Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ph.D.

Assorted writings, speeches, etc.

Through a back door darkly: New mental health insurance requirements. Costly and mandatory mental health coverage sneaks through in the Federal bailout bill. USAToday (Magazine), Vol. 137, No. 2764, pp. 30-32, January 2009

'Parity' through back door: Controversial and costly mental health coverage mandate is slipped through on back of bailout bill," co-authored with Richard E. VatzThe Baltimore Sun (Op-Ed),October 23, 2008

The murky politics of mind and bodyThe New York Times Week in Review by Sarah Kershaw,March 30, 2008

Psychiatry’s Valid but Dishonest Reconsiderations, co-authored with Richard E. Vatz, USA Today Magazine, March, 2008 58-60. Vol. 136, Iss. 2754

No to mental-health parity. The Washington Times, December 11, 2001

Mental-health parity. The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 1998

Foley's folly. Liberty, 20, 15, December

Another Szasz Award and the movie of Schaler's keynote speech, February 26, 2006. Over one thousand people in attendance.

Schaler, J.A. (2005). Just one sip for Sipowicz to slip. In G. Yeffeth (Ed.) What would Sipowicz do? Race, rights and redemption in NYPD Blue. Dallas, Texas: Benbella Books. pp. 63-71. (Permission to post on granted by G. Yeffeth.Visit BenBella Books

Schaler invited speech at the opening of the museum on the history of psychiatric abuse, Los Angeles, California, December 2005

Pictures from December 2005 and February 2006

A dialogue between Vatsal Thakkar, MD, and Jeffrey A. Schaler, PhD, August 28, 2005

You, robot. Liberty, October, 2004

Passing judgment (with S. Richman). The Washington Times, September 12, 2004

Brother Ray's hard candy. Liberty, August, 2004

Giving Marmor credit for the idea that homosexuality is not an illness is undeserved. British Medical Journal, 21 February 2004

Drug treatment: Just say no. The Baltimore Sun, March 30, 2004

Living and dying the state's way. Liberty, August, 2003.

Assessing addiction. New York Times, Science section, October 17, 2003

The medical marijuana scam. Liberty, July, 2003, pp. 11-12

Some problems with treatment for addiction. Addiction Research & Theory, Vol. II, No. 2, pp. 67-70, 2003.

Moral hygiene. SOCIETY. Volume 39, No. 4, 63-69, May/June. Transaction Publishers

Is marijuana medicine? Decision to smoke pot shouldn't involve doctors. The Baltimore Sun,May 12, 2003, op-ed, page 11A

Some drug treatment links church, state. The Baltimore Sun, March 15, 2003

S.U.V.s in America: A love-hate story. The New York Times, February 12, 2003

Stop funding 'fake' diseases. The Washington Times, January 18, 2003

Addiction Is a Choice Psychiatric Times, October, 2002

Was Doctor a Hero or Hypocrite? Philadelphia Inquirer, February 25, 2002

"Internet addiction: To diagnose or disregard," New Therapist (South Africa), May/June 2000.

What does genome project say about evolution? The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 2001

Presentation of the 1999 Richard J. Dennis Drug Peace Award to Arnold S. Trebach by Jeffrey A. Schaler on behalf of the Drug Policy Foundation, May 15, 1999

When a Killer Blames His Doctor. The New York Times, October 14, 1998

Todschweigen at Chestnut Hill College

Commentary on Sanua's "Prescription Privileges". Journal of Universal Peer Review, May 3, 1998

Legal fact and fiction in the Kaczynski case. Perspectives Magazine [online], Volume 3 (2), April-June, 1998 (A pre-trial outcome version of this article appeared as a guest column in The Sacramento Bee on January 21, 1998.)

Moderation Management uber alles. Psychnews International, Volume 3, Issue 2, June 1998

The meaning of depression. The New Yorker, February 9, 1998

Medical security risks. The Washington Post, November 16, 2001

Smoking and quitting are matters of free will; Personal responsibility, not physical addiction, is at core. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), April 1, 1997

It's wrong to let smokers hide behind the excuse of addiction. The Houston Chronicle, March 30, 1997

Medicine can do without religion or state. The New York Times, March 6, 1996

Thinking about drinking: The power of self-fulfilling prophecies. International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 7, 1996

Why single out Dr. Szasz for his views? The Medical Post (Toronto), Volume 31, No. 22, June 6, 1995

Who's 'sick'? What's the 'disease'?. The Washington Post, December 14, 1993

Health coverage for the mentally ill. The Washington Post, March 29, 1994 [With responses titled "Readers React to Idea of 'Fake Disease'," May 3, 1994]

Images of psychiatry. The Washington Post, June 30, 1992

Drinking and driving.The Washington Post, January 25, 1992

Drug use is a choice, not a disease. The Washington Post, June 26, 1989

AIDS and the psychiatrist's dilemma. The Washington Post, March 15, 1989

'AIDS and the medical fundamentalists.' The Washington Post, December 24, 1988

Alcoholism is not a disease. The Washington Post, October 25, 1988

Tools of addiction. The Washington Post, April 16, 1988

Click HERE to access a pdf document that contains three peer-reviewed articles published from my doctoral dissertation.

  • (1997). Addiction beliefs of treatment providers: Factors explaining variance. Addiction Research, 4, 367-384.

  • (1996). Spiritual thinking in addiction treatment providers. The Spiritual Belief Scale. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 14, 7-33.

  • (1995). The addiction belief scale. International Journal of the Addictions, 30, 117-134.

    There were a total of five publications from my doctoral dissertation. The three articles above, the article below, and a chapter in a book entitled

  • (1997). The case against alcoholism as a disease. In W. Shelton & R.B. Edwards (Eds.) Values, ethics, and alcoholism, pp. 21-49, Greenwich, CT.: JAI Press Inc. Chapter.

  • (Click the article here to access it.)(1996). Thinking about drinking: The power of self-fulfilling prophecies. International Journal of Drug Policy, 7, 187-192.
    See also

  • Drugs and free will. SOCIETY 28, no. 6 (September/October 1991)