Dale Archer, M.D., is a board-certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Archer was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a Tulane Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa, he received his BA in Philosophy with honors, and continued at Tulane where he received his M.D. from the School of Medicine. Dr. Archer attended The University of Texas for his internship in Internal Medicine and while there he found his calling and completed his Residency in Psychiatry.
In 1988, he founded The Institute for Neuropsychiatry in Lake Charles, Louisiana, a clinic which now staffs multiple psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and nurse practitioners who all treat a wide variety of mental health conditions. Dr. Archer considers himself a 'General Psychiatrist' and feels that the vast specialization that has occurred within the field misses the point that all human behavior is connected and that to treat one problem without assessing all aspects of the individual's life has only a limited chance for success.
He has worked as a prison psychiatrist, served as an expert witness in hundreds of criminal court cases (sanity and competency evals) and has been the corporate medical director for a 20 facility Addiction treatment group, He is now the Medical Director for psychiatric services at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and is the psychiatric consultant for the SW Louisiana Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program which trains police officers how to recognize and deal with mental illness. Recently he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Louisiana Medical Advisory Board.
Dr. Archer is a media veteran with over two decades of experience. He started a weekly, mental illness news segment at the Lake Charles NBC affiliate in 1990. He has had three successful radio shows, including the very popular call-in show "Taking Charge with Dr. Dale Archer" and a regional and internet based TV talk show, "The Dr. Dale Archer Show". He has appeared on most of the top national news shows talking about various psychological issues.
Dr. Archer has authored several articles, as well as the book Chemical Imbalance Depression. He currently writes "Taking Charge", an advice column now syndicated nationally in numerous magazines and newspapers. He is also the author of The New York Times bestseller, Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional, which redefines what constitutes a mental illness.
In January 2009, Dr. Archer launched http://DrDaleArcher.com, a free psychological advice and blog website that combines common sense guidance and medical expertise.
He now splits his time between Louisiana and New York City and continues to pursue his two primary missions: Dispensing advice on a variety of psychological issues and dispelling the many myths and stigmas that surround mental illness.