Michael Lerner, Ph.D., is President and founder of Commonweal. His interests include mind-body health, with a special interest in cancer; high-risk children and young people; and the architecture of an environmentally sustainable future. Lerner is the founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program.
Dr. Lerner received his B.A. from Harvard in 1965 and his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1971. After serving as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science at Yale Graduate School and Yale Medical School, Lerner was named a founding associate of the Carnegie Council on Children. In 1973 he founded Full Circle, a residential treatment center for children with learning and behavioral disorders in Marin County. In 1976 he founded Commonweal. In 1983 he received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for his contributions to public health, and in 1990 was named a United States-Japan Leadership Fellow. In 1988-90, he served as Special Consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment for its landmark study, Unconventional Cancer Treatments. He also serves as President of the Jenifer Altman Foundation.