Peter Whitehouse is a professor of neurology and a former or current professor of psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, bioethics, history, nursing and organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University; professor of medicine at the University of Toronto; and president of Intergenerational Schools International. Whitehouse is a prevention-oriented, life course developmental neurologist. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and MD-PhD (psychology) from Johns Hopkins University. Field work at Harvard and Boston universities was followed by a fellowship in neuroscience and psychiatry and a faculty appointment at Hopkins.
In 1999 Whitehouse and his wife, Catherine, founded the Intergenerational School, a unique public, multiage, community school in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of hundreds of academic papers and book chapters on topics ranging from genetics and clinical issues to community, public health and ethics. His main focus is on eco-psycho-social models of health and aging and the cultural role of the arts, especially photography and dance. He occasionally performs as Sylvanus the Tree Doctor—a metaphorical creature that teaches humans about health.