Daniel Amen, MD

Dr. Daniel Amen. Dr. Daniel Amen



Dr. Daniel Amen is a former writer for Verywell Mind covering mental health. He is a physician, double-board-certified psychiatrist, and ten-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the founder of Amen Clin­ics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, California; Bellevue, Washington; Reston, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and New York, New York. Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling nearly 115,000 scans on patients from 111 countries.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain-imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football play­ers. Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects of Saddleback Church’s “Daniel Plan,” a pro­gram to get the world healthy through their religious organizations (it was also a the NY Times #1 bestselling book). Dr. Amen has written, produced, and hosted ten popular shows about the brain, which have raised more than $55 million for public television.

Dr. Amen is the author or co-author of more than seventy peer-reviewed published scientific studies, seven book chapters, and over thirty books, including Change Your Brain Change Your Life, Revised and Expanded 2015: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems.


Southern California College (now Vanguard University), Bachelor of Arts degree

Oral Roberts University, Doctor of Medicine degree 

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Psychiatric Residency Training, Washington, DC

Child, Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii

Nuclear Brain Imaging Independent Fellowship Study, including 200 hours of nuclear physics and related science at the Institute for Nuclear Medical education and 1000  hours of clinically supervised training, leading to a California nuclear brain imaging license in 1995.

Board Certifications/Licenses

Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry, April 1988

Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Psychiatry, October 1988

Medical Licenses: California 1983, Washington State 2003, Virginia 2003, Arizona 2009, New York 2009, Georgia 2012

Drug Enforcement Agency 1987

Radioactive Material License for Nuclear Brain Imaging, States of California 1995, Washington 2003, Virginia 2004

Professional Memberships

American Psychiatric Association

American Neuropsychiatric Association

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Ginsburg Fellow 1984-6

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