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Clancy McKenzie
Clancy McKenzie, M.D. Director

Dr. Clancy McKenzie is a widely acclaimed authority on the understanding of origins, mechanisms, and treatment of schizophrenia, and since 1966, he has dedicated himself to the evaluation, analysis, and treatment of trauma and its immediate and long-range effects on behavior and mental health.

Professor and Department Chair Emeritus of Integrative Psychiatry at Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, with a teaching focus on developmental aspects of neurobiological disorders, and the integration of psychological and biological factors as they pertain to serious mental and emotional disorders, Dr. McKenzie has identified unsuspected separation traumas in the first two years of life, which correlate with the later development of schizophrenia, and has discovered that the identical traumas in the next year of life correlate with the later development of non-psychotic major depression. He has confirmed his findings through statistical analysis of hard data on 6,000 patients in a Finnish database and 2,700 in a Danish cohort on schizophrenia, plus hundreds more in smaller surveys.

Based on his findings, Dr. McKenzie has developed the Unification Theory of Mental Illness, identifying the mechanism by which emotional trauma produces change in brain chemistry and structure. The Unification Theory brings together all disciplines and demonstrates how each participates in the cause of serious disorders. His articles regarding Unification Theory were published in two peer-reviewed journals in 1998: “Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Model for Schizophrenia and Depression,” which appeared in the Summer issue of Trauma Response; and “The Unification Theory of Mental Illness,” which appeared in the Fall issue of Frontier Perspectives.

Dr. McKenzie has also reviewed all neurobiological schizophrenia research studies presented at the San Diego American Psychiatric Association Meetings, plus the 1998 Davos Schizophrenia Conference, and he has published explanations of why each biological change more likely was the result and not the cause of the disease process. He has also identified prevention of mental illness at three levels: 1) prevention of origin, very early in life; 2) prevention of a first breakdown later in life; and 3) prevention of a recurrence, based on new understanding of origin and mechanism.

Subsequently, Dr. McKenzie has also developed breakthrough approaches to treatment, including a Programmed Dream technique for arriving at enlightened answers during sleep. His published works on his new approaches include a set of audio-cassette tapes, Schizophrenia and the McKenzie Method, which describes his radically different understanding and treatment methods. In 1981, he also published a set of audio recordings, Programmed Dreams: A Breakthrough in Medical and Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment, followed in 2001 by a DVD recording, Programmed Dreams. In 1999, he published Self-Help Master Therapy Sessions for Schizophrenia, Depression and other serious disorders.

In addition to his breakthrough work on the diagnosis and treatment of emotional disorders, Dr. McKenzie has held positions as Medical Director at the Biofeedback Resource Center in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, Psychiatric Consultant to the Silva Method International, and Chief Neuropsychiatrist for the Pennsylvania Dental Society’s Impaired Dentist Program. Since 1990, he has been a Level IV Psychiatric Consultant to the Veterans Administration for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and since 1992, he has also been a consultant to Speiser, Krauss & Madole, to conduct medical, psychiatric, and neuropsychiatric evaluations of airline disaster victims in Europe, North America, South America, and Central America.

In 1986, Bob Rodale of Prevention Magazine nominated Dr. McKenzie for the Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health, and in 1996, Dr. McKenzie’s textbook, Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorders From Infancy: The Two Trauma Mechanism, co-authored with Dr. Lance Wright, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by Gordon and Breach Publishers. His other published works include the 2010 edition of Babies Need Mothers – How Mothers Can Prevent Mental Illness In Their Children.

Dr. McKenzie’s deep commitment to serving people was recognized when he was awarded Temple University’s Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s Humanitarian Award for his outstanding devotion to patients suffering from the effects of schizophrenia. He also received a City of Philadelphia Citation from the City Council for his “groundbreaking work in treatments for schizophrenia and depression,” and his work is noted in both the US Senatorial and US Congressional Records. In 2001, Temple University Libraries, Paley Library Special Collections and University Archives accepted Dr. McKenzie’s collection of papers, books, letters, audio tapes, videos, and CDs, along with other personal materials of Dr. O. Spurgeon English, for the Conwellana-Templana Collection.

Dr. McKenzie graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1962. For the next several years, he focused his attention on studies of the human mind and the complex realm of mental illness, including five years of training in adult psychoanalysis and two years in child psychoanalysis at the Menninger School of Psychiatry and the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. His dedication to study and scholarship in psychiatry and neurology, and special training in trauma desensitization, led to his receiving the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award with Special Commendation for Self-directed Training.

Dr. McKenzie is Board Certifed in Traumatic Stress, Bereavement Trauma, Emergency Crisis Response, Forensic Traumatology, and School Crisis Response. He is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Forensic Medical Examiners, the American Psychotherapy Association, and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Contact: drmckenzie@alternativeapa.com

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