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Robert Garwood is recently retired from psychiatric practice, having specialized in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.  He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York; at ten years of age he began collecting rocks and minerals with a desire to become a geologist.  During his high school years, he spent two summers in a National Science Foundation sponsored program at the University of Buffalo working with color centers in the alkali halides.  He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in geology at the University of Michigan in 1967 (Phi Beta Kappa).  He continued his geological studies at Harvard University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  Following a series of major life reexaminations, beginning first with reading the collected papers of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, he returned to the University of Michigan in 1968, taking courses in philosophy and psychology.  This was followed by a year-long journey through Europe, culminating in a decision to change his career path to medicine and psychiatry.  He completed his M.D. degree at the University of Michigan in 1975.  Residency and Child Fellowship training in Psychiatry were also completed at the University of Michigan. He has papers that have appeared in Evolution, Comprehensive Psychiatry, and Journal of Child Psychotherapy.

Dr. Garwood worked for eight years at Henry Ford Hospital heading the Consultation/Liaison division and the Inpatient Unit.  Following this, he moved to Fairlawn Center, a State of Michigan inpatient hospital for children and adolescents, running a child inpatient unit and eventually as director of the residency and child fellowship program.  Thereafter, Dr. Garwood began his private practice and at the same time has augmented this with additional opportunities to fulfill his active interests:  medical director of a managed care company; consultant to a residential adolescent girls program (Vista Maria); consultant to a school system and their special education services; consultant to a variety of outpatient clinics in the metro Detroit area (New Oakland Child, Adolescent, and Family Center; Northbrook Psychological Clinic; and Northville Counseling Center). 

In all of this, he has maintained an active involvement in the question of best practices in education, especially in empathy development and the adolescent-adult transition.  Currently, he has completed a book of poetry, which is in preparation for publishing, and is continuing to work on poems and short stories.  Time permitting, he also wishes to develop his skills with watercolor and metal sculpture.