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Benedict Carey: A Recipient of the 2016 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media

Recently, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center announced the recipients of the 2016 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media

  • Benedict Carey, a reporter covering brain and behavior topics at The New York Times
  • Neal Shusterman, a New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and television writer
  • Steve Silberman, an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in Wired, The New Yorker, Salon, and Nature

The recipients will be honored at a Media Colloquy, free and open to the public, at the Austen Riggs Center on Saturday, August 20, beginning at 1:00 in the afternoon. 

Today, we’re taking a closer look at prize recipient Benedict Carey

Benedict Carey is a 2016 winner of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.Media Colloquy curator, essayist, and author Joshua Wolf Shenk calls Carey “one of the great journalists working on science and mental health today.” Currently a reporter covering brain and behavior topics at The New York Times, Carey has spent the past 25 years writing about topics related to health and science, including articles on the problems of replicating research studies in psychology, coverage of suicide in veterans, and beautifully-crafted stories about people suffering from schizophrenia. 

As an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, Carey received his bachelor’s degree in math, and then went on to study at Northwestern University, where he received his master’s degree in journalism. Prior to his work at The New York Times, Carey was a health and fitness writer for The Los Angeles Times, where his November 2000 piece “Hard to Swallow,” won a University of Missouri Lifestyle Award. 

In addition to his work as a journalist, Carey is the author of three books: 

Carey, along with the other prize recipients, will give a presentation about his work and its relationship to mental health issues at the Media Colloquy. Continuing education credits will be offered to MDs, PhDs, PsyDs, and social workers. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; advance registration is recommended. To register, please call [413] 931.5230 or email: samantha.blache@austenriggs.net.

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