Peter C. Whybrow, M.D.

Titles

Chair, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity

Member, Internal Advisory Board

Adult Psychiatry

Brain Research Institute

CTSI


Awards and Honors:

University College London Hospitals

University of North Carolina Hospitals

University of North Carolina Hospitals

Contact Information

Email
pwhybrow@mednet.ucla.edu
Phone
Work Phone Number: (310) 825-9989
Address

Office Address:

UCLA Psychr & Biobehav Sci/NPI
BOX 951759
760 Westwood Plaza
C7-463 Semel Institute
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UNITED STATES

Biography

Peter C. Whybrow, M.D. is Director of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, the Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and the Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Recruited to UCLA in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Whybrow received his training in endocrinology and psychiatry in London and North Carolina. Born in England he was a member of the scientific staff of the British Medical Research Council before joining the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in the 1970s, where he served as Chairman of Psychiatry and later as Executive Dean. He was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 where he was the Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry until 1996.

Dr. Whybrow is an international authority on depression and manic-depressive disease and the effects of thyroid hormone on brain and human behavior. A founding member and Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Whybrow has lectured widely across the United States and Europe, and is the recipient of many awards.

He is a frequent advisor to universities, foundations, and government agencies and is the author of numerous scientific papers and five books, including, A Mood Apart; The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and its Disorder. Now published in paperback by Harper Perennial A Mood Apart has been translated into several languages and is widely acclaimed as the definitive guide to the experience and science of mood disorder written expressly for the general public. Dr. Whybrow's most recent book, American Mania: When More Is Not Enough (W.W. Norton), was a Los Angeles Times best seller, has won several awards, and was cited by the New York Times Magazine as one of 78 notable ideas for 2005.

Publications