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About Drew Ramsey

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He founded the Brain Food Clinic in New York City, offering treatment and consultation for depression, anxiety and emotional wellness concerns. The clinic incorporates evidence-based nutrition and integrative psychiatry treatments with psychotherapy, coaching, and responsible medication management. Using the latest in brain science, nutrition and mental health research, and an array of delicious food, the clinic helps people live joyful, fulfilled lives. His recently launched ecourse Eat To Beat Depression helps patients and families boost mood and their brain’s nutrition.

Dr. Ramsey is a compelling keynote speaker and conducts workshops nationally. His media work includes three recent TEDx talks, a video series with Big Think, and the BBC documentary Food on the Brain. His work and writing have been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post,, Prevention, Lancet Psychiatry, and NPR, which named him a “kale evangelist.” He is a member of the Well+Good Wellness Council, the editorial board of Medscape Psychiatry, the advisory board of Men’s Health, and the co-founder of National Kale Day.

He is the author of three books, most recently the award-winning cookbook Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health (HarperWave 2016). His recent bestseller 50 Shades of Kale (HarperWave 2013) made this superfood accessible to thousands. The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood and Lean, Energized Body (Rodale 2011) explores the impact of modern diets on brain health.

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. He lives with his wife and two children in New York City and on their 127 acre organic farm in rural Indiana.

Education & Training

  • Board Certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Adult Psychiatry: Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Internship: New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Doctor of Medicine: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • B.A. Biology: Earlham College, Phi Beta Kappa


  • 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

“Dr. Ramsey delivered an awe-inspiring message with an uncanny ability to connect with attendees. It was clear he was thoughtful in his delivery and had clearly spent time crafting his presentation to specifically target our audience while remaining true to his key message of brain health. Brain health and body health are inextricably tied together and Dr. Ramsey drove that message home with passion and positive energy. I would strongly recommend that everyone, in any industry, consider Dr. Ramsey’s amazing message.”

Bret Erickson
President & CEO – Texas International Produce Association

About Samantha Elkrief

Samantha Elkrief, LMSW is a therapist, holistic health coach and health-supportive chef. She is an action-oriented supportive psychotherapist and has trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and incorporates various mind-body practices into her clinical work. She is the clinical coordinator at the Brain Food Clinic and works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, work life balance, and unhealthy relationships with food.   Using Food as Medicine, she helps patients find a place of contentment and ease with food. She has expertise in plant-based diets, nutritional support for mental health and frequently works with clients with food sensitivities, allergies, and other medical concerns.   Samantha received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and her health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She trained as a chef at The Natural Gourmet Institute, where she also teaches.   She regularly appears as a guest on podcasts and her work has been featured in the New York Times, NY Post, MindBodyGreen, Social Work Today, Eat Up New York, and on NBC.

Education & Training

  • Stony Brook University, BA
  • Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Natural Gourmet Institute Apprenticeship
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Beck Institute, CBT for Depression


  • Clinical Treatment of Depression and Anxiety
  • Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Coaching
  • Cooking for Beginners
  • Cooking with allergies and sensitivities
  • Mindfulness and other wellness practices

“Before working with Samantha, dealing with health issues was a source of anxiety for me. I felt confused, frustrated, and afraid. Within one or two sessions I was able to start relating to my health in a different way. Because of her partnership I found great doctors, got to the bottom of my health challenges, and it became fun and enjoyable to take better care of myself. Samantha brings light, joy, and love to what can otherwise feel like a dark and difficult process.”

About Xiaojue Hu

Xiaojue Hu, MD is a psychiatrist, therapist, and researcher. She is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, where she conducts psychedelic research investigating the impact of psilocybin on depression.

Dr. Hu incorporates a humanistic, holistic approach to psychiatric practice through psychotherapy and responsible medication management. She has an insight-oriented, trauma-informed style that aims to treat clients from a whole perspective, integrating considerations on diet, lifestyle, beliefs, sociocultural contexts, as well as neurochemistry. Her areas of expertise and interest include cultural psychiatry (such as issues around identity, migration, race), women’s mental health, spirituality, and integrative approaches to mental health. Dr. Hu is also trained in psychedelic integration therapy and Focusing, a mind-body therapeutic approach.

Dr. Hu is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She completed her adult psychiatry residency and fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at NYU. She is a graduate of the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University, where she received her M.D. and a B.A. in comparative literature. She has appeared on podcasts and radio shows, and has also been featured in GQ and World Journal.

Education & Training

  • Board Certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Adult Psychiatry: New York University School of Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University B. A. Comparative Literature: Brown University


  • Clinical Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
  • Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Psychedelic Integration
  • Focusing-oriented psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy