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Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, BN&NP, DFAPA, DPsM, MMed



I feel proud to be part of this wonderful group of healing experts at Seattle Healing Arts, who offer an abundance of riches. I focus on the holistic aspects of man, the ethicobiopsychofamiliosociocultural  being, with major interests in nutrition and exceptional experiences, and am the only non-primary care medical specialist at Seattle Healing Arts.

Vernon Neppe

Originally from South Africa, I have been in Seattle since 1986, when I was recruited by UW Medical School to establish the first Division of Neuropsychiatry in a Department of Psychiatry in the USA. My wife (Lis) and I have enjoyed 30 plus wonderful years of marriage, and have a son and a daughter.

During this time, I have had the good fortune to pioneer several major disciplines: Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology, Psychopharmacology and Neuropharmacology. I led the first U.S. (and International) delegation in these areas to China (2006), while maintaining a keen interest in the subjective paranormal, phenomenological and exceptional experiences of mankind.

I help patients who have neuropsychiatric or behavioral neurological conditions —both neurology and psychiatry (sometimes as one condition, e.g., seizures and difficulties; other times separately, e.g., headache with depression) This includes neurological conditions such as seizures, atypical spells, headaches, fatigue, head injury, dementia, focal impairments, movement disorders, neuro-endocrine conditions and refractory psychiatric conditions. Patients should have some kind of psychiatric question relating to cognition, affect, volition or behavior. For more information, please see

I have presented or consulted internationally as a Neuropsychiatrist, Epileptologist, Psychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Forensic Specialist, Anomalistic Psychologist, Author and Professional Speaker. I have had my play "Quakes" ( produced in Hawaii and have also presented on my philosophical theory of vortex pluralism (

All my patients must have their own own primary care practitioners and be referred.




  • Behavioral Neurologist (Psychiatry with Neurology)

  • Psychopharmacologist

  • Forensic Specialist

  • Epileptologist




Aetna (some plans)

Accept referrals from USA and Canada. Rarely accept private paying clients.

No Medicare or Medicaid.



  • South Africa: MB, BCh (1973), DPM (1976), BA, PhD (Med) (1981), FRSSAf, FFPsych, FCPsych, MMed (Psych) - University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • U.S.: MD, DFAPA, FAPA, BN&NP (UCNS), DipABPN (Psychiatry, 1988; Geriatric Psychiatry; Forensic Psychiatry, DABFM, DABFE, DABPS (Psychopharmacology), FACFE, LMACFE - Cornell Univ. Medical School, New York
  • Canada: FRCPC (1987)


  • Director, Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute - Seattle, WA
  • Adjunct Full Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, St. Louis University - St. Louis, MO
  • Attending Physician, Overlake Hospital - Bellevue, WA
  • Licensed Physician, WA and MA
  • Distinguished Fellow, Senior Fellow, Fellow and Member of 26 associations or societies (including American or International Psychiatric, Medical , Neuropsychiatric, Epilepsy, Psychogeriatric, Clinical Psychopharmacology, Psychological & Philosophical Societies)
  • Forensic Consultant - Civil cases, equally plaintiff and defense in my areas of expertise
  • Former Director, First Division of Neuropsychiatry in Dept Psychiatry in the USA, University of WA (1986-1992)




Books, Publications & Media

  • Cry the Beloved Mind (this is my favorite, written for the patient, families, colleagues and laypersons).
  • Innovative Psychopharmacotherapy, a forensic monograph (see
  • Psychology of Déjà Vu and the new Déjà vu Trilogy of books that includes Déjà vu: A Second Look, Déjà vu Revisited, Déjà vu: Glossary and Library
  • How Attorneys Can Best Utilize Their Medical Expert Consultant: A Medical Expert's Perspective (see
  • Contributor of 40 chapters in textbooks
  • Founding Editor, South African Scientific Journal, PJSA abstracted internationally by PsychInfo (1980-86).
  • Editorial boards of several journals; referee for many scientific journals.
  • Publications (tests developed, abstracts and Internet articles) include over 300 scholarly articles or publications on all continents.
  • Lectures: Over 1000 scientific professional lectures (in 48 states, most of Canada, dozen countries). Numerous media interchanges (TV, radio, press) in many countries.

Honors and Awards

  • Marquis' Who's Who in the World (current and numerous past editions)
  • America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly) (all editions; peer selected; Listings under subspecialites of Neuropsychiatry, Behavioral Neurology, Psychopharmacology, Forensic [Neuro-] Psychiatry, in specialty Psychiatry  (2001 to current)
  • The Best Doctors in America (all editions; peer selected) (Woodward White)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (the first Physician living in the USA to be so honored)
  • Leader , first United States (plus international delegation) in Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychiatry (to China in June 2006) (through People to People [P2P] Ambassador Program)
  • Distinguished Fellow,  American Psychiatric Association (Dec. 2007)
  • Psychopharmacological consultant to Wechsler Intelligence Scale and Wechsler Memory Scale (2006-2007)
  • 2000 Millennium Medal of Honor (ABI, USA)
  • International Man of the Year 1993 (IBC, England)

Pioneering Contributions in Neuropsychiatry & Psychopharmacology

  • Links of anomalistic psychological experiences with the temporal lobe of the brain.
  • Classification of head injuries.
  • Classification of seizures and psychopathology.
  • Déjà vu phenomenon.
  • Subjective experience and phenomenological classifications.
  • Recognized as one of two major pioneering contributors in the field of anticonvulsants in Psychiatry (1/89 Switzerland) (e.g., carbamazepine in non-responsive psychosis, explosive irritability, BZD withdrawal).
  • Discovered high dose buspirone as a successful treatment for tardive dyskinesia.
  • Extended the use of azapirones in aggression and Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • Neuropsychiatric Inventories developed include:  BROCAS SCAN (Screening Cerebral Assessment of Neppe); INSET (Inventory of Neppe of Symptoms of Epilepsy and the Temporal Lobe);SOBIN (Soft Organic Brain Inventory of Neppe); Neppe Narcolepsy Questionnaire; PBRS ((Problem Behaviors Rating Scale); Neppe Psychological Screen Questionnaire (NPSQ)
  • New Concepts introduced include:  pioneering dysproccia, possible temporal lobe symptoms, deinduction, chindling, paroxysmal neurobehavioral disorder, closed head injury of transient (CHIT) and permanent (CHIP) types, non-vertiginous dizziness (NVD). Also suggested Dimensional biopsychophysics, Nonlocal biopsychophysics, delta afferentation, delta efferentation, Non-local (dimensional) apprehension and perturbation, subjective psi experience (SPE).

Forensic Consulting

  • Used nationally and internationally as Forensic Specialist in Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology and Psychopharmacology (e.g., only Forensic Psychiatry expert listed in some issues of Americas Top Doctors in the Western USA; used nationally and beyond).

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