J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy) is a psychiatrist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also a staff psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia Student Health Services, as well as theInstitute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. He is the forensic psychiatrist for Region Ten Community Services.
Andy received his B.A. from Duke University (1970), M.D. from the University of Virginia (1974) and did his adult psychiatry training at University of Virginia. (1974-77). His private practice is oriented toward individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry, and medication consultation.
He served as the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction at the University of Virginia, which involved interdisciplinary intervention and research in large group ethnic and political conflict. Dr. Thomson has publications on narcissistic personality disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the psychology of racism, religion, psychobiographical essays on Robert E. Lee and Lee Harvey Oswald, depression, bipolar disorder, and forensic psychiatry. His current research interest is in the area of evolutionary psychology and using its principles to understand depression, suicide terrorism, and religious belief.
With Russ Federman he recently published Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult’s Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder.
In June 2011, with Clare Aukofer, he published Why We Believe In God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith. Foreword by Richard Dawkins.
Since 2008, he has had the privilege of serving as a trustee for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science US.
Subtopics: Mental illness, Psychology of religion
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