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Robert Madsen, PhD

Psychologist

Washington, DC

About Robert Madsen

Dr. Madsen is a 1972 graduate of the Honors College of the University of Utah where he received a National Science Foundation grant to assist research projects into the modeling of media violence by children and the adult parameters of interpersonal perception/judgment. Between his undergraduate and graduate education and training he worked for a year with a private research firm investigating the employability of troubled veterans. His Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology was awarded from the University of Maryland in 1977. Before that he obtained clinical training during two and one-half years of half-time work at VA Hospitals, first in medical psychology, then inpatient psychiatric triage. His formal year of internship was split between the outpatient department at the University of West Virginia’s Medical School and the Robert F. Kennedy Federal Prison, where he inaugurated and investigated a program of intense directed physical fitness and its relationship to inmate mental health and adjustment. Upon graduation Dr. Madsen was employed for seven years in the forensic wing of St. Elizabeths Hospital, first as a staff psychologist on post-trial treatment wards and then as a clinical administrator in pre-trial assessment. Since 1985 he has been in full-time private practice, splitting his time evenly between forensic evaluations of adults and adolescents (criminal and civil) and outpatient treatment of adolescents, adults and couples, often with a major emphasis on anxiety and/or sexual problems. He has testified in numerous city, county, and federal courts in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Outside of his membership in national and state psychological associations, his major affiliations are with the Society for Personality Assessment and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. His primary interests center on forensic issues, cognitive-behavioral treatments, health psychology and personality theory and assessment. Throughout his career he has endeavored to obtain a broad based understanding and respect for the major techniques of psychological intervention and the areas within which they best apply.

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  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Specialties

  • Psychologist

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Education and training

  • University of Maryland, PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology
  • University of Maryland, Master’s in General Psychology
  • University of Utah (Bachelor’s)

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1184680951

Overall rating
4.6
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My appointment with Dr. Madsen was incredibly disappointing. After years of avoiding therapy I finally got up the courageto go, and the experience was quite upsetting and has turned me off from therapy for the future.
My appointment with Dr. Madsen was incredibly disappointing. After years of avoiding therapy I finally got up the courage to go, and the experience was quite upsetting and has turnedme off from therapy for the future.
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Dr. Madsen is amazing. Not only is he ridiculously well-versed and up to date on psychology research, he is very calmand empathetic, and knows how to create an atmosphere of safety, to give you room to realize things on your own, while at the same time staying ready to give you a mountain of sound guidance whenever you ask for it.
Dr. Madsen is amazing. Not only is he ridiculously well-versed and up to date on psychology research, he is very calm and empathetic, and knows how to create an atmosphere ofsafety, to give you room to realize things on your own, while at the same time staying ready to give you a mountain of sound guidance whenever you ask for it.
Initials hidden · More than 1 year ago

Robert Madsen's office location

Robert K. Madsen, PhD Clinical & Forensic Psych

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

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My appointment with Dr. Madsen was incredibly disappointing. After years of avoiding therapy I finally got up the courage to go, and the experience was quite upsetting and has turned me off from therapy for the future.

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A pretty long wait but otherwise he was very good

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He’s a great psychologist and an even greater person. Highly recommend!

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Amazing! Very easy first appointment!

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Dr. Madsen is amazing. Not only is he ridiculously well-versed and up to date on psychology research, he is very calm and empathetic, and knows how to create an atmosphere of safety, to give you room to realize things on your own, while at the same time staying ready to give you a mountain of sound guidance whenever you ask for it.

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He is a great Doctor

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Great doctor with a really interesting method

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One of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever met. Has lots of cool stories to tell and makes you feel like you're just old friends catching up. Incredibly intelligent and insightful, willing to take the time to get to know you at your own pace but knows how and when to push when needed. Cannot recommend him enough, he has taught me so much about myself.

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Our appointment was scheduled for an hour and went an hour and forty minutes which would've been fine had I known. I went in for my first counseling session and may have spoken for 30 of the 90+ minutes. He talked about himself and his family almost the entire time. I walked out of the appointment both frustrated and angry as I felt like I was more his counselor than he was mine.

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Detailed, thorough, personable, spends extra time, and committed to getting to the root cause of a person's problems.

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This was my first initial meeting with him, but he seemed very knowledgeable and is a great listener. I definitely am excited for my next session with him, to learn more about myself and how I can make myself a better person.

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Very personable, thoughtful, and comprehensive in his approach to treatment and care.

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He talks about himself for most of the appointment. He's a lovely man and I'd love to have him as a friend. But he helped me VERY LITTLE as a psychotherapist.

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Immediately made me feel at ease, which was helpful, because I'd never seen a mental health professional before. Outlined exactly what we'd need to accomplish, provided an estimated timeframe, and took the time to build a strong rapport. Wish I would've done this years ago.

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Very professional , no rush fluent Spanish It was great , I recommend this doctor

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Very intelligent and knows how to make a person feel better about himself and life

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I like his accurate diagnosis, and feel he has treatment for my mental illness in a psychological way, and with psychiatric ways too!

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Dr. Madsen was very professional and I will be seeing him for several more sessions.

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Dr. Madsen is excellent!

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Muy profesional buen trato lo recomiendo

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Love Dr. Madsen, he always has stories to lighten the mood and has great advice.

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Very productive.

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Dr. Madsen is awesome! He has so many interesting stories that he is able to relate towards your personal treatment plan. He never rushes visits either. I arrived 30 minutes late to my last appointment (DC Traffic is the worst) and not only did he still see me, but he still gave me the full hour for my appointment. He is a great doctor and also just a wonderful person all around. Highly recommend to those who are looking for in-depth appointments and a provider who will actually listen.

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Dr. Madsen was great in outlining a treatment plan and really getting to know me as a patient. I felt and ease and had a sense of calm after seeing him.

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I'm a skeptic by nature, a little shy, reserved and cautious--and-- perhaps irrationally so, I often approach a visit to a new doctor as I would if I were to--oh, let's say "go visit a fortune teller" -- though the latter is not quite my cup of tea--but just an example). Anyway, with all that being said, at the conclusion of my second visit with Dr. Madsen, I felt very comfortable and confident that he is an excellent psychologist. Apart from being very professional and having a great office, Dr. Madsen is forthright, insightful, clear and focused on helping with the issues I wish to get help with, and will continue to see him for in the weeks, months- or whatever number and frequency of visits to come.

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Excellent Doctor, very easy to talk to and the office has a great atmosphere.

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He made me feel very comfortable and put me at ease with his stories. He seems incredibly knowledgeable and interested in understanding who I am so that he can treat me with what specifically will work for me. He's unconventional, in a casual, personal way.

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Note that he is a psychologist. He came up on ZocDoc when I searched for a psychiatrist, and I was disappointed to find in person, that he is not in fact a psychiatrist.

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He is easy to talk to and seems very knowledgeable. I will be going back to see him next week.

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I've been looking for a good doctor for awhile and Dr Madsen was great!

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