Dr. David Brendel, MD, PhD

David is a psychiatrist, executive coach, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author, and public philosopher living and working in Boston, Massachusetts.

As a psychiatrist…

David created an internationally recognized medical practice. Through this practice, David has helped thousands of patients dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, borderline personality, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other psychological conditions. David completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, was the Chief Resident at McLean Hospital, and was a Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and Professions.

As a certified executive coach…

David built one of America’s premier executive coaching firms, Leading Minds Executive Coaching. Through LMEC, David empowers clients to enhance their leadership skills by making critical mindset and behavior changes to drive growth and success. He has many years’ experience coaching executives and high-level professionals in healthcare, biotech, pharmaceuticals, technology, financial services, higher education, insurance, law, and manufacturing. He specializes in applying evidence-based psychology to help individuals and teams manage stress and reach peak performance.

As an entrepreneur…

David co-founded Strategy of Mind, a global executive coaching & consulting firm that helps companies perform better by focusing on its most important component: people. Through a unique blend of scalable executive coaching, team workshops, & keynote speaker events, Strategy of Mind relies upon the power of human psychology and organizational science to powerfully transform any organization by building high-performing human teams.

As an author…

David is the author of two ground-breaking books, first Healing Psychiatry published in 2009 with MIT Press. His second book, Death By Numbers, was authored alongside his Strategy of Mind co-founder, Ryan Stelzer, and is scheduled to appear in 2020 with Hachette: PublicAffairs.

As a public philosopher…

David is an experienced writer, teacher, public speaker, and thought leader in his areas of expertise. He has written dozens of peer-reviewed papers in distinguished medical journals and countless articles for leading publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and LinkedIn Pulse. He has been interviewed by or appeared in a wide range of media outlets, including ABC News, PBS, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and The Economist.


Academic Background

  • MD, Harvard Medical School

  • PhD, University of Chicago

  • BA, Yale University

  • Professional Certified Executive Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF)

  • Certified Provider of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA)

Dr. David Brendel, MD, PhD

Dr. David Brendel, MD, PhD