Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.; Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Author, Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychology Renee Binder, M.D., Professor and Director Psychiatry and Law Program, UCSF; President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association - Moderator Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of cruelly chaining "lunatics" in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public. However, the path to legitimacy for "the black sheep of medicine" has been anything but smooth. Through a period that saw hydrotherapy, lobotomies and primal screaming regularly used as treatments, psychiatry has endured serious growing pains on its way to becoming an accepted evidence-based profession. Dr. Lieberman traces the history of the field, from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science to its maturity, all the while arguing that we should dispel the stigma linked to mental illnesses and treat them as diseases rather than as unfortunate states of mind.

Renowned Psychiatrist, Mental Health Advocate, and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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A nationally renowned psychiatrist and authority in mental health, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. is the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Lieberman’s research has focused on the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders and led to the transformative mental healthcare strategy for the early detection and prevention of schizophrenia. With a career dedicated to the study and treatment of mental illness, his talks break down the barrier and stigma of mental health and explore its importance on today’s business and society. A passionate advocate for mental health research and policy, Dr. Lieberman also highlights how current events like the COVID-19 pandemic will impact our lives at global scale – providing audiences with strategies to cope and plan for what’s next.