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Frederick K. Goodwin

Frederick K. Goodwin
Born (1936-04-21) April 21, 1936
Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation Psychiatrist, Research professor
Spouse(s) Rosemary Goodwin, MSW

Frederick King Goodwin (born April 21, 1936[1]) is an American psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of

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With Kay Redfield Jamison, Goodwin wrote Manic-Depressive Illness, the first psychiatric text to win the "Best Medical Book" award from the Association of American Publishers and Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression. In addition, Dr. Goodwin has authored over 470 academic papers.



The Infinite Mind program, which was independently produced and distributed, was slated to end its production at the end of 2008 due to a lack of funding. Nevertheless, following the controversy, NPR cancelled the broadcast of reruns of the show on its Sirius Satellite Radio channel.[11]

In 2008, Sen. Charles Grassley (IA-R) conducted investigations regarding possible conflicts of interest between various academic psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies. Goodwin issued a statement that The New York Times article and the follow-up editorial were filled with misstatements of fact and false implications.[16] Grassley said in regard to a 2008 show in which Goodwin took part: "“After listening to a recording of the show, it appeared to me that the real effect of this particular episode was to undercut any criticism that antidepressants might be linked to an increased risk of suicide."[17]

Bill Lichtenstein, the senior executive producer of the show, said that Goodwin had not disclosed payments from pharmaceutical companies, in violation of a strict conflict of interest contract. Goodwin said that Lichtenstein was aware of his educational speaking and consulting activities for pharmaceutical companies, and that in 2005 Goodwin had switched to guest host and let [15]

Goodwin was also on the board of directors of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, an "industry-funded front, or "Astroturf" group, which receives a majority of its funding from drug companies." and the radio show was also directly part-funded by pharmaceutical companies which was also not disclosed.[13]

An article in The New York Times (Nov. 21, 2008)[12] said that Goodwin had hosted programs that recommended the use of drugs, without disclosing that he had received over a million dollars from their manufacturers.

The Infinite Mind

The acknowledgements to Goodwin's 'Manic Depressive Illness' states that: "During the time that this book was in preparation, Dr. Goodwin received research support from Foundation for Education and Research on Mental Illness, the Dalio Family Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Solvay. He has received honoraria from GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Solvay, and Eli Lilly and unrestricted educational grants to support the production of this book from Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Forest Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Sanofi".

Pharmaceutical company links

Since retiring from government, Goodwin has been actively involved in educating other psychiatrists through continuing medical education (CME) programs and pharmaceutical speakers' bureaus.

Goodwin hosted the award-winning radio show The Infinite Mind. Started in 1997, the show (which at its height aired on over 300 public radio stations throughout the country), won more than 30 journalism awards over 10 years and was considered “public radio’s most honored and listened to health and science program."

Goodwin published 'Manic Depressive Illness' in 1990 with Kay Redfield Jamison, republished in 2007, which is considered a classic in the field.

Goodwin is a recipient of the major research awards in his field including the Hofheimer Prize from the American Psychiatric Association, the International Anna-Monika Prize for Research in Depression, the Edward A. Strecker Award,[9] the Nola Maddox Falcone Prize from NARSAD (now known as the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation),[10] the McAlpin Research Award from the National Mental Health Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He was the first recipient of the Psychiatrist of the Year from Psychiatric Times, and the Fawcett Humanitarian Award of the NDMDA (now the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Goodwin was one of only five psychiatrists on the Current Contents list of the most frequently cited scientists in the world and one of 12 listed in The Best Doctors in the U.S.[11] Another focus of Goodwins' research was in SAD (seasonal affective disorder) where he enthusiastically endorsed the used of light therapy to assist with combating the debilitating effects of SAD a form of depression.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences[7] and a fellow of the ACNP. He is a founder of the journal Psychiatry Research, and on the editorial boards of a number of other journals. He was president of the Psychiatric Research Society, elected in 1998.[8]

In July 1988, he was appointed by President Reagan's VP, George H. W. Bush to head ADAMHA, the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration,[6] from which he resigned following controversy over his "Violence Initiative" where he used the word "monkey" in the text of one of his slides relating to his comments about inner-city youth and, by making the analogous comparison to primate behavioral studies, how they were prone to similar atavistic behavior due to the prevailing environmental conditions. Even though the term was grossly misinterpreted by the press, the immediate aftermath created a storm of controversy and attacks by other scientists within NIMH, the press and congress which eventually forced Goodwin out as director of ADMHA. After a short time period following the perceived misstep, he was reprimanded in the form of being appointed by then DHHS Secretary Sullivan, to head NIMH, a small step down, from 1992 until resigning in 1994. Goodwin had been on a consistent upward trajectory and had he avoided the controversy, its very possible he could have ascended to director of NIH which was one of his ambitions or even possibly secretary of HHS.

Goodwin was born in National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and served as NIMH Scientific Director and Chief of Intramural Research from 1981 to 1988. He was the first to report a controlled study on the effects of lithium in bipolar disorder.[4][5]

Life and career


  • Life and career 1
  • Pharmaceutical company links 2
    • The Infinite Mind 2.1
  • Awards 3
  • Publications 4
  • References 5

[3]) and recurrent depression.manic-depressive illness (also known as bipolar disorder where he is also director of the Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress, and Society. He is a specialist in [2]

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