I’m a doctor of medicine and a doctor of science, and I live today in between France – where I lecture at the Faculty of medicine of the University of Lyon I – and the United States, where I’m a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.
Until 2001, I ran the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburg’s Shadyside hospital. I was also the doctor in charge of coordinating the Psychiatric service of the hospital and the director of the program teaching Behavioral Sciences.
I obtained my doctorate in medicine from Laval University in Canada and from the Faculty of Medicine of the Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris, France. I did my internship in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at McGill University’s Royal Victoria Hospital (Canada), and I obtained one of the first doctorates in the United States in Neurocognitive Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg. Following that, I worked at the University of Pittsburg’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
In Pittsburgh, together with Dr. Jonathan Cohen (who is now director of the Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior of the University of Princeton), I co-founded the Laboratory of Clinical Neurocognitive Sciences that we ran together for eight years. My research dealt with computer modeling of cognition and emotions through networks of neurones, and with the study of links between the limbic system and the pre-frontal cortex using techniques of functional cerebral imaging.
In 1998 I began participating in clinical and fundamental research at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburg. Our work aimed to clarify the efficacy and the mechanisms for action of a body of medical techniques termed “complementary” or “alternative”.
During my academic career I was the author of more than 90 scientific articles and my work received several awards. I was invited to give lectures at other universities, including Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, et Cambridge.
Following the Gulf War in the 1990s, I also did a little humanitarian work. I was a doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Kurdistan in 1991, and then a volunteer, again with MSF, in Guatemala, India (Tibetan refugees), Tadjikistan and Kosovo. I was a co-founder and member of the first board of directors of Medecins Sans Frontieres US and I remained active on the board of directors from 1991 to 2000.
Since 1998, I’ve had a regular column in Psychologies magazine, which is run by my uncle, Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber. He has constantly encouraged me to share my ideas about medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy with the wider public.
Since June 2000, I’ve also participated in the OECD council of experts in “education sciences and brain research”, which looks at new neuroscientific research and proposes ways to apply it with new directions in education policy. I am the consultant to the council on the issue of emotional intelligence.