -
including the call that detailed a fantasy of a 4-year-old sex slave locked in a
dog cage and fed human waste. At least eight men have been convicted of sexually
abusing Maryland children while under treatment at the “sex disorders” clinic
McHugh runs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - abuse the doctors did
not report, citing client confidentiality. When Maryland law was changed to
require that doctors report child molestation, the clinic fought it and advised
patients on how to get around the law. The memo to patients suggested that
molesters report their pedophilic activities to their lawyers, who could in turn
tell staff; attorney-client privilege would then protect the molesters from being
reported. This memo was fully approved by the boss - Dr. Paul McHugh…”
Paul McHugh on transsexualism - From an article by Elizabeth Gilbert: McHugh has
always reserved special scorn for the practice of sex-change surgery on adult
transsexuals. Classifying transsexualism as merely one symptom in a larger complex
of personality disorders, McHugh had long believed that psychiatrists should treat
such patients with the talking cure, not radical, irreversible surgeries. In a
1992 article in the American Scholar, McHugh lambasted transsexual surgery as ‘the
most radical therapy ever encouraged by twentieth century psychiatrists’ and
likened its popularity to the once widespread practice of frontal lobotomy.