Thomas B. Lewis, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (UCSF), and professor at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco (USF). Dr. Lewis received his M.D. from UCSF, where he also trained as an intern and a resident in psychiatry. Dr. Lewis was a fellow in the Affective Disorders Program at UCSF for three years and also served as the Associate Director of the Affective Disorders Program. Knowledgeable in psychopharmacology and psychobiology, Dr. Lewis has written and lectured extensively on a broad range of topics for professional audiences as well as the general public.
Dr. Lewis is one of the the authors of A General Theory of Love (Random House, 2000), a nonfiction book for the general public that elucidates the psychobiology of emotion and human relationships. Favorably reviewed by the New York Times and the Washington Post, A General Theory of Love was described as “An insightful look at the science of human emotions,” and “A rare example of the fusing of scientific rigor with literary eloquence.” The book has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Latvian, Croatian, and Farsi.
At UCSF, Dr. Lewis teaches medical and pharmacy students as well as psychiatric residents. He lectures on the clinical pharmacology of affective, anxiety, and psychotic disorders; on the psychobiology of human development, and on the psychobiology of psychotherapy. At USF, Dr. Lewis has taught courses on the neuroscience and poetry of emotional experience, as well as the neuroscience of morality.
Dr. Lewis has been invited to speak on psychobiology in a number of professional settings, both nationally and internationally, including the annual meetings of American Psychiatric Association, the Northern California Psychiatric Society, the American Association of Group Psychotherapy, and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He has delivered Grand Rounds for the Departments of Psychiatry at UCSF Medical Center and Stanford University, and for the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Lewis has been interviewed on television and radio numerous times, and he has consulted with major motion picture productions and the California Shakespeare Festival on the science of emotion and its role in the dramatic arts. In addition, he speaks frequently for the general public on various aspects of psychobiology
Most recently, he taught a 3-day seminar on the neuroscience of human nature at the Straus Insititute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law.