David Soskin received his BA and MD from Harvard University and completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital Psychiatric Residency Program before joining the MGH Department of Psychiatry. He served on faculty at Harvard Medical School and as a Principle Investigator at MGH's Depression and Clinical Research Program. His research focused on the relationship between depression and inflammation; the use of pro-dopaminergic agents to enhance behavioral activation therapy for treatment-resistant depression; the effects of antidepressants on emotional temperament; and the evaluation of other novel agents, such as low dose naltrexone, to treat unipolar depression. From 2014 to 2017, he was the Medical Director for the Behavioral Health Department of Monterey County and the Chief of Psychiatry for Natividad Medical Center.
Prior to attending Harvard Medical School, Dr. Soskin received specialty training in substance use disorders through the Zinberg Training Fellowship Program at Harvard Medical School and developed a program using literature to help individuals with substance use disorders. He was the recipient of the Joyce and Richard Tedlow Award at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital for excellence in integrating psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and clinical research; the Kaplen & Livingston Fellowships for Clinical Psychopharmacology Research at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital; and the UCSF Residency Teaching Award at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Soskin developed Open Source Psychiatry as a resource for patients, clinicians, and researchers. He created Slack Psychopharmacology as a safe and collaborative e-space for learning psychopharmacology in real-time. He coded an algorithm using mesh terms to optimize learning through PubMed.
Dr. Soskin's first book, Open Source Psychiatry, includes essays about patient care, the use of technology to enhance medical care, and the potential of the internet to increase the viability and humanity of medical systems. Open Source Psychiatry also includes Dr. Soskin’s poetry; educational material for patients and clinicians; and a proof-of-concept protocol for testing the incentive salience hypothesis of depression. In November of 2017, one week after its release, Open Source Psychiatry reached the Amazon seller rank of # 1 free book in Amazon's Kindle Store in Science Essays. Dr. Soskin has also written a book of poetry, 13, and a political satire, Election Day. All of his books can be found on Amazon.
Dr. Soskin is currently publishing his 156 page screenplay, Philoctetes, on Facebook and on this website. His goal is to obtain audience feedback/collaboration, which he will incorporate into the final draft. To collaborate on the screenplay, click on this link or navigate to the Philoctetes page under the "Books & Screenplays" menu header above.
Dr. Soskin has recently added a Crypto section to this website, under the "Education" tab above. He values CryptoCurrency for the following reasons: 1) Each coin has been programmed by an individual and represents both a creative process and a functional solution; 2) Digital currency is "decentralized," meaning that corporations do not earn a fee for functioning as a transactional intermediary; 3) Individuals can purchase it without a significant transaction fee and can purchase any amount; this means that you can purchase $10 or $100 or a $100,000 of BitCoin; this differs from purchasing stocks, such as google and amazon, which require individuals to purchase a full share of stock (e.g. 1 share of google is > $1,ooo) and thereby exclude individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
The interview below, conducted by professional skateboarder, Brett Pogoda, provides additional information about Dr. Soskin's background.
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