Who We Are


John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S.

I currently serve as Chief of Staff at the Menninger Clinic and as Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Previously, I served as Professor of Psychiatry and as the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Endowed Chair in Personality Disorders. I have had the privilege of serving as president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and of the American College of Psychiatrists. I’ve also headed the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders and the Association for Research on Personality Disorders, and I am an editor of several journals, including the Journal of Personality Disorders.

Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine are my alma maters. I pursued my psychiatric and psychoanalytic training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Later I served as chief medical officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health and was named the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and the Law at Columbia. Before returning to Baylor, I served as professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and executive director of the Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. I came to Baylor as senior vice president and chief of staff of the Menninger Clinic.

Throughout my career, in my academic work and in my clinical practice, I have had an abiding special interest in the field of personality styles, types, and disorders. Recently, for the APA, I served as co-chair of the Work Group on Personality and Personality Disorders for the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which developed an Alternative Model for DSM-5 Personality Disorders, now published in Section III of DSM-5.


Lois B. Morris

As a journalist and author, I have written extensively on mental health and behavior. My “Mood News” column appeared in Allure magazine for 25 years. My work has appeared in numerous other publications, such as the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Good Housekeeping, Self, More, Health, Natural Health, and Prevention.

I’ve written nine books, most on mental and physical health subjects. After the publication of the original Personality Self-Portrait, I had the good fortune to work with Dr. Oldham again, coediting the award-winning Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Complete Home Guide to Mental Health.

My latest book has more to do with my own mental health, which unfailingly improves as I listen to opera and/or travel. I indulged both loves when I coauthored Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met with Hao Jiang Tian, who grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution.


Alok Madan, Ph.D., M.P.H.

I currently am the Vice Chair for the Department of Psychiatry at Houston Methodist Hospital. Overall, my clinical and research interests include mental health quality and outcomes, psychosomatic and behavioral medicine, and neuromodulation (especially for the management of chronic pain). I am also Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth).

Evaluating and managing personality styles and personality disorders has been an integral part of all my endeavors since the earliest days of my training.  And I have had the good fortune to have worked with Dr. John Oldham at two separate institutions and have collaborated with him on numerous research presentations and publications.

I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology and master of public health degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I’ve held positions in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Baylor College of Medicine and The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas.

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