Kay Redfield Jamison is an American professor of psychiatry and writer who is one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder, from which she herself suffers. She received a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA and joined the faculty there. She has been named one of the “Best Doctors in the United States” and was chosen by “Time” magazine as a “Hero of Medicine.” She was also chosen as one of the five individuals for the public television series “Great Minds of Medicine.”
Her book “Manic-Depressive Illness” is the classic textbook on bipolar disorder. Jamison is the recipient of the National Mental Health Association’s William Styron Award, the American Suicide Foundation Research Award, the Community Mental Health Leadership Award, and was a 2001 MacArthur Fellowship recipient. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is an Honorary Professor of English at the University of St Andrews.