Chris Aiken

Chris Aiken, MD

Psychiatrist, Director

Dr. Aiken’s interest in helping people with mood disorders came from experience with close friends who suffered from depression. He began his career as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health and went on to complete medical school at Yale and residency at Cornell and Duke Medical Centers.

He believes in carefully choosing treatment to improve the long-term health of the brain and body. He is an expert on natural and lifestyle techniques that improve mood and has written two self-help books on that subject. His work has been cited in the International Encyclopedia of Depression, and he is involved in clinical trials to identify new treatments for mood disorders.

Dr. Aiken is the editor-in-chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report, which is one of few psychiatric journals that operates free of funding from the pharmaceutical industry. He hosts the weekly Carlat Psychiatry Podcast and a patient edition – Pocket Psychiatrist – with Kellie Newsome. He is a co-author of Prescribing Psychotropics and a Clinical Instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has been ranked among the Best Doctors of America since 2010 and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Aiken does not accept promotional fees from the pharmaceutical industry. He directly supervises the work of other clinicians in the practice.

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