Dr. Ramsey is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City where his work focuses on the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety. Using the latest brain science and nutritional research, modern treatments, and an array of delicious food he aims to help people live to their happiest, healthiest lives.
He is the co-creator of The Brain Food Scale, co-founder of National Kale Day 501(c)3, and a member of the medical review team at Dr. Oz’s webportal ShareCare. He frequently speaks and conducts workshops nationally, including two recent TEDx talks BrainFork and Brain Farmacy on food and brain health. His work and writing have been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Atlantic.com, Prevention, Lancet Psychiatry, and NPR, which named him a “kale evangelist.” His recent bestseller 50 Shades of Kale (HarperWave 2013) has made this superfood accessible to thousands. His first book, The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood and Lean, Energized Body (Rodale 2011) explored the impact of modern diets on brain health. Coming up next is Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health (HarperWave Spring 2016.)
Dr. Ramsey teaches and supervises Psychiatric Evaluation and in the Columbia University Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. He serves as a thesis mentor for graduate students at the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition where is also lectures on nutrition and the brain. From 2005 to 2008, he directed the Audubon Continuing Day Treatment Program, a bi-lingual service for the severely mentally ill located in the Washington Heights. He is a faculty member at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
Dr. Ramsey is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, received an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College.
Education and Training
- Board Certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 2005
- Adult Psychiatry: Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute 2001-2004
- Internship: New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2000-2001
- Doctor of Medicine: Indiana University School of Medicine 1996-2000
- B.A. Biology: Earlham College, Phi Beta Kappa 1992-1996
- American Psychiatric Association
- International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research
- The Author’s Guild
- The American Society of Nutrition
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Clinical Treatment of Depression and Anxiety
- Nutrition and Mental Health
- Alternative and Complimentary Treatments of Mood Disorders
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy