Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley

Stephen Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Department Chair from 2004-2011. He is also Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychology at theUniversity of California, San Francisco.

He received his B.A. from Harvard (summa cum laude) and, after directing school programs and residential summer camps, his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA, before serving as a post-doc at the Langley Porter Institute of UCSan Francisco.

His work focuses on developmental psychopathology, clinical interventions with children and adolescents (particularly mechanisms underlying therapeutic change), and mental illness stigma. He has directed summer research programs and conducted clinical trials and longitudinal studies for boys and (more recently) for girls with inattention and impulse-control problems, along with many comorbid disorders, having received over $20 million in NIH funding. He has been Principal Investigator of the Berkeley site for the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA) since 1992.

Hinshaw has authored over 325 articles and chapters (h-index, Google Scholar = 101), plus 12 books, including The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change (Oxford, 2007), The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures (Random House, 2009), and (with R. Scheffler) The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medications, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance (Oxford, 2014). His newest book, with St. Martin’s Press—Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness— will appear in June, 2017. Overall, he was one of the 10 most productive scholars in the field of clinicalpsychology across the past decade.

From 2009-2014 he was editor of Psychological Bulletin, the most cited journal in general psychology. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Hinshaw received a Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Berkeley’s Division of Social Sciences in 2001. His Teaching Company (‘Great Lecture’) series, “Origins of the Human Mind,” was released in 2010.

His research efforts have been recognized by the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (2015), the James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science (2016)—its highest award, for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research—and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (2017).

He has been featured regularly in the media, including the New York Times,the Today Show, the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN,and many more. Hinshaw is currently promoting his new book “Another Kind of Madness.”

"In medicine and particularly in mental health, funding is urgently needed for both basic science--understanding the inner workings of cells (including neurons) and the unfathomable complexity of the brain--and clinical science, which deals with developing (and disseminating) evidence-based treatments for a range of disorders and conditions.

Back in the early 1970s Nixon declared a war on cancer--which was criticized because how could cancer be conquered if there wasn't even fundamental knowledge, at that time, about cell division, cell proliferation, and cell death. Arguably, now--with greater knowledge--clinical science can be promoted to battle cancer (but we still don't know all the relevant processes).

What about conquering mental illness clinically now? Some would argue that it's too early, as we still don't know enough about the brain and about mind-body connections. True, but on the other hand, today's evidence-based treatments for child, adolescent, and adult forms of mental illness do work--providing effects that, on average, are on par with the effects of most treatments for medical conditions. Alas, there are no cures yet for mental illness -- but there are not, either, for chronic, multifactorial illnesses, either (coronary disease, cancers, Alzheimer's, etc.). And it is a legitimate goal to develop, test, and better disseminate clinical treatments."

Stephen P. Hinshaw Ph.D.