Jerome Wakefield, DSW, PhD

Jerome WakefieldJerome C. Wakefield is University Professor, Professor of Social Work, and Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry, as well as Affiliate Faculty in Bioethics and in the Center For Ancient Studies, at New York University. His areas of research include validity of psychiatric diagnostic criteria, psychiatric epidemiology, and integrative clinical theory.

Dr. Wakefield holds two doctorates, in social work and philosophy, and a masters degree in mathematics with a specialization in logic and methodology of science, all from University of California at Berkeley. A licensed clinical practitioner, he held both a predoctoral NIMH traineeship in Human Development Research at Langley-Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute at San Francisco Medical Center and a 3-yar NIMH postdoctoral traineeship in Mental Health Services Research at the Institute for Health Care Policy at Rutgers University. His postdoctoral training also included fellowships in women’s studies at Brown University and in cognitive science at Berkeley. Before coming to NYU in 2003, Dr. Wakefield held faculty positions at University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University.

Dr. Wakefield is the author of over 150 publications appearing in journals in psychiatry, psychology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and social work. His scholarship focuses on the conceptual foundations of the mental health professions, especially the concept of mental disorder and the validity of DSM diagnostic criteria. He is the co-author, with Rutgers sociologist Allan Horwitz, of “The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder” (Oxford, 2007), named best psychology book of 2007 by the American Association of Professional and Scholarly Publishers. He is currently at work on a book on Freud’s case of Little Hans.

Dr. Wakefield has been a peer reviewer for, among other journals, American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of General Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Medicine, American Psychologist, Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, Transcultural Psychiatric Research Review, Philosophy of Science, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and Psychoanalytic Psychology.