Keith Ablow

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Keith Ablow
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Born Keith Russell Ablow
(1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 55)
Marblehead, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Brown University
Johns Hopkins University
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Deborah Jean Small
Children 2[1][2]

Keith Russell Ablow (born November 23, 1961) is an American psychiatrist, author, and television personality. He is also a contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel and TheBlaze. Ablow resigned as a member of the American Psychiatric Association in 2011.[3] As of 2011, he was also an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.[4] According to the Office of the President of Tufts University, "Dr. Keith Ablow is not an employee of either Tufts University or Tufts University School of Medicine, nor is he on the staff of Tufts Medical Center. He is one of more than 4,000 individuals who hold voluntary, unpaid appointments at the medical school."[5]

Early life and training[edit]

Ablow was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the son of Jewish parents Jeanette Norma and Allan Murray Ablow. Ablow attended Marblehead High School, graduating in 1979.[6] He graduated from Brown University in 1983, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in neurosciences. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1987[7] and completed his psychiatry residency at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He was Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in psychiatry in 1993 and forensic psychiatry in 1999.[8]

While a medical student, he worked as a reporter for Newsweek and a freelancer for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun and USA Today. After his residency, Ablow served as medical director of the Tri-City Mental Health Centers and then became medical director of Heritage Health Systems and Associate Medical Director of Boston Regional Medical Center.[citation needed]

Television and writing career[edit]

Ablow has written hundreds of columns/articles for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Newsweek, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Herald and He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The Howard Stern Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks Show, Nancy Grace (CNN) program, Catherine Crier Live, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox & Friends, Geraldo, Imus, Montel, Inside Edition, Showbiz Tonight, and The O'Reilly Factor.

From June 2006 through September 2007, Ablow was host and executive producer of his own national daily talk show, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show, syndicated by Warner Bros. On October 17, 2006 he obtained an exclusive interview with John Mark Karr, the man who falsely confessed to being the murderer of beauty pageant child star JonBenet Ramsey, and videotaped Karr without his knowledge at times.[9] After interviewing Karr, Ablow asserted he was dealing with a "textbook case of pedophilia" and that Karr would continue to pose a threat to society once free. The show lasted less than one year, with about 1% of TV viewers tuning in.[10]

Since his show's cancellation, Ablow has been a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping Magazine and a columnist for the New York Post. He contributes commentary and analysis for the Fox News Channel. Ablow is the author of six psychological fiction thrillers featuring Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist dedicated to a search for truth, no matter where it leads. More than one of the titles was a USA Today bestseller.[citation needed]

Ablow's true crime book, Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson, was a New York Times bestseller. In 2007, Ablow published a prescriptive self-help book, Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty in conjunction with a self-help web community. His 2011 book, The 7,[11] co-authored by Glenn Beck, was released in January 2011 and was a New York Times bestseller. In November, St. Martin's Press published a second Ablow book, Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait.

Ablow has also written widely circulated columns on addressing treatment strategies for major depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders. He has written about possible diagnoses for public figures, though he has never actually treated them himself. He publicly speculated that Vice President Joe Biden had dementia after his 2012 VP debate performance.[12] Ablow has written 15 books, some published by the American Psychiatric Association, been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and written for Psychiatric Times magazine.

Ablow serves as chief spokesperson and brand ambassador for Golo, a company that sells a weight loss supplement.[13][14] Progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America has raised questions about whether Ablow's endorsement of Golo violates Fox News' policy against product endorsements.[15]

Potential U.S. Senate candidacy[edit]

In January 2013, Ablow expressed his interests in possibly running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry,[16] On February 5, 2013, Ablow announced that he would seek the Republican nomination, but only if he did not have to face a primary battle.[17] On February 6, 2013, Ablow said he would not run since other Republican contenders entered the race, and declared his support for Republican State Rep. Dan Winslow.[18]

Comments in the media[edit]

In April 2011, Ablow wrote a health column for[19] which criticized designer Jenna Lyons for publishing an advertisement in the J. Crew catalogue in which she was depicted painting her young son's toenails hot pink. Ablow wrote that gender distinctions are "part of the magnificent synergy that creates and sustains the human race". The column sparked a controversy around his claims that painting a child's toenails pink could have an effect on their gender identity and led to accusations of overreaction, as was reported upon by numerous news media sources.[20][21][22][23]

In 2012, when the most watched video on the Internet (Gangnam Style) became a subject of Bill O'Reilly's show with Ablow as guest, Ablow suggested that the song was "without intelligible words," apparently unaware that the song was in Korean. This led him to conclude that the song was "without reality, feeling, and meaning," suggesting that watching it is like "taking a drug." The rest of the segment focused on Ablow's disappointment in his book sales compared to the success of Psy.[24]

During the 2012 Republican primary, Ablow wrote a column arguing that Newt Gingrich's three marriages actually made him more qualified to be president. He wrote: "When three women want to sign on for life with a man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we'll be clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we'll want to let him go after one."[25] The column was criticized, with Rod Dreher of The American Conservative commenting thus: "Oh for frack's sake. At some point, you have to wonder when shamelessness crosses the line from character defect to psychopathology. If only Dr. Leo Spaceman were a Republican, he could have a lucrative career on Fox."[26]

On August 12, 2014, as a guest co-host on the Fox News show, Outnumbered, Ablow criticized First Lady Michelle Obama's weight, stating "she needs to drop a few [pounds]."[27] On an August 21, 2014 segment, he told the women panelists on the show that they also need to lose weight.[28]

On October 9, 2014, concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Ablow opined on Fox News that he believed the president "may literally believe we should suffer along with less fortunate nations. And if he does, that is a very dangerous psychological stance from which to confront Ebola".[29] He stated that President Obama was not protecting the United States from Ebola because his "affiliations" and "affinities" were more with Africa.[30] His Ebola comments drew criticism, including from Fox television host Greg Gutfeld (The Five).[31]

On May 5, 2015, on the Fox New show Outnumbered, Ablow stated that he believes that men should be able to "veto" women's abortions.[32]

On November 23, 2016, on the Fox News opinion website, Ablow outed himself as a drug prohibitionist and outlined a 11 point plan to win the 'war on heroin'. This included involuntary hospitalization of anyone who uses heroin, involuntary collection of children's urine for heroin testing, drug education for school children which emphasizes "heroin and other substances will weaken them and their country, and that using such substances shows a lack of character", more funding for "faith-based anti-heroin initiatives as part of a preventive health strategy" and building a physical wall between countries that: "pollute our population with drugs".

