Thomas R. Insel, MD

Co-founder and President, Mindstrong Health

Thomas R. Insel, MD's Bio

Thomas R. Insel, MD, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is a co-founder and president of Mindstrong Health. From 2002-2015, he served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health committed to research on mental disorders. Prior to serving as NIMH director, he was a professor of psychiatry at Emory University, where he was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience in Atlanta. From 2015 to 2017, he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences).

Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards, including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.

Recent Work

  • To Help People with Mental Illness, Keep Them in School

    In the struggle to help people with mental illness cope with their affliction, a powerful long term tool has been overlooked: school. Seth Seabury and Thomas Insel write on the importance of education in expanding opportunities for patients with serious mental illness.

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