Daniel Carlat

Daniel Carlat

  • Director
  • Prescription Project,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Dr. Daniel Carlat is directs Pew's prescription project, which seeks to ensure transparency in physician-industry relationships and promotes policies to reduce or manage conflicts of interest that could affect patient care.

Before joining Pew, Carlat was a practicing psychiatrist and was president and CEO of Carlat Publishing LLC, which publishes non-industry supported continuing medical education newsletters for psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners.

Carlat is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and professional books in psychiatry, most notably The Psychiatric Interview: A Practical Guide, currently in its third edition and translated into several languages. In addition to his professional writing, Dr. Carlat has written about conflicts of interest for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and Wired. His article for The New York Times Magazine, "Dr. Drug Rep", was selected for Harper Perennial’s Best Science Writing 2008 anthology. 

In 2010, he published his first book for a general audience, Unhinged: A Doctor’s Alarming Revelations about a Profession in Crisis. The book, which proposes solutions for reforming the  mental health care system in the U.S., has garnered significant media attention, including a July 2010 interview on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Dr. Carlat received his M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed his psychiatric  residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts School of Medicine.

Recent Work

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  • Online Voter Registration Spikes in Indiana

    Indiana election officials reported a steep increase in online voter registration activity ahead of the state’s April 4 registration deadline for the May primary. During the final week, more than 90,000 Hoosiers logged on to Indiana’s online voter registration site, with a one-day peak on March 28 of just over 33,500 registration transactions. These figures indicate significant growth... Read More

  • How to Catch Parrotfish While Protecting Coral Reefs

    A simple change to Caribbean fisheries management could help sustain both coral reefs and fishermen in the face of climate change, according to a new study by Pew marine fellow Peter Mumby, an ecologist at the University of Queensland, Australia, and four colleagues. Read More

  • Top Latin American Honor Awarded to Pew Fellows

    Five alumni of the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences have been named lifetime academicians of the Academia de Ciencias de América Latina (ACAL)—one of the highest distinctions in Latin American science—for their outstanding contributions to biomedical science and their commitment to fostering scientific collaboration across continents.  Read More

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