Author Robert Whitaker will be the speaker at the Department of Clinical Psychology’s Field Supervisors Day on Friday, February 17. Whitaker will speak on “Rethinking Psychiatric Care: History, Science and the Long-Term Effects of Psychiatric Medications.” Practicum supervisors, students, and faculty are invited to the presentation.
Whitaker has written four books, two of which tell the history of psychiatry. His first, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002, while the American Library Association named it one of the best history books of that year. His newest book on this topic, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, won an IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) book award for best investigative journalism in 2010.
Whitaker is also the author of The Mapmaker’s Wife and On the Laps of Gods.
Before writing books, Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper for a number of years. His journalism articles won several national awards, including a George Polk Award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for the Boston Globe was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.