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 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, and another year as a Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at Columbia.
He has written over 170 articles, both scientific and popular. His popular writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, the back-page essay for Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Daily Telegraph, L’Unita, UPI, Saturday Night, National Post, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Books in Canada, Gravitas, The Medical Post, The Melbourne Age, The Weekly Standard and the Chicago Sun-Times, and his work has been frequently anthologized in college texts as examples of how to write well.