Q and A With Dr. John J. Ratey


NCSL 2016 Legislative Summit | Aug. 10, 2016

Dr. John J. Ratey is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, research synthesizer, speaker and best-selling author.  He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of aggression, autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry. With the publication of his book, "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain,” Ratey has established himself as a leading expert in the brain-fitness connection. Consistently named one of the best doctors in America by his peers, Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, and well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Men’s Health, Fitness Magazine, and other national publications. Ratey maintains a private practice in Cambridge, Mass.

Ratey was a speaker for the “Healthy Kids are Better Learners” session during the 2016 NCSL Legislative Summit. In this interview, Ratey talks about his research on physical activity and the link to better student performance in schools.

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