John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and Author, as well a Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured throughout the world and published 60 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry.
Dr. Ratey has authored A User's Guide to the Brain (2000) and co-authored Shadow Syndromes (1997) with Catherine Johnson, PhD. From 1994 to 2005, he co-authored Driven to Distraction (1994), Answers to Distraction (1995) and Delivered from Distraction (2005) with Edward Hallowell, MD, all published by Pantheon/Random House. Additionally, he has edited several books including The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders (1994), published by Blackwell Scientific.
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, released in 2008, published by Little Brown. In Spark, Dr. Ratey guides the reader to an understanding of neurobiology and inspires the reader to reach for their potential, and embrace exercise that is crucial for the brain and body to operate at peak performance. Spark is fueling a movement to re-engineer school practices and medical recommendations to establish curriculum, lifestyles, and corporate practices based on scientific principles. Providing the scientific foundation and research data, Dr Ratey has been drafted into the groundswell of those whose mission it is to revitalize schools, combat the obesity crisis, stave off the encroaching epidemic of a sedentary lifestyle, by returning to evolutionary principles of physical exercise and proper diet thereby combating syndrome X, the underlying causation of much chronic disease.
"Dr. Ratey's work is going to save physical education, by reforming it. Exercise and the youth of this generation will be the vanguard that will lead the nation back to health." Phil Lawler, Architect of the Naperville PE Project.
Each year since 1995, Dr. Ratey’s peers have voted him one of the Best Doctors in America. In his dedication to change the world, Dr. Ratey has made it his mission to broadcast life changing science and establish the best practice policies in our schools and other organizations to reclaim human health