Johnathan Leo, Ph.D. bio

Jonathan Leo, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Leo, Ph.D., currently serves as Associate Dean of Students and Professor of Neuroanatomy at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). Dr. Leo received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Iowa, where he studied the effect of drugs on the developing brain. He received his B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

His numerous articles have focused on the problems with the evidence base used to support the often promoted chemical theories of mental illness, the genetic theory of schizophrenia, and the idea that children with ADHD have smaller brains. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Mind and Behavior, Society, Psychiatric Times, and PLOS Medicine. He is the past editor-in-chief of Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. He is also the Co-Editor, along with Sami Timimi, of the recently released book Rethinking ADHD published by Palgrave. In 2009, his short letter to the BMJ earned him the title Dr. Nobody from the Editors of JAMA.

Selected recent articles:

Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific Literature

The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

JAMA, Free Speech, and Conflicts of Interest