Dr. Allen Frances is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and former Chair at Duke University. He was previously chair of the DSM IV Task Force and played an instrumental role in the preparation of DSM III.

He was described by the New York Times as “the most powerful psychiatrist in America” and is the author of the internationally best-selling book Saving Normal, winner of three book awards.

His other recent book, Essentials Of Psychiatric Diagnosis, provides the clearest guide to the use and misuse of psychiatric diagnosis.

Dr. Frances blogs regularly on Huffington Post, Psychiatric Times, Psychology Today, and Education Update. He also Tweets @AllenFrancesMD.
  • Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

    Former Chair at Duke University

    Former Chair of the DSM IV Task Force

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