Peter J. Whitehouse MD-PhD has a primary appointment as Professor of Neurology, with secondary positions as Professor of Psychiatry, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Organizational Behavior, and former appointments (but current interests) in Psychology, Bioethics, History, and Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. He is also currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an incoming fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and President of Intergenerational Schools International. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and MD-PhD (Psychology) from The Johns Hopkins University (with PhD work at Harvard and Boston Universities), followed by a Fellowship in Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Neurology Residency, and faculty appointments at Hopkins. He has served in national and international leadership positions in neurology, geriatrics, and public health.
In 1999 Peter founded with his wife, Catherine, The Intergenerational Schools, unique public, multiage community schools in Cleveland. He is a serial social innovator with a focus on learning environments. He is the author and editor of hundreds of academic papers, book chapters, books, and multimedia projects ranging from genetics and cognitive neuroscience, to clinical issues, to community and public health, and ethics and the humanities. He often takes a critical stance towards exiting models of thought.
Peter is a prevention oriented, intergenerational neurologist. His current main academic and practice focus is on ecopsychosocial models of brain health and aging and the role of the arts and humanities in health. He is currently focusing on new conceptions of wisdom and quality of life.
He explores the evolving meaning of old and new words and the importance of narrative in all
domains of life. He is an aspiring geek and artist focusing on digital photography. He is also
actively engaged in understanding and contributing to cultural responses to climate change,
social injustice, economic inequality and other complex wicked problems. Peter considers
himself an intergenerative, transdisciplinary, action-oriented scholar.