Dr. Michael Mantell earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his M.S. degree in clinical psychology at the Hahnemann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychology of obesity. He has served as Chief Psychologist of Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego, and the San Diego Police Department. He has also been a long time member of the clinical faculty at UCSD’s Department of Psychiatry.
He is the Senior Fitness Consultant for Behavioral Sciences, national presenter and a media spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, a Senior Mental Performance coach for the AARP-ACE fitness transformation contest, and has served as Chief Behavioral Scientist for Anytime Fitness worldwide. He is a member of the faculty of Equinox Fitness Training Institute. He is a monthly contributor to IHRSA’s CBI, First Stop Health, greatest.com and a number of other health and fitness oriented websites.
He is interviewed frequently for health and fitness magazines including Details Magazine, Men’s Health USA and UK, Women’s Health USA and UK, Weight Watchers, Shape, Natural Health, Real Simple, Women’s World, MetRx, Better Homes and Gardens, MSN.news, Yahoo.com, HuffPost Live, and a host of others in the health/wellness/fitness world.
Publisher’s Weekly magazine awarded the audio version of Dr. Mantell’s first book published in 1988, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: P. S. It’s All Small Stuff” their highly coveted award, “Best Audio” in the self-help category.
He is on San Diego’s Fox 5 News weekly as their Chief Behavioral Science Contributor and provides opinions, analyses and commentary for print and broadcast news media throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1981. His work in television news has recently earned him an Emmy nomination for a half-hour broadcast he did on the media and mass shootings following the Connecticut school shootings.
He’s been a popular guest on television and radio talk shows across America, including “Oprah,” “Nightline,” “Larry King,” and “Good Morning America” where he appeared for more than a decade as a regular contributor.
Dr. Mantell is known for getting to the root of issues quickly, offering solutions, action plans and results — improving personal lives, business relationships, athletic-fitness performance, and helping clients break through to their next step of success, “in the living room…the locker room…and the board room.”
His favorite personal quote, “The link is what you think,” captures his approach to helping clients live better lives, healthy, fit and happy.