Pierce, Chester M.
Chester Middlebook Pierce (born 1927), M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1952, A.B., Harvard College, 1948, was a senior psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, a psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and professor of education at Harvard University. He also served on the faculty of the Harvard T.C. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Pierce held rank of Commander in the US Navy as well as senior consultant to the Surgeon General of the US Air Force, the Children’s Television Network, the US Arctic Research Commission, the Peace Corps, and NASA. Dr. Pierce was the president of both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He was on the Carter Center Mental Health Task Force from 2001 to 2004, and was the founding president of the Black Psychiatrists of America Association and National Chairperson of the Child Development Associate Consortium. Dr. Pierce published more than 180 books, articles, and reviews during his life, primarily on extreme environments, racism, media, and sports medicine. He took many professional trips to Antarctica where a peak bears his name (Pierce Peak). Dr. Pierce organized an African Diaspora conference in 2002 that ultimately led to the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of International Psychiatry in 2003. The Division was renamed in 2009 as the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry in Dr. Pierce’s honor.
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Overview: The Leon Eisenberg papers, 1905-2009 (inclusive), 1968-2005 (bulk), are the product of Eisenberg’s activities as a psychiatrist, educator, lecturer, and contributing member of national and international organizations. Eisenberg's main areas of research were autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety and depression.