Andrew Solomon is a writer, lecturer and professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University. He is president of PEN American Center. He writes regularly for The New Yorker and the New York Times.
Andrew’s newest book, Far and Away: Reporting from the brink of change, seven continents, twenty five years was published in April, 2016. He is author of many previous books including Far From the Tree: Parents, children and the search for identity, which won the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, the Wellcome Prize and 22 other national awards. It tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. It was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback editions.
An activist in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts, Andrew is a member of the boards of directors of the National LGBTQ Force and Trans Youth Family Allies. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia University Medical Center, serves on the National Advisory Board of the Depression Center at the University of Michigan, is a director of Columbia Psychiatry and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. He also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yaddo and The Alex Fund, which supports the education of Romani children. Andrew is also a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University and a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Andrew is a regular on the TED stage. His talk Love no matter what featured at TEDMED in 2013. Later that year he also spoke at TEDxMet on Depression, the secret we share. The video of Andrew’s TED2014 talk How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are, was also shown at TEDxExeter 2015.