Author | Ronald W. Pies, MD

Ronald W. Pies, MD

Dr Pies is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Lecturer on Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine; and Editor in Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times (2007-2010). Dr Pies is the author of several books. A collection of his works can be found on Amazon.


Masks, Machismo, and the American Man-Child

June 29, 2020


Given that face masks help prevent asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 and may also reduce the chances of anyone contracting the virus, wouldn’t any decent, responsible citizen put up with such a minor inconvenience? Apparently not.

Culture Wars, COVID-19, and Countertransference: What America’s Cultural Rifts Might Mean for Psychiatry

June 17, 2020


Although it may seem a bit of a luxury to begin an examination of countertransference at a time when life itself hangs in the balance, clinicians may be working with patients whose political views make it very difficult to address their emotional needs.

Freedom Does Not Mean Being on the Loose

May 15, 2020


Reflections on the anti-restriction protesters and hyper-individualists.

Care of the Soul in the Time of COVID-19

May 13, 2020


Beyond unsettling our minds, the current pandemic unsettles our souls in ways we are just beginning to understand. Just as the COVID-19 virus attacks the respiratory tract, the pandemic itself can assault the soul. Dr Pies identifies five manifestations of the crisis.

Matters of the Spirit

April 23, 2020


Ronald Pies, MD, offers advice on talking to patients about spirituality during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PsychPearls: Finding Comfort and Solace in These Unprecedented Times

April 10, 2020


As we face a medical and existential crisis, how do we find strength and cope with stress and trauma? A podcast with Ronald W. Pies, MD.

Silent Spring

April 03, 2020


Slipping out of quarantine, we walk hand in hand. Comforting words that this, too, shall pass.

Cruel, Immoral Behavior Is Not Mental Illness

February 24, 2020


How can a human being commit such acts without being under the influence of some powerful “alien” force? How can they not be "mentally ill"? Here's how.

Mass Shooters and the Psychopathology Spectrum

February 17, 2020


When it comes to mass shooters, persistent emotional disturbance is not the same as frank “mental illness.” Exploring the spectrum of psychopathology.

Can We Salvage the Biopsychosocial Model?

January 22, 2020


A reformulated biopsychosocial paradigm can be clinically useful. How? Keep reading.