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Nick’s Bio

The purpose of this web site is to display and receive your comments about books I have written.  These books reflect a number of areas I have been interested in over the years.

Professionally, I received a B.A. degree from Stanford and an M.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.  I interned at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and received psychiatric residency training at the University of California, San Francisco.  I now am an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and I directed the group therapy training program there and at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  In 2003, I received the J. Elliott Royer Award for excellence in Academic Psychiatry.  I am a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  For over 20 years I conducted research in group therapy and wrote a book entitled Group Therapy for Schizophrenic Patients.  My latest book in this area is Integrative Group Therapy for Psychosis: An Evidence-Based Approach.

For over 50 years I have written about space psychology and psychiatry.  I have been the Principal Investigator of several NASA-funded and ESA-sponsored international psychological research projects involving astronauts and cosmonauts in space.  In 1999, I received the Aerospace Medical Association Raymond F. Longacre Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Aerospace Medicine.  In 2008, I received the International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Award. I am the co-author of the text book Space Psychology and Psychiatry, which won the 2004 International Acad­emy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award and is in its second edition.  More recently, I have written a book for the general public entitled Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles, which won the 2016 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award.  In 2017, I gave the Psi Chi Keynote Speech on space psychology at the Eastern Psychological Association Convention in Boston; I was invited by the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute to participate in a Mars mission social sciences workshop at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and I was invited to give a series of lectures on space psychology to students at Beihang University, Beijing, China.  My latest book came out in 2023 and is entitled Behavioral Health and Human Interactions in Space.

I have collected antiquarian celestial maps for over 30 years.  I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (London) and have given talks on the history of celestial cartography to amateur and professional groups.  I have written many articles and two books on astronomical history and celestial mapping: Star Maps (now in its expanded, hard-bound third edition) and Solar System Maps.

I have been an amateur as­tronomer for over 50 years and have given talks at numerous amateur astronomy meetings and several World Science Fiction Conventions. I have written articles for Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine, one of which won the annual readers’ poll award for the 2015 Best Fact Article.  I also have published three science fiction novels: The New Martians, The Protos Mandate, and The Caloris Network.

Enough about me!  Let me hear from you.


3 responses

  1. Yo, cool blog!


    May 8, 2015 at 6:07 PM

  2. Pete

    Looks great!


    May 10, 2015 at 5:17 PM

  3. Pingback: Book Review: The Caloris Network - Universe Today

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