Sep 10 2007

About The Author – Steven Novella, MD

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Dr. Novella is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He is the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He is also a senior fellow and Director of Science-Based Medicine at the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and a founding fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine.

The NeuroLogicaBlog covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society.

Dr. Novella is also the founder, executive editor, and regular contributor to Science-Based Medicine, a blog dedicated to issues of science and medicine.

If you would like to contact Dr. Novella to suggest a topic for this blog, ask a question, or give feedback, you can e-mail him directly at: [email protected]

Dr. Novella is also available for public lectures, radio, podcast, or other media appearances. Contact him through the e-mail address above to request an appearance.

Dr. Novella has completed two 24 lecture courses with the Teaching Company: Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us and Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, both available for purchase as audio CD, video DVD or download.

Dr. Novella is also an editor and co-author on a series of e-Books on Science-Based Medicine available here on Amazon, on iTunes, and for the Nook.


Media and Public Appearances:



10/27/2017  – CSICon, Las Vegas, – “How to Survive in a Post Truth World”

10/18/2017 – Medscape: Should Doctors Embrace or Reject Alternative Treatments?

06/30/2017  – NECSS, New York, – “Neuroscience Hype vs Hope”

06/28/2017 – “What Used to be Fraud is Now Alternative Medicine”: Doc-to-Doc with Steve Novella, MD 

08/17/2015 – Big Picture Science: Health Gimmicks

7/27/2015 – Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

05/23/2015 – Big Picture Science: After the Hereafter.

5/2/2015 – Live streaming celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the SGU. Noon to 10pm Eastern.

04/23/2015 – Interview on Skepticality

04/23/2015 – Huffpost Live: Is America’s Doctor a Quack?

04/22/2015 – The Science of Snakeoil: The Colin McEnroe show on NPR

09/14/2014 – Big Picture Science interview regarding propellantless thrust

09/10/2014 – Interview for The Humanist Hour podcast.

07/14/2014 – YouTube video, interview with Susan Gerbic regarding Perry DeAngelis

07/10-13/2014 – The Amazing Meeting (TAM) 2014

05/13/2014 – The Prism Podcast interview

04/11/2014 – Intelligence Squared debate, Death Is Not Final

02/14/2014 – Interview on Mother Jones and their  Inquiring Minds podcast on GMO

01/16/2-14 – You Are Not So Smart podcast

11/06/2013 – 60 Minutes Sports, segment on deer antler spray.

10/16/2013 – Monster Talk: The Warren Omission

10/15/2013 – eHow Tech: Internet Hoaxes

10/14/2013 – Goldstein on Gelt, interview about skepticism

09/15/2013 – America Weekend with Paul Harris

07/11-14/2013 – The Amazing Meeting (TAM) 2013

03/24/2013 – Big Picture Science

03/21/2013 – The Skeptic Zone

02/22/2013 – Skeptically Speaking

04/21-22/2012 – NECSS 2012

01/12/2012 – Meet the Skeptic, episode 34

10/27-30/2011 – CSICON, New Orleans

09/02-04/2011 – DragonCon 2011, Atlanta, GA – Presentations in the Science and Skepticism tracks

07/14-17/2011 – TAM9 – The Amazing Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

05/22/2011 – Skeptically Speaking: Science-Based Medicine and the Media

04/26/2011 – The Dr. Oz show: Controversial Medicine: Alternative Health

04/09/2011 – NECSS 2011 – The Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, New York NY

04/04/2011 – Reddit AMA 

03/10/2011 – Interview with Suicide Girls

03/01/2011 – Podcast Squared interview

02/24/2011 – Inside Edition: Power Bracelets

02/22/2011 – NPR: All Things Considered – Cell Phone Radio Waves Excite Brain Cells

02/22/2011 – Live chat on alternative medicine with Trine Tsouderos from the Chicago Tribune

02/13/2011 – Inkredulous Podcast #9

02/5-6/2011 – QED Conference Manchester, UK (YouTube of Keynote)

