Drew Westen is a clinical, personality, and political psychologist and neuroscientist, and professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University. He is the founder and principal of Westen Strategies, a strategic messaging firm, and recently began writing a column for The New York Times. Previously, he taught at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Medical School.
Westen is the author of three books and more than 200 scientific articles on topics ranging from personality disorders and adolescent psychiatry to political psychology and psychological anthropology. His book, The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, has had a substantial impact on messaging strategies in politics and business in the United States and around the world.
He frequently comments on political and psychological issues on radio, television, and in print, in venues such as CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, and PBS. He has advised a range of candidates and organizations, from presidential and congressional campaigns to Fortune 500 companies and major nonprofit organizations, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the AFL-CIO, the AARP, Media Matters, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Resources Defense Council, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and the Democratic House and Senate caucuses. He also co-leads media and message training programs for progressive commentators on television and radio and with members of Congress.