Lewis Judd is the Mary Gilman Marston Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He received his M.D. degree with honors and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha at the UCLA School of Medicine. From 1987-1990, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He is an expert in biological psychiatry and clinical psychopharmacology and his extensive research contributions include over 200 scientific publications, along with 9 edited books and monographs. He is a national leader and spokesperson for the essential role of empirical science in psychiatry and has been an important national force for equitable treatment of the mentally ill in national health care policy.