conducted by Rob Simpson '69
"I hearken back to Aristotle and the nature of happiness. These thoughts have been around forever - about what people need. It's not a mystery, we just need to re-entrench ourselves in that stuff."
In a wide-ranging conversation, these two mental health professionals (and radio personalities) discuss how a stressed-out Amherst undergrad became the most listened-to doctor in America; and how Dr. Drew is using the power of his own fame to mitigate the insidious influence of the "Celebrity Industrial Complex" in Hollywood and beyond.
Dr. Rob Simpson '69 is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brattleboro Retreat, a nationally recognized not-for-profit, mental health and addictions treatment center. He has over 35 years experience in the mental health and substance abuse fields. After graduating from Amherst with a degree in Russian, he earned advanced degrees from Simmons College (MSW), Harvard University (MPH) and the University of Utah where he earned a doctorate in Social Work. His career has been a demonstration of exceptional clinical care and advocacy for the needs of those who seek healthcare services.