Nutritional Psychiatry: Drew Ramsey, MD

by Julia Maziarz

Bio: “Drew Ramsey, MD is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. His work focuses on clinical excellence, nutritional interventions and creative media. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active telemedicine clinical practice based in New York City.

His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lancet Psychiatry, The Today Show, BBC, and NPR and he has given three TEDx talks. He is the co-author of the Antidepressant Food Scale and his e-courses on Nutritional Psychiatry education for the public and clinicians. His books Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety (Harperwave 2021), Eat Complete, 50 Shades of Kale, and The Happiness Diet explore the connections between mental health and nutrition. He is on the Advisory Board at Men’s Health, the Editorial Board at Medscape Psychiatry, and is a member of the Well+Good Wellness Council.”

Overview: Dr. Ramsey believes that everyone in mental health needs to start talking or thinking about nutrition in food. Nutrition is fundamental to neuroplasticity, meaning how our brains grow and change, and the most important nutrients for mental health are omega-3s, iron, and vitamin B12. His goal is to help people find a joyful existence with food that nourishes their brain and is achievable within the confines and parameters of their life. 

Website: drewramseymd.com

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Education & Background: 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.

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