Anthony Feinstein

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Anthony Feinstein (born December 14, 1956) is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto[1] and a neuropsychiatrist. His research and clinical work focuses on people with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and Conversion Disorder. He has undertaken a number of studies investigating how front-line journalists are affected by their work covering war and man-made and natural disasters.


Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Feinstein received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He completed his Psychiatry training at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England. His MPhil and PhD degrees were obtained through the University of London. After obtaining his PhD, he worked as a Senior Registrar at the Maudsley Hospital in London before taking up an appointment at the University of Toronto where he is currently a professor of psychiatry and a clinician scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute.[citation needed]

Multiple sclerosis[edit]

Over a three decade period, Feinstein's work has focused on determining brain imaging correlates of depression and pseudobulbar affect in people with MS. He has also developed computerized methods of detecting cognitive dysfunction, with a particular emphasis on the use of distracters. A third strand to his MS work relates to defining the cognitive and functional neuroimaging changes associated with the use of cannabis (marijuana) in people with MS.[2][3] His research has been funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Progressive MS Alliance.[citation needed]

Journalism work[edit]

In 2000 Feinstein obtained a grant from the Freedom Forum in Washington, D.C. to undertake the first study exploring how war can affect the psychological wellbeing of front-line journalists. The results were subsequently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.[4] Since then, he has completed studies investigating how journalists have been affected by the attacks of 9/11 in New York,[5] the 2003 war in Iraq,[6] the drug wars in Mexico,[7] the 2007 election violence and Al-Shabab attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya,[8] the Civil War in Syria [6] and state-sponsored violence directed towards the media in Iran.


Feinstein was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000 to study mental health problems in post-apartheid Namibia. A documentary, Journalists Under Fire,[9] based on his work with war journalists, produced by him (and directed by Martyn Burke), was short-listed for an Academy Award and won a 2012 Peabody Award. His series of articles for the Globe & Mail on Conflict Photograph [10] was short-listed for a 2016 EPPY Award.[11]


  • In Conflict, (New Namibia Books, 1998, ISBN 978-9991631691)
  • Michael Rabin, America's Virtuoso Violinist (Amadeus Press, 2005; second edition 2011, ISBN 978-1574671995)
  • Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report It (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2003, ISBN 978-0887621314)
  • Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0801884412)
  • The Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Multiple Sclerosis (Cambridge University Press, 1999; second edition 2007, ISBN 978-0521880152)
  • Battle Scarred (Tafelberg Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0624053743)


  1. ^ "Anthony Feinstein - Sunnybrook Research Institute".
  2. ^ "Anthony Feinstein - Google Scholar Citations".
  3. ^ Pavisian, Bennis; MacIntosh, Bradley J.; Szilagyi, Greg; Staines, Richard W.; O'Connor, Paul; Feinstein, Anthony (27 May 2014). "Effects of cannabis on cognition in patients with MS A psychometric and MRI study". Neurology. 82 (21): 1879–1887. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000000446. PMC 4105254. PMID 24789863.
  4. ^ Feinstein, Anthony; Owen, John; Blair, Nancy (2002). "A Hazardous Profession: War, Journalists, and Psychopathology". American Journal of Psychiatry. 159 (9): 1570–1575. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.9.1570. PMID 12202279.
  5. ^ Feinstein, Anthony; Audet, Blair; Waknine, Elizabeth (1 August 2014). "Witnessing images of extreme violence: a psychological study of journalists in the newsroom". JRSM Open. 5 (8): 2054270414533323. doi:10.1177/2054270414533323. PMC 4100239. PMID 25289144.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Anthony Feinstein on war, conflict and "why journalism is undoubtedly more dangerous today"".
  7. ^ "Journalists in Mexico experience traumatic stress". 2015-02-25.
  8. ^ Ruvaga, Lenny. "Kenyan Journalists Covering Violence Lack PTSD Support".
  9. ^ "Watch UNDER FIRE: JOURNALISTS IN COMBAT Online - Vimeo On Demand". 2011-11-02.
  10. ^ "Shooting War: Paying homage to 12 conflict photographers".
  11. ^ "Editor & Publisher Announces the 2016 EPPY Award Finalists – Editor & Publisher".

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