Robert Whitaker, USA

Journalist and Founder of IIPDW

Robert Whitaker is a journalist and the author of five books, three of which tell of the history of psychiatry and explore the scientific literature regarding the safety and efficacy of psychiatric drugs. Prior to writing books, Robert Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York. He also is the founder of, a website that features research news and blogs from an international group of writers interested in “rethinking psychiatry.” He spent a year as a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where he studied and wrote about American Psychiatry through the lens of institutional corruption.

Robert´s books include
Whitaker. R (2002). Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. Perseus Publishing.

Whitaker. R (2010). Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Crown.

Whitaker. R, Cosgrove L. (2015). Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform. Palgrave Macmillan.