Dr. Zafirides is President of Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine, Inc. (COBMI). Established in 1997, COBMI is a premier behavioral healthcare practice composed of a multidisciplinary group of MD, NP, RN, PhD, LISW, and LPCC clinicians.
Additionally, Dr. Zafirides is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Ohio State University’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Zafirides regularly teaches first and second year medical students at OSU’s College of Medicine in his auxiliary faculty role. He is also a regular guest lecturer of psychopharmacology to graduate students enrolled in the Counselor Education program at OSU as well.
His area of interest within psychiatry is the mind-body role of emotions in physical illness - specifically chronic pain. He has been published in this area of psychiatry, lecturing both nationally and internationally on this topic. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA).
Dr. Zafirides is an experienced public speaker. Since 1997, he has given over 1,000 lectures to both professional and public audiences on many aspects of human behavior including: emotional illness, psychopharmacology, the mind-body role of emotions in physical illness, human motivation and the psychology of influence. He is also the host of “The Healthy Mind” weekly online radio broadcast.
Dr. Zafirides has received Best Doctors In America recognition for 8 consecutive years since 2005. He has also been recognized nationally with the Patients' Choice Award in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012; as well as the Compassionate Doctor Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH.
Doctor of Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH.
Resident and Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Clinical Observer - The Network Project, Department of Psychiatry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; New York, NY.
Certified Acupuncturist - Substance Abuse, Lincoln Acupuncture Training Institute; Bronx, NY.
Psychophysiolgic Disorders Association, Board Member
National Institute of Whole Health - Advisory Board, Member
The Wellness Institute - Counselor Certification Advisory Board, Member
American Psychiatric Association, Member
Ohio Psychiatric Association, Member
The Healthy Mind is dedicated to the celebration of human courage, strength and determination contained within every one of us. No matter the challenge, you have the potential to make positive change in your life beginning today that can reverberate for a lifetime. All the strength you will ever need already resides within you at this very moment.
The goal of The Healthy Mind is to provide information that educates, inspires and empowers individuals towards positive change in their lives. This will be accomplished by covering a wide range of mind-body topics relating to emotional and physical well-being. Knowledge truly is power. We at The Healthy Mind hope to provide a forum that helps individuals on their journey towards positive and lasting change in their lives.
Knowledge → Empowerment → Action
I founded The Healthy Mind Network in 2010 as a vehicle by which to discuss the beauty and complexity of human behavior. I am also passionately committed to reducing the stigma still associated with emotional illness as well as its treatment.
Most importantly, I am constantly inspired by the courage and steadfast determination of the patients I am privileged to treat. I am truly humbled by their amazing strength and perseverance. Despite their struggle - and senseless stigma - they dare to move forward in their journey towards health. Despite the uncertainty, they carve out lives filled with both meaning and purpose.
I believe that Action - in the midst of adversity - is the true definition of strength and courage.
It is this very strength and courage that serves as my primary inspiration for the creation of The Healthy Mind Network and the phrase “…never doubt how truly powerful you are”.
For you truly are that powerful...
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In Good Health,
Peter Zafirides, MD
Markman, K., Proulx, T., Zafirides, P., et al., The Psychology of Meaning. Chapter 23. American Psychological Association Press, Washington DC, January 2013.
Granello, P., Juhnke, G., Zafirides, P., et al., Case Studies in Suicide: Experiences Of Mental Health Professionals. Chapter 13. Pearson Publishing, New Jersey. 1st edition 2010, 2nd edition 2011.
Dickerson E., Benedetti C., Zafirides, P., et al., Palliative Care Pocket Consultant. Second Edition. Chapters – Anxiety & Depression. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, 2001.
Dickerson E., Benedetti C., Zafirides, P., et al., Palliative Care Pocket Consultant. First Edition. Chapters – Anxiety & Depression. Oxford International Press; Oxford, United Kingdom, 1999.
Neides, D,, Weinstock, M. Zafirides, P. et. al., The Resident’s Guide to Ambulatory Care. Chapter 70, Chapter 71. Anadem Publishing Inc., Columbus, Ohio, 1995.