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Norman Rosenthal, MD
Norman Rosenthal, MD

    Dr. Norman Rosenthal is best known as the psychiatrist and scientist who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression, and pioneered the use of light in its treatment during his long and distinguished career as a National Institute of Mental Health researcher. For this work he was awarded the prestigious Anna Monika Award, an international prize for research in depression. He has conducted extensive research into disorders of mood, sleep and biological rhythms, which resulted in over 200 scholarly publications.

    Besides his scholarly writings, Dr. Rosenthal has also written several books for the general public, including Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder: What It Is and How to Overcome It (Guilford, 1998); How to Beat Jet Lag: A Practical Guide for Air Travelers (Holt, 1993; co-author); and St. John's Wort: The Herbal Way to Feeling Good (HarperCollins, 1998). His latest book is The Emotional Revolution: How the New Science of Feelings Can Transform Your Life (Kensington, 2002).

    Dr. Rosenthal's skill at communicating complex scientific material in a way that is both readily understandable and engaging has made him a popular TV and radio guest. He has appeared on many national shows, including, to name a few, television's Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS Morning News, CNN and ESPN, and on National Public Radio's Fresh Air and All Things Considered.

    A former senior researcher in psychiatry and psychobiology at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Rosenthal is the medical director of Capital Clinical Research Associates (CCRA) and maintains an active private practice in suburban Maryland. He has been listed among The Best Doctors in America and in the Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists. He also serves as a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Rosenthal earned his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, an performed his internship in internal medicine and surgery at the Johannesburg General Hospital. He completed his residency and served time as chief resident in psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

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