John M. Talmadge, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor, Brain Performance Institute

Dr. John M. Talmadge is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The Duke University School of Medicine, and he holds the rank of Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He consults in the fields of general psychiatry, addiction medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and behavioral medicine. In the Spring of 2015, Dr. Talmadge joined the Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute as Senior Medical Advisor conducting clinical consultation, strategic planning, oversight of program offerings and development of the Brain Performance Institute.

One of the first addiction specialists certified by both The American Society of Addiction Medicine and The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Talmadge was the first Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical School. In addition, he has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career: U.T. Southwestern's Department of Psychiatry Outstanding Teacher of the Year; the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Medical Education at UT Southwestern Medical School; the Arthur M. Griffin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education; and The Agent of Change Award given by The Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Notably, Dr. Talmadge served as a volunteer physician in Vietnam in 1972, caring for women, children, the elderly, and other casualties of war, and was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve in 1988.  He continues to work with veterans both as a practicing physician and at the Brain Performance Institute. Dr. Talmadge’s current efforts include theoretical research in the nature of addictions; exploring mindfulness meditation in clinical and everyday settings; and promoting positive psychology, the science of happiness.

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