About The Author

Herbert E. Thomas, M.D. is a psychiatrist / psychoanalyst practicing in New York City.

Born in Quebec City, Canada, he is a graduate of The Royal Canadian Naval College, McGill University and Queen’s University School of Medicine. He interned at The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and did his psychiatric residency at The University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1961 with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine and the School of Law at The University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute in 1974.

Dr. Thomas consulted for 30 years in the maximum security prison in Pittsburgh while practicing in New York City. He developed his theory of the shame response during these years working in the prison system.

He was, until 1999, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and until 1993 was an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Law, School of Law at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Thomas was a founding member and past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Thomas currently practices in New York City. He was also the psychiatric consultant for the Youth Development Center in New Castle, Pennsylvania and has worked in programs for chemical dependency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Board of Fellows of the National Center for Juvenile Justice, Pittsburgh.