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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Nancy C. Andreasen, MD, PhD


       Nancy C. Andreasen, MD, PhD


Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Consortium at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  She is actively involved in neuroimaging research, which involves the use of structural MR imaging, functional MR, and positron emission tomography.  She has also contributed to nosology and phenomenology by serving on both the DSM and DSM IV Task Forces and developing the first widely used scales for rating the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia.  She is past president of the American Psychopathological Association and the Psychiatric Research Society.  She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and was elected to serve on its governing council for two four year terms.  She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society for Neuroscience.  She has won the President’s National Medal of Science for 2000.  She has also received many other awards, including the Interbrew-Baillet-Latour Prize from the Belgian government, the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat Prize from the Institute of Medicine, the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Schizophrenia Research, the Sigmund Freud Award from the American College of Psychoanalysis, the Kolb Award and the Sachar Award from Columbia University.  The American Psychiatric Association has awarded her its Prize for Research, its Kempf Award for Mentoring, the Hibbs Award, it Adolph Meyer Award, and its Distinguished Service Award.  She has received the Stanley Dean Award from The American College of Psychiatrists, as well as its Distinguished Service Award.  Most recently, Dr. Andreasen won the Vanderbilt Prize for Biological Science, the UCSF Medal, and the Salmon Award from the New York Academy of Medicine.  She was Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Psychiatry for 13 years, completing her third term in 2005.  She has written a two widely-praised books for the general public, “The Broken Brain:  The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry” (1983) and “Brave New Brain:  Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome” (2001)  More recently, she has written “The Creating Brain:  The Neuroscience of Genius” (2005).  She has also authored, co-authored, or edited twelve other scholarly books and over 500 articles.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Discuss the issues involved in defining creativity.
2.  Summarize the evidence suggesting a link between creativity and mental illness.


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