Ed Pigott’s Bio

I’m a licensed psychologist practicing in Columbia, MD.  I’ve never held an academic appointment but have published 16 journal articles and three book chapters two of which were published by the American Psychiatric Association Press.  In the past two years, I’ve coauthored two journal articles providing a detailed analysis of STAR*D and am the sole author of the recently published article, “STAR*D:  A Tale and Trail of Bias.”

In addition to my clinical practice and research efforts, I’m a partner with two other psychologists in NeuroAdvantage, a neurotherapy company, and also consult.  My consulting is focused on analyzing research and writing papers summarizing it for consumers, health plans, and peer-reviewed publication.  I also assist clients in pursuing reimbursement for their products and/or services by utilizing provisions of the Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act.  My consulting clients in 2010 include Amen Clinics, Brain Resources, CNS Response, EEG Spectrum, International Society of Neurofeedback and Research, and Neuronetics.  For full disclosure, I’m also a partner in Tin Lizzie WineWorks.

From 1996 to 2000, I was the founder of PATHware, a behavioral health internet company that I sold in April 2000 to Lifescape, an internet subsidiary of ValueOptions’ Behavioral Health.From 1989 to 1995, I was the founder and president of PATH: Positive Alternatives To Hospitalization.  PATH psychologists, psychiatrists and clinical social workers used empirically-based treatment protocols to guide service delivery.  In 1993, I published a two-year follow-up study of 610 patients presenting for psychiatric hospitalization who were assigned to either inpatient care or PATH’s services. The study found that PATH not only averted the need for hospitalization over 80% of the time but that PATH patients had four times fewer psychiatric relapses compared to those individuals who were not served by PATH.  I sold PATH to Vendell Health Care in 1993.

From 1987-1989, I was the founding director of HomeBased Family Services at Klingberg Family Centers. I helped develop an innovative program providing intensive in-home treatment services to families with children identified for state-funded institutional care. The program was extremely successful and continues in operation to this day.

I earned my Ph.D in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1984 as well as a Master of Arts in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1982.


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