Herbert Schreier, MD
Associate Psychiatrist, Division of Psychiatry


Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y

Residency: Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.       

Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.

Board Certification: Psychiatry



Herbert Schreier, MD, specializes in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. He has been practicing psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Oakland since 1977. He provides care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and in the emergency department.

Dr. Schreier is an international authority on transgender and gender-variant children, as well as on mothers with Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS). He co-wrote a book on MBPS titled Hurting for Love published in the early 1990s.

Dr. Schreier is also knowledgeable on topics including, Tourette syndrome, international adoption, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity, anxiety, mood disturbances and “social ineptitude” (including non verbal learning disabilities, Aspergers and high functioning Autism) caused by neurocognitive difficulties. He has served as a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and hospitals worldwide, and provides foreign consultation on a variety of child psychiatric issues in countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Compelling Fact

According to the National Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 children have some sort of an emotional or behavioral disorder. Of these children, 10 percent suffer from serious emotional disturbances. In addition, nearly 70 percent fail to receive any mental health assistance.

Source: National Mental Health Association


  • Transgender and gender-variant children
  • Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS)
  • Tourette syndrome/bipolar disorder
  • Helping children and adolescents cope with trauma, stress and violence
  • Aspergers/nonverbal learning disabilities

Gender-variant Children
Children with gender-variant traits have strong and persistent behaviors that are typically associated with the other sex.

Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome
Munchausen syndrome is named after an 18th-century German baron who became famous after a book detailing fantastical tales he had told about himself was published. People with the disorder consciously do things to make themselves sick or appear to be sick, so they’ll get attention from healthcare clinicians. The “proxy” part comes when a disturbed parent does something to make her child ill, instead of herself. Parents with the disorder may bring their child to a hospital, getting the attention they’re seeking through their child’s illness—by proxy.

Professional Achievements

  • Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010 (nat'l survey)
  • Textbook contributions: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, Rudolph Pediatrics and Forensic Issues in Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, Foresenic Child Psychiatry, 2009
  • Transgender Children, Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Healthcare Journal, April 2009
  • Guest lectured in several countries such as Germany, Denmark, Norway, Albania, Turkey and Canada
  • Co-authored the book, Hurting for Love,(1993), the first comprehensive, detailed examination of the dynamics of MBPS
  • Taught at Harvard, Children’s Hospital Boston, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, UCSF in Salinas, and UC Berkeley

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Member, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (London)

Appointment & Referral Information

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