Xavier Amador

Xavier Amador, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. His books, published clinical research, worldwide speaking tours and extensive work in schizophrenia, bipolar and other disorders have been translated into 30 languages. He is also the CEO of the Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia and a family caregiver of two close relatives with serious mental illness.

Author of many popular books, including I’m Right, You’re Wrong, Now What?; I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!; and When Someone You Love Is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself, Amador draws on 30 years of experience as a therapist, his personal story and published scientific research when giving advice.

From 1989 to 2002, Amador was on the medical school faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2002, Amador resigned from a tenured faculty position at Columbia University and as director of psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute to honor his commitment to families that asked him to help educate mental health practitioners, family caregivers and others about anosognosia and science-based practices proven to help persons with serious mental illness.

Amador was not only keeping a promise he made but also responding to his frustration as a clinical researcher who saw much-needed knowledge stranded in professional journals rather than in the hands of clinicians, families, law enforcement, judges and legislators attempting to address the needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

At that time, he was appointed director of the Center for Research Education and Practice at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, where he founded NAMI’s Scientific Council; nationally launched NAMI’s signature Family to Family, Peer to Peer and In Our Own Voices programs; and started NAMI’s national initiative on assertive community treatment. After his tenure on staff, he resigned to serve on the board of directors at NAMI.

He is a visiting professor of psychology at the State University of New York and, over the course of two decades, he was professor of psychiatry and clinical psychology at Columbia University and director of psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He served as co-chair of the Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders section of the DSM-IV-TR.

His expertise has been called upon by government, industry and the broadcast and print media, where he has frequently appeared as an expert.