Biography | Dr. Daniel Amen

Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life.  His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.

Sharecare named him the web’s #1 most influential expert and advocate on mental health and the Washington Post called him the most popular psychiatrist in America.

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, award-winning researcher, and 10-time New York Times bestselling author.  He is the Founder of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa, Walnut Creek, and Los Angeles, California, Bellevue, Washington, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York.

Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling more than 140,000 scans on patients from 120 countries.

Dr. Amen is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, but also the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.

Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects of “The Daniel Plan,” a program to get the world healthy through religious organizations that has been done in thousands of churches, mosques and synagogues.

Dr. Amen is the author or co-author of over 70 professional articles, seven book chapters, and over 30 books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Daniel Plan and the over one million copy bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, along with Healing ADD, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, The Brain Warrior’s Way and The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook.  

In September, Zonderkids published Dr. Amen’s new children’s book Captain Snout and the Superpower Questions, and in November 2017 Tyndale published two new books from Dr Amen, Memory Rescue, a Christian Book bestseller for two months, and Stones of Remembrances. In November 2018, Tyndale will publish Dr. Amen’s upcoming book, Feel Better Fast and Make It Last.

Dr. Amen’s published scientific articles have appeared in the prestigious journals of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Molecular Psychiatry, PLOS One, Nature’s Translational Psychiatry, Nature’s Obesity, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Minerva Psichiatrica, Journal of Neurotrauma, American Journal of Psychiatry, Nuclear Medicine Communication, Neurological Research, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Primary Psychiatry, Military Medicine, and General Hospital Psychiatry.

In January 2016, his team’s research on distinguishing PTSD from TBI was featured as one of the top 100 stories in science by Discover Magazine. In August 2017, his team published the world’s largest imaging study on over 46,000 scans showing the difference between male and female brains.

Dr. Amen has written, produced, and hosted 12 national public television program about brain health, which have aired more than 90,000 times across North America.  In November 2017 his new show, Memory Rescue debuted across North America.

Together with Barry Goldstein, Dr. Amen has produced two music albums The Brain Warrior’s Way Album (2016) and BRIGHT MINDS: Memory Rescue Music (2017) of brain enhancing sounds.  They both debuted on Billboard at #2 on the New Age Album chart.  BRIGHT MINDS: Memory Rescue Music spent 11 weeks on the Billboard charts.

Dr. Amen has appeared in movies, including After the Last Round and The Crash Reel and was a consultant for Concussion, starring Will Smith.  He has appeared regularly on The Dr. Oz Show, featured on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, and appeared in the Emmy winning show, The Truth About Drinking.  He has also spoken for the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard’s Learning and the Brain Conference, the Department of the Interior, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Supreme Courts of Delaware, Ohio and Wyoming. In 2016 Dr. Amen gave one of the prestigious Talks at Google.  Dr. Amen’s work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Men’s Health, Bottom Line, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan.

In 2010, Dr. Amen founded BrainMD, a fast-growing nutraceutical company dedicated to natural ways to support mental health and brain health.

Dr. Amen is married to Tana, the father of four children and grandfather to Elias, Emmy, Liam and Louie.  He is an avid table tennis player.