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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  • Two-Thirds of Federal Grants to States Are for Medicaid

    Medicaid is by far the largest federal grant to states, accounting for 67 percent of total grant funding in 2017. The next-largest funding area is income security (temporary cash assistance, employment services, school-provided meals, and similar programs), which at 13 percent is one-fifth the size of Medicaid. Medicaid was the main driver of the 40 percent increase in total federal grants to... Read More

  • New Science Conflicts With Proposed Rollback of Protections

    The long shadow cast last week by the shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments is looming over the Atlantic Ocean. The day after President Donald Trump downsized Utah’s monuments, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his final report on the remaining monuments under review, and to my disappointment, he recommended changes to the Northeast Canyons and... Read More

  • How Pew Marine Fellows Are Helping Protect Our Oceans

    Providing the scientific basis for marine protected areas, pioneering new approaches in conservation, and working with communities to ensure sustainable fisheries are just some of the ways scientists are using fellowships awarded under the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation. From local to global conservation projects, these researchers take innovative approaches to protecting the marine... Read More

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