Daniel G. Amen, MD is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, bestselling author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) in   Newport Beach  and   Fairfield, California, Tacoma, Washington  and Reston, Virginia .

ACI is the world leader in applying brain imaging science to clinical practice.   ACI has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans related to psychiatric medicine, now totaling more than 50,000 scans, and the clinics have seen patients from 75 countries.

Dr. Amen is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the   University  of   California, Irvine School of Medicine, where he teaches medical students and psychiatric residents about using brain imaging in clinical practice.

Dr. Amen is the author of 35 professional articles, 4 book chapters and 23 books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind At Any Age.   He is also the author of Healing ADD, Healing The Hardware Of The Soul, Making A Good Brain Great, The Brain in Love, and the co-author of Healing Anxiety And Depression and Preventing Alzheimer’s.   In February 2010, Harmony Books will publish Dr. Amen’s new book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He has also written and produced three recent blockbuster fundraising shows for public television, raising more than 16 million dollars.   Dr. Amen, together with The United Paramount Network and Leeza Gibbons, produced a show called The Truth About Drinking, on alcohol education for teenagers, which won an Emmy Award for the Best Educational Television Show.

Dr. Amen, together with his son-in-law, Jesse Payne, has developed a 12 week high school course on practical neuroscience called Making A Good Brain Great. The course is now being taught in 40 states and 7 countries.

A small sample of the organizations Dr. Amen has spoken for include: the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard’s Learning and the Brain Conference, the Million Dollar Round Table, and the Supreme Courts of Delaware, Ohio  and Wyoming.   Dr. Amen has been featured in Parade Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan.   He is on the editorial board of Men’s Health Magazine.

Dr. Amen is married, father of four children, and an avid table tennis player.


  •  California State Champion, Persuasive Oratory 1976

  • Member, Orange Coast College Forensic Team with 15 awards and certificates.

  • Elected to Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society 1976.

  • Orange Coast College Leadership Award 1976.

  • SCC Student Graduation Speaker 1978

  • Chosen as a Sol W. Ginsburg Fellow in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, serving on the Psychiatry in Industry committee and the Publications Board (1985-1986).

  • First prize winner, 1984 Baltimore-District of Columbia Institute for Psychoanalysis essay contest on "Psychodynamic Principles in the Treatment of Medical or Psychiatric Patients."

  • Awarded the General William C. Menninger Memorial Award for the best paper presented by a psychiatric resident at the annual General William C. Menninger Military Psychiatry Course The award was presented by Karl Menninger, M.D.

  • Marie H. Eldridge Award by the American Psychiatric Association 1987 for research.

  • Elected Orange Coast College Hall of Fame, April 2001

  • Vanguard University Outstanding Alumnus Award 2002

  • Emmy Award Winning Appearance on The Truth About Drinking, United Paramount Network

  • Emmy Award Nomination for PTSD and EMDR, KCBS in Los Angeles

  • Prism Award Nomination for America Undercover, Small Town Ecstasy

  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2005

  • Making A Good Brain Great, One of the Best Books of 2005 Amazon

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner for Making A Good Brain Great 2006

  • NY Times Bestsellers, two at one time, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind At Any Age


  • National Public Television Special, CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR BODY, February 2010

  • National Public Television Special, THE BRAIN IN LOVE, 2009

  • National Public Television Special, MAGNIFICENT MIND AT ANY AGE, 2008

  • National Public Television Special, CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR LIFE 2008

  • WHICH BRAIN DO YOU WANT, DVD, MindWorks Press, 2004

  • PREVENTING ALZHEIMER’S, DVD, MindWorks Press, 2004


  • HEALING ADD, DVD, MindWorks Press, 2003



Television/Radio Appearances

  • Dr. Oz Show

  • Celebrity Rehab, Season 3

  • National Public Television Special: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

  • National Public Television Special: Magnificent Mind At Any Age

  • National Public Television Special: The Brain In Love

  • National Public Radio, NeuroLaw

  • Extra TV Life Changer Segments

  • The Today Show X3, last time 9/09 with Bill Cosby

  • The View with Barbara Walters X2

  • Good Morning America X2

  • The Early Show X3

  • Larry King Live X2

  • Fox News

  • Jane Pauley Show

  • CNN, CNN International, Behind the Mind, CNN Headline News, multiple appearances

  • 48 Hours

  • Northwest Afternoon, ABC Seattle, Sex on the Brain

  • KCBS in Los Angeles, PTSD and EMDR ““ nominated for Emmy Award

  • HBO, America Undercover, Small Town Ecstasy ““ nominated for Prism Award

  • PAX

  • Discovery Channel News: Inside the Mind of a Killer

  • Lifetime Television for Women, Speaking of Women’s Health


  • UPN’s The Truth About Drinking w/Leeza Gibbons ““ Emmy Award Winning Show

  • The Leeza Show

  • 700 Club, on drug abuse

  • The Discovery Channel’s show Next Step

  • CNN’s Sonja Live

  • Nitebeat Boston

  • CBS News LA ““ Emmy nominated segment on Imaging and EMDR for PTSD

  • ABC, NBC and CBS News, San Francisco

  • Over 500 radio interviews worldwide