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Thomson, MD

Andy Thomson, MD

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Dr. Thomson has been a part-time staff psychiatrist at CAPS since 1994.  His private practice is oriented toward individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry, and medication consultation.  He is the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction at the University of Virginia, which involves interdisciplinary interventions and research in large group ethnic and political conflict, primarily in the former Soviet Union.  He serves on the clinical faculty at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University.  He has publications on narcissistic personality disorder, evolutionary theories of depression, antidepressants, criminal bevaior, the function of serotonin, post-traumatic stress disorder, religion, suicide terrorism, and the psychology of racism.  In 2010 his work on an evolutionary theory of depression was featured in Scientific American Mind and in The New York Times Magazine, "Depression's Upside."  He co-authored Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder (2010).  He authored Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith (2011), which has been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Italian, Turkish, and Urdu.  His current research interest is evolutionary psychology and its application to clinical depression, antidepressant medications, relgious belief, well-being, reslience, suicide risk assessment, and psychiatric illness.