Richard Aiken, MD, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist and chemical engineering research scientist with an emphasis on Lifestyle Medicine.
His organization “Mood for Life” strives to provide information on the positive effect that healthy lifestyle can have on one’s cognitive and emotional wellness. His newest book Neurodietetics summarizes the emerging evidence for whole-food varied-plant diets for optimizing neuropsychological wellness throughout the life span. In another recent book, The New Ancestral Diet, Dr. Aiken detailed from an evolutionary standpoint why we have been whole-food varied-plant eaters for 85 million years as primates; “Paleo” is actually vegan.
He has a doctorate in chemical engineering and applied mathematics from Princeton University and a medical doctorate from the University of Utah. He did his residency and fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis and currently practices psychiatry in Springfield, Missouri. He is affiliated with Missouri State University’s Taylor Health and Wellness Center. Professor Aiken has taught and researched at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Kunglia Techniska Hφgskolen in Stockholm, Sweden. He has lectured widely in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. He has been a guest at a number of podcasts and nationally syndicated radio.