Dr. Norman Rosenthal was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and attended the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained his medical degree with high honors. He moved to the United States and was resident and chief resident at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and the New York Psychiatric Institute. He conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health for over 20 years. It was there that he led the team that described Seasonal Affective Disorder and pioneered the use of light therapy to treat it.

Dr. Rosenthal has maintained a private practice in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for over thirty years, where he treats a wide variety of psychiatric problems using many forms of therapy. Dr. Rosenthal was awarded the prestigious Anna Monika Foundation Research prize for his contribution to research in treating depression. He has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America and as one of this country’s top psychiatrists.

He is the author or co-author of over 200 professional articles and six popular books, including The Gift of Adversity, Transcendence, Winter Blues, The Emotional Revolution, St. John’s Wort and How to Beat Jet Lag.

Dr. Rosenthal and his work have been widely covered in the popular media and he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, National Public Radio and many other forums.

My patients have inspired my research, and my research has inspired my writing.

Current Positions -

Regular Speaking Engagements

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown Medical School

Private practice in Bethesda, Maryland (Psychiatry and Coaching)

Past Positions -

Research Fellow, Researcher and Senior Researcher, National Institute of Mental Health, July 1979 to December 1999

Resident and Chief Resident in Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

Internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery, Johannesburg General Hospital

M.B. B.Ch. (equivalent of M.D.) University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Honors and Awards –

Graduated medical school with first class honors (equivalent of summa cum laude)

A.P.A. New York District Branch prize for paper written by a resident

Psychiatric Institute Alumni Prize for best research performed by Psychiatric Institute Resident

Public Health Service Commendation Medal

Anna Monika Foundation Award for Depression Research