Don Kripke was born in Schenectady, NY, and raised in Washington, D.C. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale with a BA in Philosophy in 1963. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. degree in 1967.
Dr. Kripke did his internship at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California before serving two years in the United States Public Health Service while stationed at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. He then obtained his training in psychiatry at Harvard and at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine, where he was Chief Resident in Psychiatry.
After completing his residency, Dr. Kripke entered private practice and completed the program in psychoanalysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. He continues his practice of general psychiatry and psychoanalysis in La Jolla, California. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine, and teaches both there and at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, where he has won three teaching awards. Doctor Kripke is also a Trustee of National University and its affiliated institutions.