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Dr. Xavier Amador is an adjunct professor in Clinical Psychology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City and is on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). He is a clinical psychologist who treats adults, children, and adolescents in individual, couples and family therapy.

Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons; Director of Research at NAMI; and the Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. Amador has been an "NBC News Consultant" and "Today Show Contributor" and has also appeared regularly on numerous television programs as an expert on mental illness: e.g., NBC's Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, NBC Dateline NBC, Fox News Channel, Court TV, A&E Network, Discovery Channel, BBC, and PBS among others. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, USA Today, Reader’s Digest, the New Yorker, and other national print media. In addition to national media, he is frequently called upon for local TV, radio and newspaper interviews, both in the USA, and overseas.

He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and many other publications that include seven books; among them: ‘I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!’; When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Help Without Losing Yourself; Insight and Psychosis and Being Single in a Couples’ World. His books and other publications have been translated into 18 languages and are frequently cited by scientists and policy-makers worldwide.

He has consulted to the National Institute of Mental Health, Veteran's Administration, the U.S. Justice Department and other U.S. and foreign government agencies involved in mental health research and education.
Dr. Amador is also a forensic expert having worked on the Theodore Kaczynski case (a.k.a. the "Unabomber"), the Russell Weston case (a.k.a. the "Capitol Shooter"), the Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping case, the Abu Ghraib Iraqi prisoner abuse case, and the Zacarias Moussaoui case (a.k.a. the "Twentieth Hijacker") as well as other less highly publicized criminal cases.

Dr. Amador was co-chair of the last text revision of the Schizophrenia and related disorders section of the DSM IV-TR (often referred to as the "Psychiatrists' Bible").

Dr. Amador is in private practice in New York City. He has more than 20 years experience working with adults, children, families and couples in clinic, hospital and private practice settings.

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