Bryant Welch

Clinical Psychologist

Bryant Welch’s background as a prominent clinical psychologist and attorney has made him an invested advocate for human wellbeing during difficult political times. He recently reissued an updated 2018 version of his book, State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind, that describes the two-decade deterioration of the American mind and how it led to the election of Donald Trump and America’s increasingly bizarre political behavior.

Previously, Welch lived in Washington D.C. for seventeen years, and served as the first Executive Director for Professional Practice of the American Psychological Association. He oversaw organized psychology’s most successful advocacy era leading successful efforts to expand access to psychological care and using psychological understanding to combat human rights abuses in many settings. For these efforts he received numerous awards including an APA Presidential Citation for “seminal contributions to the field of psychology.” He has been an outspoken opponent of the APA’s recent involvement in human torture.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Mind Over Chatter: Exploring Climate Psychology

Nov 29 2018 - 6:30pm

We all know about the environmental and physical effects of climate change. But what about its impact on our mental health? Therapists report that their patients are exhibiting symptoms of what they call “climate anxiety” – loss of sleep, changes in appetite, feelings of grief, anger and hopelessness. How do we maintain our optimism in the face of a global existential crisis? And how do we talk with others about our fears without turning them off – or freaking them out? Three climate psychologists discuss how to cope with mounting anxiety brought on by climate change.

REWIND: Exploring Climate Psychology / Getting Outside in the Digital Age

We all know about the environmental and physical effects of climate change. But what about its impact on our mental health?  According to some psychologists, their patients who report trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, feelings of dread or hopelessness, could be suffering from climate anxiety. 

“I’m starting to notice in my practice that sometimes people come in with ambient anxiety,” reports clinical psychotherapist Leslie Davenport. “They’re just more distressed, even if they haven't always connected the dots about why.”