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List of notable or famous psychiatrists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top psychiatrists born in the United States and even some popular psychiatrists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American psychiatrists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These psychiatrists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known psychiatrist from the United States is included when available.

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Aaron T. Beck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Aaron T. Beck age 96 Aaron Temkin Beck is an American psychiatrist and a professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy, and ...more

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Adolf Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Adolf Meyer Died at 84 (1866-1950) Adolf Meyer, was a psychiatrist who rose to prominence as the first psychiatrist-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was president of the American Psychiatric Association in 1927-28 and ...more

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Alvin Francis Poussaint is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Alvin Francis Poussaint age 83 Alvin Francis Poussaint is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of numerous books on child psychiatry, with a particular focus on the raising of African-American ...more

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Anne Love Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Anne Love Smith Died at 69 (1940-2009) Anne Love Smith was a psychologist and social worker.

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Arthur Kleinman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Arthur Kleinman age 77 Arthur Kleinman is a prominent American psychiatrist and is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry at Harvard University, USA. He is well ...more

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Bruce D. Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Bruce D. Perry Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is an American psychiatrist, currently the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences ...more

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Carl Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Carl Bell age 70 Carl Compton Bell is a professor of psychiatry and public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bell is a National Institute of Mental Health international researcher, an author of ...more

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Carole Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Carole Lieberman Carole Lieberman M.D. of Beverly Hills, California was born and raised in New York City. Lieberman received her Medical Degree from Belgium's Université catholique de Louvain and received ...more

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Charles Krauthammer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Charles Krauthammer age 68 Charles Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, author, political commentator, and physician. His weekly column is syndicated to more than 400 newspapers ...more

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Charles Nemeroff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Charles Nemeroff age 69 Charles Barnet Nemeroff is an American psychiatrist known for his work in treating depression.

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Chris Zois is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Chris Zois Christ Zois is a film producer, writer and film story contributor.

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David A. Halperin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
David A. Halperin Died at 69 (1934-2003) David A. Halperin was an American psychiatrist, editor and author. Dr. Halperin was Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a published poet. He was the ...more

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Dexter M. Bullard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States

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Dorothy Otnow Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Dorothy Otnow Lewis Dorothy Otnow Lewis is an American psychiatrist and author who has been an expert witness at a number of high-profile cases. She specializes in the study of violent individuals and people with ...more

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E. Fuller Torrey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
E. Fuller Torrey age 80 Edwin Fuller Torrey, is an American psychiatrist and schizophrenia researcher. He is executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute and founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a ...more

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Died at 78 (1926-2004) Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed her theory ...more

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Eva Ritvo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Eva Ritvo Eva Ritvo is an American television and radio personality, author, and psychiatrist most noted for her work on women's empowerment issues and self-help books. She is an internationally known ...more

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Frances Cress Welsing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Frances Cress Welsing age 83 Frances Cress Welsing, is an afrocentrist fringe psychiatrist who with her 1970 essay: the Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism, offered her interpretation on the origins of white ...more

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Frank Pittman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Frank Pittman Died at 77 (1935-2012) Frank Smith Pittman, III, M.D. was an American psychiatrist and author. He wrote a regular column, "Ask Dr. Frank", which used to appear in Psychology Today. During his lifetime, he ...more

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Fredric Wertham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Fredric Wertham Died at 86 (1895-1981) Fredric Wertham was a German-born American psychiatrist and crusading author who protested the purportedly harmful effects of violent imagery in mass media and comic books on the development of ...more

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Gloria Johnson-Powell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Gloria Johnson-Powell age 81 Gloria Johnson-Powell, MD is a child psychiatrist who is also an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement and was one of the first African-American women to attain tenure at ...more

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Gregory Berns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Gregory Berns Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics at Emory University.

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Harry Stack Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Harry Stack Sullivan Died at 57 (1892-1949) Harry Stack Sullivan was an American Neo-Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who held that the personality lives in, and has his or her being in, a complex of interpersonal relations. Having ...more

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Hervey M. Cleckley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Hervey M. Cleckley Died at 81 (1903-1984) Hervey Milton Cleckley was an American psychiatrist and pioneer in the field of psychopathy. His book, The Mask of Sanity, originally published in 1941 and revised in new editions until the ...more

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Iván Böszörményi-Nagy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Iván Böszörményi-Nagy Died at 87 (1920-2007) Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy was a Hungarian-American psychiatrist and one of the founders of the field of family therapy. Born Iván Nagy, his family name was changed to ...more

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Jeffrey M. Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Jeffrey M. Schwartz age 67 Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. is an American psychiatrist and researcher in the field of neuroplasticity and its application to obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is a proponent of mind/body dualism ...more

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John E. Mack is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
John E. Mack Died at 75 (1929-2004) John Edward Mack M.D. was an American psychiatrist, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, and a leading authority on the spiritual or ...more

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Jonathan Shay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Jonathan Shay age 77 Jonathan Shay is a doctor and clinical psychiatrist. He holds a B.A from Harvard and an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is best known for his publications comparing the ...more

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Karl Menninger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Karl Menninger Died at 97 (1893-1990) Karl Augustus Menninger was an American psychiatrist and a member of the Menninger family of psychiatrists who founded the Menninger Foundation and the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.

