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Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD

The Dalio Family Professor of Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkings University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Codirector of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  

Dr. Jamison is coauthor of the standard medical text on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers, and author of Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, Exuberance, and Nothing Was the Same. Dr. Jamison has written more than 125 scientific and clinical articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium. Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind, which chronicles her own experience with manic-depressive illness, was cited by several major publications as one of the best books of 1995. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for five months and translated into 25 languages. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide was a national bestseller and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999. Exuberance: The Passion for Life was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year. Her most recent book, Nothing Was the Same, was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009. Dr. Jamison is the recipient of numerous national and international literary and scientific prizes, including the Lewis Thomas Prize and a MacArthur Award.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 10

3:45pm PDT

Friday, September 11

9:30am PDT