Alex Lickerman is a physician, former assistant professor of medicine, director of primary care, and assistant vice president for Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Chicago. Currently, he leads a direct primary care private practice called ImagineMD in Chicago. He’s also been a secular Buddhist since 1989.

Alex writes this blog to share his views on topics relating to health, happiness, and personal development. His principal aim is to explore happiness from a scientific point of view and help people think about life and themselves in ways they never have before.

Alex has been quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business, Playboy, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, The New York Times and TIME, and has had articles appear in Psychology Today, USA Today, Slate, The Huffington Post, and Medicine on the Midway. He’s also been a guest on NPR’s On Point. He’s written a television pilot called Sessions that was optioned by DreamWorks Television, as well as several movie screenplays, including an adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost.

His first book, The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self, is available in bookstores now.