Daniel Amen, MD

Dr. Daniel Amen. Dr. Daniel Amen


Dr. Daniel Amen is a double-board-certified psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist. Since 1989, he has been treating patients of all ages who have dealt with a vast range of mental health conditions. Through two-and-a-half decades of using SPECT brain imaging as an adjunct tool for evaluating patients, he now knows that brain health is central to all health and success. Along with his colleagues at Amen Clinics, he has learned that most disorders and conditions affecting the brain are not simple or single mental health disorders, but rather they often are multiple sub-types. Understanding how a person’s brain works is the key to finding the most effective treatment for each individual. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives. 

You can read a little more about his clinical experience in the section below.


The Washington Post wrote that Dr. Amen is the most popular psychia­trist in America and Sharecare named him the Web’s number one most influential expert and advocate on mental health.

Dr. Amen 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 his upcoming book, 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.



1974-1975   University of Maryland, West Germany Campus

1975-1976   Orange Coast College, Associates of Arts Degree

1976-1978   Southern California College (now Vanguard University), Bachelor of Arts Degree


1978-1982   Oral Roberts University, Doctor of Medicine Degree


1982-1983: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Medical Internship, Washington, DC

1983-1985: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Psychiatric Residency Training, Washington, DC

1985-1987: Child, Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii

1991-1995: 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

A Word From Daniel Amen, MD

“What if brain health was mental health?”

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