Dr. Richards attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed a psychiatry residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh where she was chief resident and won the Outstanding Resident Teacher award. Then she completed a clinical fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at WPIC and a clinical research fellowship in Psychopharmacology and Alzheimer's Disease at Indiana University and Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1998 to join the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at WPIC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Richards established her clinical practice at UPMC Shadyside doing both inpatient consultation/liaison psychiatry and outpatient psychiatry in primary settings including geriatric psychiatry at the Senior Care Institute.
She has been working with the Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program since 2001. Dr. Richards is interested in integrated care of behavioral health in the primary care setting. She is the Director of the Psychiatry rotation for PGY 2 residents. Dr. Richards provides psychiatric consultations at the Shadyside Family Health Center. She is involved with the Depression LOPIR group and provides behavioral science didactics. Also, Dr. Richards maintains a private practice of adult and geriatric psychiatry in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Richards works part-time and enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert Goitz, MD, an orthopaedic hand surgeon, and with her two teenage children. She also enjoys the outdoors, gardening, tennis, travel and the arts.