12/30/2010 – Minnesota Public Radio – The Year in Medicine

11/26-28/2010 – TAM Australia, Sydney

11/20/2010 – SGU Live Show with George Hrab, Vancouver, Canada – sponsored by CFI Vancouver

09/09/2010 – Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour Episode #63

07/08-11/2010 – TAM8 – The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas (Science-Based Medicine Workshop and SGU Live Show)

05/26/2010 – Skeptiko interview on Near-Death Experiences

05/10/2010 – Reasonable Doubts podcast on Intelligent Design and Neuroscience

04/24/2010 – H1N1, Evolution, and the Public Understanding of Science – 29th Annual Conference of ESATYCB

04/17/2010 – NECSS 2010 – the NorthEast Conference on Science and Skepticism, New York

04/12/2010 – Critical Hit podcast – Interview about Gaming Addiction and Neurological Effects.

03/03/2010 – Monster Talk  –Interview about Ghost Hunting

02/21/2010 – Radio Rounds –Interview with Dr. Steven Novella

02/17/2010 – NPR All Things Considered: Follow up On Rom Houben Case

02/05/2010 – Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour – Retracting the Needle from Autism

02/04/2010 – Inside Edition – Follow up on the Desiree Jennings story.

01/25/2010 – Science…Sort Of: Interview about skepticism with Dr. Novella

01/06/2010 – NPR All Things Considered: Autism Clusters Linked to Parents Education

12/22/2009 – Minnesota Public Radio: In the Loop with Jeff Horwich – Year-End Interview: Super- Skeptic Steve Novella

11/30/2009 – Are We Alone: Vaccines: Give ‘Em Your Best Shot

10/11/2009 – Reality Check # 59, interview with the Ottawa Skeptics

09/12/2009 – Nirmukta Radio interview

09/04/2009 – DragonCon 2009: The Neurology of Skepticism, Swine Flu Panel

07/10-12/2009 – TAM 7 – Live SGU Shows and Panel discussion on vaccines and autism.

07/09/2009 – Science-Based Medicine Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

06/17/2009 – Jefferson Public Radio, The Jefferson Exchange about Alternative Medicine

02/20/2009 – NPR – All Things Considered: Doubting Darwin: Debate Over The Mind’s Evolution

01/16/2009 – Jefferson Public Radio, The Jefferson Exchange about Skepticism (download podcast)

11/21/2008 – The Skeptic Zone #6, the podcast from Australia for Science and Reason (Transcript)

8/29/2008-8/31/2008 – DragonCon 2008 Skeptic Track, Atlanta

7/5/2008 – The Amateur Scientist Podcast: Inside the Amateur Scientist Studio

6/25/2008 – WNYC – NPR Station: Soundcheck – Music Therapy

6/21/2008 – TAM6, Las Vegas

4/28/2008 – Sounds Reasonable WHRW-FM, SUNY Binghamton’s campus radio station

4/17/2008 – Science Skepticism and Superstition in the 21st Century, Guest Lecture – Westchester Community College

1/08/2008 – The Reason Driven Podcast

12/14/2007 – Brain Science Podcast Interview

12/12/2007 – Court TV Radio, Modern Scopes Trial – Evolution vs Intelligent Design, Dr. Novella is the expert witness for evolution

12/8/2007 – New York City Skeptics – Skeptical Activism (Jefferson Market Branch, NY Public Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas)

10/25/2007 – University of CT, 2-4PM – A Debate: Homeopathy – Quackery Or A Key To The Future of Medicine?

10/12/2007 – Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Medical Grand Rounds – Science-Based Medicine

9/24/2007 – Line One KSKA Public Radio – Making Medical Decisions

8/11/2007 – SGU Live Recording – Teaching Science and Skepticism

6/04/2007 – Astronomy Cast – Astrology and UFO’s

5/12/2007 – Beyond Reality Radio – Demons and Demonology

4/21/2007 – The Infidel Guy – Is the Field of Psychiatry Scientific?

