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Anne Harrington, Ph.D.

Anne Harrington, Ph.D.

Professor for the History of Science in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University

Anne Harrington is Professor for the History of Science in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. She specializes in the history of psychiatry, neuroscience, and the other mind sciences. In 2004 she was named Loeb Harvard College Professor, a prestigious 5-year endowed chair that recognizes excellence in teaching and mentoring as well as contributions to graduate education and research. In addition, she is Visiting Professor of Medical History at the London School of Economics (in residence 2004–05; out of residence 2005–08) and will be part-time visiting professor at the College de France in 2006.

A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University in 1982, Dr. Harrington received her Ph.D. in Modern History (History of Science) from the University of Oxford in 1985. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London and at the University of Freiburg in Germany.

She began her teaching career at Harvard University in 1988 in the Department of the History of Science as an assistant professor, rising to associate professor in 1991, and professor in 1995. In 1996, Dr. Harrington was appointed Co-Director of the Harvard University Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, a position she held for 6 years. Dr. Harrington was also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions for 6 years, collaborating on projects dealing with the placebo effect, stress reduction in the workplace, and group therapy for women with breast cancer. Other collaborative efforts include the MBB Placebo Working Group, an 8-member interdisciplinary research effort that she chaired from 1999 to 2002, and an intercultural crossdisciplinary collaboration involving traditional Chinese medical practitioners from Beijing and laboratory scientists from the United States, for which she serves as Principal Investigator.

In addition to writing more than 50 articles or book chapters on topics in her field and presenting for several radio and television programs, Dr. Harrington has authored two books—Medicine, Mind and the Double Brain (1987) and Reenchanted Science (1997)—and has edited five others, including The Placebo Effect: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. Her newest book, Stories Under the Skin: Mind-Body Medicine in America, will be published soon.

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