Personal life[edit]

Ablow's wife, Deborah Jean Small, is an attorney. He has two kids, Cole Ablow and Devin Ablow.[33]



  • Medical School: Getting In, Staying In, Staying Human (1987)
  • How to Cope with Depression (1989)
  • To Wrestle With Demons: A Psychiatrist Struggles to Understand His Patients and Himself (1992)
  • Anatomy of a Psychiatric Illness: Healing the Mind and Brain (1993)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Kappler: The Doctor Who Became a Killer (1994)
  • Without Mercy: The Shocking True Story of a Doctor Who Murdered (1996)
  • Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson (2005)
  • Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty (2007)
  • The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life (2011) (co-authored with Glenn Beck)
  • Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait (2011)


The series features Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist from Massachusetts.

  • Denial (1998)
  • Projection (1999)
  • Compulsion (2002)
  • Psychopath (2003)
  • Murder Suicide (2004)
  • The Architect (2005)


  1. ^ Ellin, Abby (1 October 2006). "Move Over, Dr. Phil, Freud Is Back". New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Ablow, Keith (April 1, 2007). Psychopath: A Novel. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-4299-0111-6. 
  3. ^ Connor, Cheryl (20 November 2014). "Should It Be Allowable To 'Diagnose' Mental Health In the Press?". Forbes. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Vox, Ford (30 September 2011). "Keith Ablow's Mentor: What's Wrong With the 'Medical A-Team' Doc's Ideas". The Atlantic. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Supporting the Transgender Members of the Tufts Community". September 28, 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "High School Alumni in Marblehead, Massachusetts". 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bio, Fox News Channel
  8. ^ "Certification and Status Verification System". American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Inside the Mind of John Mark Karr (Transcript)". CNN: "Larry King Live". October 17, 2006. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Dr. Keith Ablow Show: The Doctor is Out". TV Series Finale. February 5, 2007. 
  11. ^ Beck, Glenn; Ablow, Keith. "The 7". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fox News' Keith Ablow: Biden showed signs of dementia during debate". Huffington Post. October 15, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Keith Ablow - Chief Spokesperson and Brand Ambassador @ GOLO". CrunchBase. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ "GOLO'S New All Natural Weight Loss Solution Now Available" (Press release). PRWeb. April 25, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Is Keith Ablow Violating Fox's Policy Against Product Endorsements?". Media Matters for America. June 28, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Possible Republican candidate for special election visits FOX 25". FOX Boston. January 8, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ Vartabedian, Sonya (February 5, 2013). "Ablow: Will run with GOP backing". Newburyport News. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ Cerullo, Mac (February 9, 2013). "Ablow bows out of race for Senate". Newburyport News. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  19. ^ Ablow, Keith (April 11, 2011). "J. Crew Plants the Seeds for Gender Identity". Fox News. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ Donaldson, Susan (April 13, 2011). "J. Crew Ad With Boy Painting Toenails Pink Stirs Up Transgender Debate". ABC News. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  21. ^ Abraham, Tamara (April 13, 2011). "J Crew ad featuring five-year-old boy with neon pink toenails sparks debate about gender identity in children". Daily Mail. London, UK. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  22. ^ Bascaramurty, Dakshana (April 13, 2011). "Is it wrong to paint your son's nails bright pink?". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  23. ^ Badash, David (April 11, 2011). "Fox News Attacks J. Crew President For Ad With Son's Toenails Pink". The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Bill O'Reilly Hilariously Tries To Dissect The Popularity Of 'Gangnam Style': He's 'Doing The Pony'!".  by Josh Feldman, 9:12 pm, November 27th, 2012.
  25. ^ Ablow, Keith (January 20, 2012). "Newt Gingrich's three marriages mean he might make a strong president -- really". 
  26. ^ Dreher, Rod (January 20, 2012). "Fox M.D.: Newt's serial marriages good for America". The American Conservative. 
  27. ^ Chasmar, Jessica. "Fox's Keith Ablow: Michelle Obama 'needs to drop a few'". The Washington Times. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  28. ^ Scarry, Eddie. "Fox's Keith Ablow Tells Female Co-Hosts They Could Stand to 'Lose Five Pounds', Shouting Ensues". Mediaite. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  29. ^ Ablow, Keith (October 9, 2014). "Ebola outbreak: Why Obama is allowing Ebolaphobia to spread". Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Dr. Keith Ablow: We don't have a president who puts Americans first". October 14, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  31. ^ Taibi, Catherine (October 14, 2014). "Fox News Host Takes Dig At Fox News Doctor Over Obama, Ebola Comments". Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  32. ^ Ablow, Keith (May 5, 2015). "Fox's Dr. Keith Ablow: 'Men Should Be Able to Veto Women's Abortions'". Mediatite. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  33. ^ Giacobbe, Alyssa (January 2007). "Got Problems? Can't Fix Them? It's Mom and Dad's Fault". Boston Magazine. 

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