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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  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is America’s largest national park—and one of its most remote. Providing safe access to popular sites inside the park—such as Mount Wrangell, an active volcano—is a top priority for the National Park Service (NPS), but it is struggling to fund a $19.4 million maintenance backlog. Read More

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    The creation in 1978 of Lowell National Historical Park had the dual effect of preserving the city’s industrial history and serving as a catalyst for revitalization. Unfortunately, buildings have deteriorated, and the park faces a $12.1 million maintenance backlog. Read More

  • Pew Urges Agencies to Support Health IT Safety Collaborative

    The Pew Charitable Trusts and several other groups sent a letter March 14 to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, laying out possible characteristics of a National Health IT Safety Collaborative and urging the agencies to support efforts to establish such an entity. Read More

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