Special Dialogue on Science, Psychiatry and Media between Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Dr. Eric R. Kandel, and Mr. Alan Alda

Sunday, May 4

4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Javits Convention Center, Hall E, Level 3 

Nobel Prize-Winning Psychiatrist, Dr. Eric R. Kandel, and famed actor and science communicator, Mr. Alan Alda, will discuss with APA President, Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, the impact of science and the media on psychiatry and how they will influence the future of mental health care.

Eric R. Kandel, M.D., University Professor & Kavli Professor of Brain Science, Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, and Psychiatry, Columbia University; Director, The Kavli Institute for Brain Science; Co-director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute; Senior Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Kandel is the only American psychiatrist to have received the Nobel Prize, which he did in 2000 for his discoveries concerning the cell and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory.

Alan Alda, a seven-time Emmy Award–winner, played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series, M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, and 30 Rock. He has 33 Emmy nominations as actor, writer, and director, and is a Television Hall of Fame inductee. He has starred in, as well as written and directed, many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator.  He has appeared often on the Broadway stage, where he received three Tony nominations. He has written two bestselling books, “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I’ve Learned”, and “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.”

His long-time interest in science and in promoting a greater public understanding of science led to his hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years, on which he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world. In 2010, he hosted a science series called The Human Spark, and in 2013 hosted Brains on Trial, both on PBS.  On Broadway, he appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the play QED. In 2002, he had the honor of giving the commencement talk at Caltech, where Feynman himself had delivered the commencement address 28 years earlier. In 2006, for his efforts in helping to broaden the public's understanding of science, he was presented with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award.  Since 2008, he has worked with physicist Brian Greene in presenting the annual World Science Festival in New York City, attended by almost a million people since its inception. He is a Visiting Professor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, where he helps develop innovative programs that enable scientists to communicate more effectively with the public. He’s the author of a play entitled “Radiance – the Passion of Marie Curie,” which had its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in November 2011.


    Eric R. Kandel, M.D.


              Alan Alda


Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.