Norman Doidge

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Researcher, Best Selling Author, Essayist and Poet


Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York. He is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers. He lives in Toronto.

After winning the E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry at age 19, Doidge won early recognition from the literary critic Northrop Frye, who wrote that his work was “really remarkable… haunting and memorable.” At the University of Toronto, he studied classics and philosophy, and graduated with high distinction, then earned his medical degree. In New York, he simultaneously completed psychiatric and psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, followed by two years as a Columbia-National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow, studying research techniques, and another year as a Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at Columbia.

When he is not doing research and writing, Dr. Doidge is a frequent keynote lecturer in North America, Europe, and Australia. He has lectured at major universities including conferences sponsored by Harvard, MIT, Yale, and in Princeton, New Jersey. He has presented his research at the United Nations, the White House, Washington D.C., London School of Economics, Royal Society of Arts London, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin, The East West Pain Conference Neuroscience Research Institute, Peking University, Beijing, Goethe University, Frankfurt Germany, the Genoa Science Festival, McLuhan Galaxy Celebration, Universita La Splenza, Roma, Italy, among others. He has lectured throughout Europe, Australia, South Africa, the United States, and Canada.


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