1/21/2007 – TAM5 – Dispelling the Natural Myth

11/1/2006 – History Channel – History of Exorcism

7/11/2005 – Penn & Teller: Bullshit – Ghostbusters

6/8/2003 – Capital District Humanist Society – Alternative Medicine: A skeptical look

6/22/2002 – Fourth World Skeptics Conference – Healthcare Freedom and Regulation

4/21/1999 – Central CT Humanist Society – Science and Medicine

2/27/1999 – Science Meets Alternative Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, Sponsored by CSICOP – The Myth of the Hidden Cure

2/12/1999 – CultInfo National Conference – Scientific Skepticism

1999 – Bee Sting Therapy – Exploring the Unknown episode #3 on Fox Family Channel

10/24/1998 – Conspiracies and Hoaxes: A Skeptical Review, CSICOP/NESS Conference, Wakefield, MA

1997 – Spontaneous Human Combustion – The Unexplained on A&E

9/31/1996 – I’m a Real Life Vampire – The Ricki Lake Show

Lectures for the New England Skeptical Society

7/22/2006 – Intelligent Design: An Update

8/13/2005 – Vaccines and Autism

5/15/2003 – The Skeptics Diet: What does the scientific evidence really say about nutrition and weight loss?

11/23/2002 – Intelligent Design: The New Creationism

6/24/2000 – UFO’s: The Psychocultural Hypothesis

11/11/2000 – Iridology, Phrenology and Other Medical Pseudosciences

12/11/1999 – Science and Religion Panel Discussion

7/25/1998 – Alternative Medicine

Mentions in Print and other Media

08/22/2014 – Medical News Today, article on scientific literacy and news reporting.

07/17/2012 – Doubtful News reviews debate with anti-vaxxer.

02/18/2010 – The Chicago Tribune, Coma patient’s communication wasn’t real, neurologist says

02/05/2010 – Los Angeles Times, Health Section, discussing skeptical blogs – mentions SBM, NeuroLogica, and SkepticBlog

07/24/2009 – The Darien News regarding Chronic Lyme Disease

05/19/2009 – The Irish Times regarding Stem-Cell therapy is China

05/10/2009 – Quoted extensively in article for Popular Mechanics on Spontaneous Human Combustion

03/17/2009 – Washington Post article on NCCAM

2008 – Debate in Opposing Views: Does Acupuncture Work?

09/30/2008 – Article on about Near Death Experiences

09/02/2008 – Article on hyperbaric oxygen for autism in the OCRegister

08/28/2008 – Article about skepticism in Vue Weekly

07/31/2008 – Quoted in article on Autism for Experts slam NIH study on chelation therapy

03/12/2008 – NeuroLogica was listed on as one of the “Go To Blogs” on the autism-vaccine debate

03/08/2008 – New Scientist article on Autism and Vaccines quotes Dr. Novella extensively.

02/2008 – Dr. Novella featured in Cectic cartoon

11/2007 – In the Lyme Light, by Liese Klein in New Haven Magazine

10/26/2007 – To Haunt or Not To Haunt: Two Perspectives, by David Harry and Michael Hartwell

2/18/2007 – Angels Singing Caught on Tape, By Joe Kovacs in World Net Daily

5/3/2006 – Interview with Steven Novella

11/28/2005 – Invasion of the Pod People, by Jennifer Delony in CT Business News Journal

10/31/2005 – Skeptical Society Wants Residents to Breath Easy, by Jim Shelton in Register Citizen

10/7/2005 – ‘Skeptical’ neurologist works to separate science from sham, by Jacqueline Weaver in the Yale Bulletin

3/2004 – Standing Up for Common Sense, by Doug Maine in Connecticut Life

8/24/1997 – Taking the Wind from Silly Sails, by Michael Pollak in The New York Times

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