Alan Downs

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Alan Downs is an American clinical psychologist and author who is in private practice in Los Angeles, California. From 2007 until 2010, he was the CEO of Michael's House Treatment Center in Palm Springs, California.[1]


Downs earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1989. He has spent the past 20 years working as a clinical psychologist. Downs is also an author of several books, including, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World, which is one of the leading self-help books for gay men.[2] In 2005, Downs was a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[3]

In addition to his many books, Downs has also been a contributing writer to Mother Jones magazine.[citation needed]


Downs is also an author whose books include:[4]

  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World
  • The Half-Empty Heart
  • Secrets of an Executive Coach: Proven Methods for Helping Leaders Excel Under Pressure
  • The Fearless Executive
  • Seven Miracles of Management
  • Why Does This Keep Happening to Me?
  • Corporate Executions: the Ugly Truth about Downsizing – How Corporate Greed is Shattering Lives, Companies, and Communities
  • Beyond the Looking Glass: Overcoming the Seductive Culture of Corporate Narcissism

Downs' work has been quoted numerous times in variety of media, including The New York Times,[5] The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Attitude, San Francisco Chronicle and many others. He has made appearances on such programs as CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and NPR's Morning Edition.[6]

Speaker at Foundations Process Addictions 2009 Conference, Palms, Las Vegas[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alan Downs, Ph.D". Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Has Manhunt Destroyed Gay Culture?". Out Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  3. ^ "The Straight Truth". 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Alan Downs: Books". Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  5. ^ Stead, Deborah (1997-05-04). "When a Company Bows To a Neurotic Boss". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  6. ^ "Corporate Downsizing May Have Hurt More Than Helped". Morning Edition. NPR. 1995-11-03. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  7. ^ "Conferences". Foundations Recovery Network. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 

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