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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  • Americans' Financial Security

    This issue brief seeks to understand Americans’ attitudes about their financial security. It examines the top-level findings from a nationally representative Pew-commissioned survey of more than 7,000 households and from focus groups convened in three major cities. Read More

  • Pew Survey Shows Americans' Financial Worries Cloud Optimism

    WASHINGTON—Americans today are more optimistic about the state of their own finances and the economy than they have been in years, but at the same time only about half report feeling financially secure, according to a survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More

  • Helping VIP Work in the States

    After a successful election season in 2014, VIP is looking for ways to further improve the quantity and quality of data it provides through its voting information look up tools: the Voting Information Tool; iOS and Android Apps, and a short messaging service, or SMS. Working in collaboration with the states to standardize, process, and certify official election data, such as polling place and... Read More

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