Dr. Westen received his B.A. at Harvard University, an M.A. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex (England), and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he subsequently taught for six years. For several years he was Chief Psychologist at Cambridge Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. His major areas of research are personality disorders, eating disorders, psychotherapy effectiveness, adolescent psychopathology, political psychology, and the interface of psychodynamics and neuroscience.
Dr. Westen is the author of three books and over 150 scholarly articles. He is a frequent commentator on radio, television, and in print, including appearances on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, American Morning, Hardball, Anderson Cooper 360, the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, PBS, NPR, and BBC and CBC radio and television. He has advised a range of candidates and organizations, from presidential and congressional campaigns to major progressive organizations to Fortune 500 companies.