The Psychiatrist Writing for Popular Media

  • Nathaniel P. Morris
Column: Media

While psychiatrists interact with popular media in a variety of ways, including radio interviews, television commentary, and film consulting, writing remains one of the most common approaches through which psychiatrists publicly engage with media. Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have been writing for some forms of media—newspapers, magazines, books—for decades. Still, the advent of the Internet has introduced a range of new media outlets, including news websites, social networking sites, and blogs, where psychiatrists may publish their work.

Psychiatrist authors often serve as the public face of psychiatry. For example, Dr. Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times [1]. Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and television commentator, regularly writes articles for Fox News [2]. Dr. Irvin Yalom, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford University School of MedicinePalo AltoUSA

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