Scientific Council Member
John S. Strauss, M.D.
John S. Strauss, M.D.
Professor Emeritus Department of Psychiatry
1990 Distinguished Investigator Grantee
Dr. Strauss is a psychiatrist who has carried out a wide range of clinical research with persons who have severe brain and behavior disorders. These studies have focused on issues of diagnosis, course of disorder and the processes of improvement, and have emphasized the struggle toward recovery. Dr. Strauss had the distinction, during his medical training in the 1950s, to have studied with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva.
In recent work, Dr. Strauss has focused on understanding in depth the subjective experiences of people with severe disorders including ways in which the arts, especially the theater and literature, can teach us about these experiences. He believes that a more accurate understanding of the experiences of those living with mental illness would provide crucial data for understanding and treating the basic processes involved in disorder and recovery, and for constructing a human science of psychiatry.
Dr. Strauss worked at the NIMH from 1964 to 1972 prior to joining Yale in 1977.
Learn More About the Foundation
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a global nonprofit organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of psychiatric and mental illnesses.
Beginning in 1987, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation was providing seed money to neuroscientists to invest in “out of the box” research that the government and other sources were unwilling to fund. Today, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is still the leading, private philanthropy in the world in this space.
Meet the people who make up the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Our staff of experts, passionate Board of Directors, and Scientific Council which includes Nobel prize winners and chairs of psychiatric departments around the world.
We take our responsibility to our donors seriously and believe that our financial operations must be transparent. We're proud to say that 100% of your contribution for research is invested directly in research grants.