Dr. Feinstein is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a neuropsychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His neuropsychiatry research focuses on the search for cerebral correlates of behavioral disorders associated with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and hysteria (Conversion Disorders). Dr. Feinstein was also the first to systematically study war’s impact on the emotional health of journalists. In 2000-2001 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mental health issues in post-apartheid Namibia. In 2012, a documentary, Under Fire, produced by Dr. Feinstein and based on his research of journalists in war zones, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. The documentary received a 2012 Peabody Award.
His series “Shooting War” for the Globe and Mail was shortlisted for a 2016 EPPY award.
Dr. Feinstein is the author of six books: Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report It; In Conflict; The Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Multiple Sclerosis; Michael Rabin: America’s Virtuoso Violinist; Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War; and Battle Scarred.
Dr. Feinstein received his medical degree in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand. Thereafter he completed his training in Psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England, before training as a neuropsychiatrist at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square in London. His Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. were both obtained through the University of London, England.