Harrison Pope

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Harrison Graham "Skip" Pope, Jr. (born 1947, Massachusetts), is an American professor and physician, currently Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at McLean Hospital. He is also the Director, Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean's. According to the ISI index, he is one of the most highly cited psychiatrists of the 20th century. Pope's research focus is on substance abuse, especially anabolic steroids (His research in this areas includes work in the area of men and their body image, particularly in his book the Adonis Complex where he argued that the media fuels body image disorders for not only women but men as well. See Body image), marijuana, hallucinogens, "ecstasy." He has also written extensively about "repressed memory" and "recovered memory" controversy, arguing that repressed memory does not exist. Pope has been a pioneer in designing the first randomized clinical trials of several currently accepted treatments for psychiatric disorders.



  • Olivardia, R., Pope, H.G., Borowiecki, J.J., & Cohane, G.H. (2004). Biceps and body image: The relationship between muscularity and self-esteem, depression, and eating disorder symptoms. Psychology of men and masculinity, 5, 112–120.
  • Pope, H.G., Phillips, K.A., & Olivardia, R. (2000). The Adonis complex: The secret crisis of male body obsession. Sydney: The Free Press.

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