Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H.

Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH  is a psychiatrist and researcher specializing in depression and bipolar illness.  He is Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Clinical Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and teaches at the Cambridge Health Alliance. 

Since October 2017, he also has been employed at Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research in Cambridge MA, where he leads clinical psychiatry research in early drug discovery.

He is author of the bestselling A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Mental Illness and Leadership (New York: Penguin Press, 2011), and, most recently, On Depression: Diagnosis, Drugs, and Despair in the Modern World (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2013). He is founding editor of the monthly newsletter for mental health clinicians, The Psychiatry Letter (

The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009); & A Clinician’s Guide to Statistics and Epidemiology in Mental Health;(Cambridge University Press, 2009);The Concepts of Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003; and Mood Disorders: A Practical Guide (Wolters Kluwer, 2007)

He has also edited or co-edited two other books, has published over 200 scientific articles or book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. 

All views expressed by him on this blog are solely his own, and do not reflect the views of any of his employers.

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S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, & author of "A First-Rate Madness" and "On Depression".

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