Who We Are

Drew Westen, Ph.D.

Drew Westen, Ph.D., founder of Westen Strategies, is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University.  He formerly taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard Medical School.  He is also co-founder of Implicit Strategies, LLC, a marketing firm that focuses on people’s unconscious responses to ads, brands, and other media.  Dr. Westen is the author of three books and over 150 scholarly articles, including The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, which has influenced campaigns and elections around the world.  He is currently working on a follow-up, to be published next year. He has been a frequent contributor on political and psychological issues on radio, television, and in print, in venues such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, CNN (e.g., Anderson Cooper 360), MSNBC (e.g., Hardball), network television (e.g., Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News), PBS, NPR, and the BBC. He has advised a range of organizations, from presidential and prime ministerial campaigns in the U.S. internationally, to nonprofits on a wide range of issues, to the Democratic Caucuses of the U.S. Senate and of the House of Representatives as well as state Democratic and progressive organizations and caucuses around the country.