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About Drew Ramsey

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, one psychiatry’s leading proponents of Nutritional Psychiatry and author of Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety (HarperWave 2021). 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 improve their mental health and mental fitness. His team offered the first Nutritional Psychiatry Clinician Training helping hundreds of mental health clinicians learn the evidence and clinical methods to effectively use nutrition. 

Dr. Ramsey is a compelling keynote speaker and conducts workshops nationally. He co-hosts Friday Sessions, an IGTV series on male mental health for Men’s Health Magazine and delivered 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 Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Lancet Psychiatry, and NPR. He is on the editorial board of Medscape Psychiatry and the advisory board of Men’s Health.

He is the author of four books concerning food and mental health, including the award-winning cookbook Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health (HarperWave 2016), the bestseller 50 Shades of Kale (HarperWave 2013) and The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood and Lean, Energized Body (Rodale 2011) which 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 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

Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research
  • The Author’s Guild
  • The American Society of Nutrition
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Specialties

  • 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, board-certified 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
  • Internal Family Systems Circle

Specialties

  • Clinical Treatment of Depression and Anxiety
  • Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Coaching
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Plant-based Cooking
  • Mindfulness and other wellness practices
  • Relationships, including ethical non-monogamy

“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

Specialties

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

About Emilie Berner

Emilie Berner, MA, IHC, is a health coach and chef. She has expertise teaching cooking & nutrition, and works with clients to better manage their health through dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Her coaching approach offers partnership, structure, accountability, and empowerment. She leverages the neuroscience of behavior modification, tools of mindfulness and open curiosity, as well as reflections and goal setting to create sustainable shifts so that her clients can live the way they want to.

Emilie received her Masters Degree in Food Studies from New York University, and her health coaching certification from Duke Integrative Medicine. She trained at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health Supportive Culinary Arts, and is the Chef & Coordinator at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Teaching Kitchen, where she also manages the organic garden. 

Education and Training

  • Barnard College, BA
  • New York University, MA
  • Duke Integrative Medicine, IHC
  • Natural Gourmet Institute, Chef

About Alex Kariotis

Alex Kariotis heads Operations and PR at Drew Ramsey MD. She graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and has a professional background in marketing. Alex has an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is working on a Master’s degree in Integrative Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health. 

Education & Training

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison BA
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition