Keith Ablow

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Keith Ablow
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BornKeith Russell Ablow
(1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 56)
Marblehead, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materBrown University
Johns Hopkins University
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Deborah Jean Small

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] He was formerly an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.[4]

Early life and education[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.[5] 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[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9]

Television and writing career[edit]

Ablow has written columns 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.[10] 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.[11]

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. 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.[8][9]

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,[12] 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.[13] On April 11, 2011, Ablow wrote a health column for[14] 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.[15][16][17][18]

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."[19] The column was harshly 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."[20]

In 2012, Ablow accused the 2012 World Cup of having been a plot by President Obama to distract America from what Ablow believed were Obama scandals.[21][22]

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]."[21][23][24] On an August 21, 2014 segment, he told the women panelists on the show that they also needed to lose weight.[25]

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."[26] He stated that President Obama was not protecting the United States from Ebola because his "affiliations" and "affinities" were more with Africa than with America.[27] His Ebola comments drew criticism, including from Fox television host Greg Gutfeld, one of the hosts of The Five, another Fox News program.[28]

On May 5, 2015, on another segment of Outnumbered, Ablow stated that he believed that men should be able to "veto" women's abortions.[29]

On November 23, 2016, on the Fox News opinion website, Ablow called for involuntary hospitalization of anyone who used heroin, involuntary collection of children's urine for heroin testing, drug education for school children which emphasized that "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 he said "pollute our population with drugs."[30]

Ablow serves as chief spokesperson and brand ambassador for Golo, a company that sells a weight loss supplement.[31][32] 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.[33]

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,[34] 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.[35] 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.[36]

Commentary on his medical ethics[edit]

The Associated Press has reported that Ablow "freely mixes psychiatric assessments with political criticism, a unique twist in the realm of cable news commentary that some medical colleagues find unethical."[24] Ablow has, for instance, frequently diagnosed former President Barack Obama as having "abandonment issues," without ever having met or treated the former president.[24] Ablow has asserted that Obama dislikes the United States, that he prefers Africa to the United States, and wants the United States to dissolve.[24] The Washington Post, in the middle of October 2014, published an opinion-editorial which accused Ablow of having promoted a conspiracy theory that Obama wanted Ebola to spread to America because he wanted America to suffer as much as poor countries.[37][38] He publicly speculated, in a contribution he made to the Huffington Post on October 18, 2012, that then-Vice President Joe Biden had dementia after his 2012 VP debate performance.[39]

Ford Vox, a staff psychiatrist at the Shepherd Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, said that Ablow's attempts to connect his political views to medical analysis "is really just irresponsible and it's embarrassing for physicians in general."[24] Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and past president of the American Psychiatric Association, remarked sadly, "It is shameful and unfortunate that he is given a platform by Fox News or any other media organization. Basically he is a narcissistic self-promoter of limited and dubious expertise."[24]

Personal life[edit]

Ablow's wife, Deborah Jean Small, is an attorney. He has two children, daughter Devin and son Cole.[40]



  • 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. ^ "High School Alumni in Marblehead, Massachusetts". 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Bio, Fox News Channel
  7. ^ "Certification and Status Verification System". American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Ablow, Keith (1997). Denial : a novel (1st ed.). New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 9780679442110.
  9. ^ a b "Keith Ablow:Review and synopsis of Murder Suicide:".
  10. ^ Volsky, Igor (20 September 2011). "Fox News' Keith Ablow: Being Transgender Is 'An Exact Parallel' To Anorexia, Heroin Addiction". "During an appearance on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor". ThinkProgress.
  11. ^ Somers, Sandra. "The Psychiatrist as Novelist: A Discussion with Keith Ablow | Psychiatric Times". UBM Medica, LLC,.
  12. ^ Beck, Glenn; Ablow, Keith. "The 7". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  13. ^ HENDRICKSON, DYKE (13 February 2017). "Psychiatrist offers new technology to battle depression". The Daily News of Newburyport. Newburyport Daily News. newburyportnews.
  14. ^ Ablow, Keith (April 11, 2011). "J. Crew Plants the Seeds for Gender Identity". Fox News. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  15. ^ Donaldson, Susan (April 13, 2011). "J. Crew Ad With Boy Painting Toenails Pink Stirs Up Transgender Debate". ABC News. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Ablow, Keith (January 20, 2012). "Newt Gingrich's three marriages mean he might make a strong president -- really".
  20. ^ Dreher, Rod (January 20, 2012). "Fox M.D.: Newt's serial marriages good for America". The American Conservative.
  21. ^ a b "Fox News Contributor Says Michelle Obama Should 'Drop A Few' Pounds". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  22. ^ "Keith Ablow is right: The World Cup is a plot to distract America from President Obama's scandals". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  23. ^ "Fox News doctor: First Lady "needs to drop a few"". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  24. ^ a b c d e f Press, Associated. "Correction: TV-Fox-Keith Ablow story". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  25. ^ Scarry, Eddie. "Fox's Keith Ablow Tells Female Co-Hosts They Could Stand to 'Lose Five Pounds', Shouting Ensues". Mediaite. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  26. ^ Ablow, Keith (October 9, 2014). "Ebola outbreak: Why Obama is allowing Ebolaphobia to spread". Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  27. ^ "Dr. Keith Ablow: We don't have a president who puts Americans first". October 14, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  28. ^ Taibi, Catherine (October 14, 2014). "Fox News Host Takes Dig At Fox News Doctor Over Obama, Ebola Comments". Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  29. ^ Ablow, Keith (May 5, 2015). "Fox's Dr. Keith Ablow: 'Men Should Be Able to Veto Women's Abortions'". Mediatite. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  30. ^ Ablow, Keith (2016-11-23). "President-elect Trump, you can win a real war on heroin". Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  31. ^ "Keith Ablow - Chief Spokesperson and Brand Ambassador @ GOLO". CrunchBase. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  32. ^ "GOLO'S New All Natural Weight Loss Solution Now Available" (Press release). PRWeb. April 25, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  33. ^ "Is Keith Ablow Violating Fox's Policy Against Product Endorsements?". Media Matters for America. June 28, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  34. ^ "Possible Republican candidate for special election visits FOX 25". FOX Boston. January 8, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  35. ^ Vartabedian, Sonya (February 5, 2013). "Ablow: Will run with GOP backing". Newburyport News. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  36. ^ Cerullo, Mac (February 9, 2013). "Ablow bows out of race for Senate". Newburyport News. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  37. ^ Wemple, Erik; Wemple, Erik (2014-10-16). "Conspiracy theory-driven Fox News doc recently scored contract renewal". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  38. ^ Taibi, Catherine (2014-10-14). "Fox News Host Takes Dig At Fox News Doctor Over Obama, Ebola Comments". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  39. ^ "Fox News' Keith Ablow: Biden showed signs of dementia during debate". Huffington Post. October 15, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  40. ^ Starr, Michael (July 2006). "New Doc In Town – He's Here To Help, But Don't Call Him Phil". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2017-06-24.

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