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. Dr. Soskin's protocol, which led to a study of low dose naltrexone for breakthrough depression can be found on this website. In November of 2017, a corrigendum was published through PubMed to clarify that "Drs. Soskin and Fava contributed equally to the inception, hypotheses, and design that formed the basis of the study and are considered as co-senior authors."
Prior to attending Harvard Medical School, David developed a program using literature to help individuals with substance use disorders and then received specialty training in substance use disorders through the Zinberg Training Fellowship Program at Harvard Medical School. 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. He is currently the Medical Director for the Behavioral Health Department in Monterey County.
Dr. Soskin developed Open Source Psychiatry as a resource for patients, clinicians, and researchers. He also created the Slack Psychopharmacology, which is designed to provide a safe and collaborative space for learning psychopharmacology in real-time; and he has patented an algorithm to optimize learning through PubMed.
Dr. David Soskin's 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.
For a video about Dr. Soskin's background, please see the interview below conducted by Brett Pogoda, a professional skateboarder:
I wrote the screenplay below, The Color of the Sun, during my sophomore year at Harvard College in 1996. It's about growing up as a surfer in Carmel, California.