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|Born||Daniel Gregory Amen|
|Alma mater||Southern California College
Oral Roberts University School of Medicine (M.D., 1982) 
|Occupation||psychiatrist, author, lecturer, professor|
|Known for||Amen's Classification|
Daniel G. Amen is a self-help guru, psychiatrist, medical director of the Amen Clinics, and a bestselling author. His use of brain SPECT scans for psychiatric and neurological diagnosis of patients is controversial.
Amen received his undergraduate degree from Southern California College in 1978 and his doctorate from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in 1982. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Amen is the CEO and medical director of the Amen Clinics. He is the author or co-author of over 30 books and peer reviewed articles.
Amen has been described as "the most controversial psychiatrist in America [who] may also be the most commercially successful".
In 2005, Quackwatch.org released a paper written by physician Dr. Harriet Hall which questioned the effectiveness of the SPECT scans and criticized Amen for not declaring them as experimental. In a response to criticism, Amen's attorney has described his work as follows:
"The Amen Clinics tracks treatment response among its patients. 85% of our patients report a high degree of satisfaction with our services. We are not a typical psychiatric clinic. We typically see patients who have failed 3 or 4 other mental health professionals, and who have an average of 3.5 psychiatric disorders using standard DSM diagnostic measures. No one keeps response rates on such a complex diagnostic group, yet our results are very encouraging." 
In a further comment by Dr. Harriet Hall,
"This is an admission that there is no evidence. High satisfaction rates are not relevant to the question of efficacy. I don't doubt that Dr. Amen helps many of the people who consult him. The key question, however, is whether or not SPECT scanning is justifiable for most of them."
In 2012, The Washington Post Magazine ran a cover story expose entitled Daniel Amen is the most popular psychiatrist in America. To most researchers and scientists, that’s a very bad thing. The Post detailed Amen's lack of acceptance among the scientific community and his monetary conflict of interest.
Amen is the author or co-author of over 30 books, including:
- Unleash the Power of the Female Brain (2013) ISBN 978-0-307-88894-5
- The Amen Solution: The Brain Healthy Way to Get Thinner, Smarter, Happier (2011) ISBN 978-0-307-46361-6
- Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted (2010) ISBN 978-0-7481-2404-6
- Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum Potential (2009) ISBN 978-0-307-33910-2
- The Brain in Love: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life (2009) ISBN 978-0-307-58789-3
- Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance (2006) ISBN 978-1-4000-8209-4
- Healing Anxiety and Depression Amen and Lisa C. Routh (2004) ISBN 0-425-19844-8
- Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness (1999) ISBN 978-0-7481-1468-9
- "Medical Board of California license record for Daniel Gregory Amen"
- Eliza Shapiro (December 14, 2012). "Can Daniel Amen Read Your Mind?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- Neely Tucker (August 9, 2012). "Daniel Amen is the most popular psychiatrist in America. To most researchers and scientists, that’s a very bad thing.". Washington Post Magazine. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- Butcher, James (2008). "Neuropolitics gone mad". The Lancet Neurology 7 (4): 295. doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(08)70056-5.
- "Elevated BMI is associated with decreased blood flow in the prefrontal cortex using SPECT imaging in healthy adults". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- Bhattacharya, Sanjiv (6 February 2013). "Dr Daniel Amen interview: the shrink who believes technology will replace the couch". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- Hall, Harriet (2005, rev. 2007). "A Skeptical View of SPECT Scans and Dr. Daniel Amen". Quackwatch. Retrieved August 7, 2009
- "Dr. Daniel Amen's Response to Criticism on Quackwatch". Quackwatch.com. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- Hall, Harriet (8 April 2008). "SPECT Scans at the Amen Clinic – A New Phrenology?". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
- Madison Park (January 24, 2012). "Rick Warren and church tackle obesity". CNN. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- Joe Piaza (March 27, 2012). "Church spreads the gospel of healthy eating". Fox News. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- "Dr Daniel Amem PBS specials". Pbs.org. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2013-10-02.