Drew Westen

Professor of Psychology

Office: 489 Psychology Building

Phone: 404-727-7407

Fax: 404-727-0372

Email: dwesten@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322

Additional Websites


Professor Westen received his B.A. at Harvard University, an M.A. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex (England), and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he subsequently taught for six years. For several years he was Chief Psychologist at Cambridge Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. His major areas of research are personality disorders, adolescent psychopathology, political psychology, psychotherapy effectiveness, and the interface of psychodynamics and neuroscience. An active clinician, researcher, and political consultant, Dr. Westen is the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for two grants from NIMH.  His book, The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, has had a wide influence on elections internationally.  He has advised a wide range of candidates and organizations, from presidential campaigns to the U.S. House and Senate Caucuses, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and a range of other publications.

Courses Currently Taught

  • PSYC 330: Personality Theories
  • PSYC 385: The Psychology of American Electoral Politics
  • PSYC 541: Personality and Psychopathology

Other Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Please visit the Clinical Program page for a list of faculty who will be interviewing applicants for Fall 2019 admission.


National Institutes of Mental Health 5R01-MH78100, Comparing Dimensional Approaches to Personality Diagnosis, 08/22/07-08/01/12.

Predictors of Treatment Response:  The Emory CIDAR grant.  National Institutes of Mental Health 1P50-MH07708301, (Helen Mayberg, Principal Investigator), 07/14/06 – 06/30/11. 

National Institutes of Mental Health, Predictors of Treatment Response, Relapse, and Recurrence in Major Depression (Edward Craighead, Principal Investigator), 07/01/07 – 06/30/12.             
Neural Basis of Emotionally Biased Legal Judgment, Emory College Seed Fund to Improve the Research Profile of the Arts and Sciences.

National Institute of Mental Health R01-MH62378, Adolescent Personality Pathology, 5 years, June, 2000-May, 2005.

National Institute of Mental Health R01-MH62377, Classification and Measurement of Personality Disorders, 5 years, June, 2000-May, 2005.



Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale for Narrative Data – SCORS-G (current version)

Original SCORS manual for clinical narrative/interview data (for training and reference)

SCORS manual for TAT stories (for training and reference)

SCORS manual for WAIS-R picture arrangement (for training and reference)

For inquiries about manuals available from our lab, please contact Caela Abrams at caela.abrams@emory.edu