In his work as an academician, clinician, researcher and author, Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., advocates practicing an integrative approach to psychiatry and treating the patient as a whole person.
Currently, Gabbard is Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. Yet, psychiatry and psychoanalysis have been pursuits since childhood.
"When I was about 10, I remember my mother reading Freud and discussing The Interpretation of Dreams at the dinner table. A lot of conversations revolved around psychoanalytic ideas," he told Psychiatric Times. In fact, "my mother [Lucina Paquet Gabbard] wrote a book on a psychoanalytic interpretation of Harold Pinter's plays [Dream Structure of Pinter's Plays: a Psychoanalytic Approach 1976; Fairleigh Dickinson University Press]."
For Gabbard, psychiatry and drama have been inextricably intertwined. He attended Northwestern University, University of Texas and Eastern Illinois University during his undergraduate years, majoring in theater.
"I found that much of my interest in drama was the psychology of the characters in the play. That drew me into wanting to know what motivated people."