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Kay Redfield Jamison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Kay Redfield Jamison age 71 Kay Redfield Jamison is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Her work has centered on bipolar disorder, which she has had since her early adulthood. She holds a post of Professor of ...more

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Keith Ablow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Keith Ablow age 56 Keith Russell Ablow is an American psychiatrist, author and television personality. He is also a contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel.

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Leo Alexander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Leo Alexander Died at 80 (1905-1985) Dr. Leo Alexander was an American psychiatrist, neurologist, educator, and author, of Austrian-Jewish origin. He was a key medical advisor during the Nuremberg Trials. Alexander wrote part of ...more

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Leo Kanner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Leo Kanner Died at 85 (1896-1981) Leo Kanner was an Austrian American psychiatrist and physician known for his work related to autism. Kanner's work formed the foundation of child and adolescent psychiatry in the U.S. and ...more

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Louis Jolyon West is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Louis Jolyon West Died at 75 (1924-1999) Louis Jolyon "Jolly" West was an American psychiatrist whose work focused particularly on cases where subjects were "taken to the limits of human experience". He performed ...more

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M. Scott Peck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
M. Scott Peck Died at 69 (1936-2005) Morgan Scott Peck was an American psychiatrist and best-selling author, best known for his first book, The Road Less Traveled, published in 1978.

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Michael Welner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Michael Welner age 53 Michael Mark Welner, M.D., is an American forensic psychiatrist and Chairman of The Forensic Panel. Welner is best known for his work in sensitive and complex litigation. He has acted as lead ...more

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Milton H. Erickson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Milton H. Erickson Died at 79 (1901-1980) Milton Hyland Erickson was an American psychiatrist and psychologist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis ...more

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Neal D. Barnard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Neal D. Barnard age 65 Neal D. Barnard is an American doctor, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an international network of doctors, scientists, ...more

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Nidal Malik Hasan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Nidal Malik Hasan age 47 Nidal Malik Hasan is a Palestinian-American convicted of fatally shooting 13 people and injuring more than 30 others in the Fort Hood mass shooting on November 5, 2009. Hasan was a United States ...more

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Park Dietz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Park Dietz age 70 Park Dietz, MD, PhD, MPH, is a forensic psychiatrist who has consulted or testified in many of the highest profile US criminal cases including Jeffrey Dahmer, The Unabomber, the Beltway sniper ...more

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Peter Breggin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Peter Breggin age 81 Peter Roger Breggin is an American psychiatrist and critic of biological psychiatry and psychiatric medication. In his books, he advocates replacing psychiatry's use of drugs and ...more

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Peter D. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Peter D. Kramer Peter D. Kramer, is an American psychiatrist, Marshall Scholar and faculty member of Brown Medical School specializing in the area of depression. He considers depression to be a serious illness ...more

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Richard Isay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Richard Isay Died at 78 (1934-2012) Richard A. Isay was an American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist. He was a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a faculty member of the Columbia ...more

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Robert A. Williams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Robert A. Williams age 76

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Robert Jay Lifton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Robert Jay Lifton age 91 Robert Jay Lifton is an American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought ...more

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Robert Spitzer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Robert Spitzer age 85 Robert Leopold Spitzer is a psychiatrist and retired professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. He was a major force in the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical ...more

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Sally Satel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Sally Satel Sally Satel, is an American psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. She is a lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine, the W.H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and ...more

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Scott Haltzman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Scott Haltzman age 58 Dr. Scott David Haltzman is an American psychiatrist, relationship counselor, and author. He is known for his work in support of marriage and husbands. Haltzman is the author of The Secrets of ...more

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Stephen Barrett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Stephen Barrett age 85 Stephen Joel Barrett is an American retired psychiatrist, author, co-founder of the National Council Against Health Fraud, and the webmaster of Quackwatch. He runs a number of websites dealing ...more

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Thomas Szasz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Psychiatrists from the United States
Thomas Szasz Died at 92 (1920-2012) Thomas Stephen Szasz was a psychiatrist and academic, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a professor of psychiatry at the ...more