Dr. Dale Archer is a Medical
Doctor, board certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American
He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a Tulane Scholar and
Phi Beta Kappa, he received his BA in Philosophy with honors, and continued at
Tulane where he received his M.D. from the School of Medicine. Dr. Archer
attended The University of Texas for his internship in Internal Medicine and
while there found his calling and completed his Residency in Psychiatry.
In 1988, he founded The Institute for Neuropsychiatry in Lake
Charles, Louisiana, a clinic which now staffs 6 psychiatrists and multiple
psychologists, therapists and nurse practitioners, who all treat a wide variety
of mental health issues.
He has had a private psychiatric practice for twenty-five years,
served as the medical director at various times for adolescent, adult and
geriatric inpatient units, worked as a prison psychiatrist, served as an expert
witness in many criminal court cases and was the corporate medical director for
a nationwide addiction treatment group.
He is now the Medical Director for psychiatric services at Lake
Charles Memorial Hospital and is the psychiatric consultant for the SW
Louisiana Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program which trains police
officers in how to recognize and deal with mental illness. Recently he was
appointed by the Governor to serve on the Louisiana Medical Advisory Board.
Dr. Archer is a media veteran with over two decades of
experience. He has had three successful radio shows and a regional and internet
based TV talkshow, "The Dr. Dale Archer Show". He has appeared
on most of the top national news shows talking about various psychological
issues related to current events, crime, behavioral economics, politics and
Dr. Archer has authored hundreds of articles, as well as the
pamphlet Chemical Imbalance Depression. His last book, a NY Times
Best Seller, Better Than Normal: How What Makes
You Different Can Make You Exceptional (Random
House) discusses our pop-a-pill culture and the over diagnosis, over-medicating
and over treatment of psychiatric disorders and proposes a continuum theory for
eight common psychiatric traits.
He lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana and is a regular blogger for
Psychology today and Forbes. His next book, The ADHD Advantage:
What you thought was a diagnosis may be your greatest strength (Penguin Random House) is now available.