Although most of his career has been focused on serving underprivileged children, first in the non-profit sector as Chief of Psychiatry and later as Director of Research for Hathaway Children and Family Services in Sylmar, California, then in several clinical and teaching roles at USC, Dr. Sugar also has experience in the private sector.
He is a past president of the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has played an active role in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Sugar was the founding director of the Hathaway Children’s Clinical Research Institute where he performed funded research on the effects of interpersonal child trauma. At USC Dr. Sugar is the Director of the Child Psychiatry Trauma Program and Co-Chief of the Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, and conducts clinical research.
Dr. Sugar has lectured widely on topics in child and general psychiatry at national and international meetings.