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Irving Kirsch

Last name
PhD, Prof., psychologist

Los Angeles City College 1968-70, A.A., Psychology
California State University, Los Angeles 1970-72, B.A., Psychology
University of Southern California 1972-75, M.A., Ph.D., Psychology
University of Basil 2015, Doctorate in Psychology (Hon)
Professional Positions
Associate Director, Program in Placebo Studies, Harvard Medical School, Beth
Deaconess Israel Medical Center, 2011 – present
Lecturer on Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2011 – present
Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth, 2019 – present
Professor Emeritus, University of Hull, 2010 – present m
Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut, 2003 – present
Professor Emeritus, University of Plymouth, 2014 – 2019
Professor of Psychology, Plymouth University, 2011 – 2014
Professor, University of Hull, 2007 - 2010
Professor, University of Plymouth, 2004 – 2007.
Professor, University of Connecticut, 1985 - 2003.
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, 1981 - 1985.
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, 1975-1981.
Private Practice, psychotherapy and psychotherapy supervision, Mansfield,
Connecticut, 1977-1999.
Psychology Intern, Los Angeles County Mental Health Service, 1974 - 1975.
Instructor, California State University, Los Angeles, 1973 to 1974.
Psychology Trainee, V. A. Hospital, Brentwood, CA, 1972-1973.

Arlington, Massachusetts, USA
Member of ISH


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Publication Summary
10 books
44 book chapters
288 articles, including: New England Journal of Medicine, PLoS Medicine, World Psychiatry, American Psychologist (3 articles and 4 commentaries), Psychological Bulletin (2 articles and 2 commentaries), Science Translational Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2 articles), British Medical Journal (4 articles), JAMA Psychiatry, Psychological Science (3 articles), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (9 articles), NeuroImage (3 articles), Journal of Neuroscience (2 articles), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (8 articles), Journal of Abnormal Psychology (5 articles), Pain (4 articles and 1 commentary), Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (3 articles), Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychopharmacology, Biological Psychiatry, Behavioral Neuroscience, Archives of General Psychiatry.

Research areas
Placebo effects, depression, antidepressants, acupuncture, suggestion, suggestibility, automaticity, memory, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, hypnosis, anxiety, history and philosophy of psychology.

Media Coverage Summary

Press: Front page coverage in most UK dailies. Feature articles in New York Review of Books, New York Times, Newsweek (2 articles, including the featured cover article on 29 January 2010), Science, New Scientist, Discover Magazine, New Yorker, Science News, and Mother Jones. Extensive international press coverage.

Television and Radio: Featured in documentaries on 60 Minutes, BBC2, HBO, The Discovery Channel, and ITV. Extensive international coverage on radio and television news programs. Numerous TV and radio interviews.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Living Human Treasure Award, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2019.
  • Honorary doctorate in psychology, University of Basel, November 27, 2015.
  • The Emperor’s New Drugs: shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year award, 2010.
  • Faculty: The International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, 2003-
  • Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence, International Society of Hypnosis, 2003
  • Scientific Contributions in Hypnosis Award, American Psychological Association Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis), 2003.
  • President, American Psychological Association Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis) 1993-1994
  • Presidential Award. Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 1999.
  • Honorary member, Romanian Association of Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapy.
  • Bernard B. Raginsky Award for Leadership and Achievement. Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 1999.
  • Northeast Magazine Connecticut Bloomer Award (given to people who have greatly contributed to the quality of life in Connecticut), 1999.
  • University of Connecticut Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, 1993, a university-wide award, given to one teacher per year. Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, 1993
  • Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee, International Society of Hypnosis, 1997-2000.
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Grammy" award nomination Best Comedy Recording, 1974, The Missing White House Tapes produced by Irving Kirsch and Vic Dinnerstein.
Presentations/ teachings

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