He completed a Psychiatry residency at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center and the Long Beach, Ca, Veterans Hospital in 1981, and, after relocating to Durham, NC in 1982, practiced psychiatry in North Carolina, in both community mental health settings and in private practice for approximately 18 years. He became Board Certified in psychiatry in 1984, and was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2008. In 2013 he was elected as a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an Assistant Consulting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke Medical Center.
Dr. Brantley was trained in mindfulness as a resident in psychiatry at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center, and has been practicing mindfulness for over 30 years. He began teaching mindfulness meditation to health professionals and others in 1990.
Dr. Brantley is one of the founding faculty members of Duke Integrative Medicine, where he started the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in 1998. He served as a member of the Community of Scholars of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University for academic years 2009 and 2010.
Dr. Brantley has participated in many intensive meditation retreats, practicing with a variety of teachers, including Joan Halifax, Thich Nhat Hanh, Larry Rosenberg, Christina Feldman, and members of the Amaravati Buddhist monastic community. He has also completed the professional training for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction offered by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.
Dr. Brantley is the author of Calming Your Anxious Mind: how mindfulness and compassion can free you from anxiety, fear, and panic and is the co-author, with Wendy Millstine, of the Five Good Minutes series (www.fivegoodminutes.com) , “Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind;” and “true belonging: mindful practices to help you overcome loneliness, connect with others & cultivate happiness”.
Dr. Brantley’s latest book, through New Harbinger Publications, is “Calming Your Angry Mind: how mindfulness & compassion can free you from anger & bring peace to your life.”