Dr William J. Walsh
Dr William J. Walsh
Chief Scientist – Walsh Research Institute
William J. Walsh is a scientist with more than 30 years of research experience. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1958, he went on to earn a masters degree at the University of Michigan and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Iowa State University, Ames.
Before founding the Health Research Institute in 1982 and, subsequently the Pfeiffer Treatment Center (now closed) in 1989, Dr. Walsh worked for some of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the country, including: Institute for Atomic Research (Ames, IA); Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM); University of Michigan Research Institute (Ann Arbor, MI); Savannah River, (Aiken, SC); and Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL). Dr. Walsh spent 22 years as a researcher in nuclear fuel processing, liquid metal distillation, and electrochemistry.
Dr. Walsh’s interest in biochemical disorders began as a result of his volunteer work with inmates at the Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet, IL, where he organized the Prisoner Assistance Program that included more than 100 volunteers. He was named “Prison Volunteer of the Year” of Metropolitan Chicago in 1983. This work led Dr. Walsh and other Argonne volunteers to initiate scientific research that indicated a biochemical predisposition to behavior disorders. That research formed the basis of the diagnostic and treatment protocols being used at the Pfeiffer Treatment Center (now closed) in Naperville, IL. The non-profit Center has provided individualized nutrient therapy to more than 14,000 patients with behavior disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning problems, autism, depression, and schizophrenia.
Dr. Walsh has authored more than 200 scientific articles and reports and made numerous presentations on his research. He has presented HRI-Pfeiffer’s research findings at the American Psychiatric Association, the U.S. Senate, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, the Society of Neuroscience, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Institutes of Mental Health. Dr. Walsh presently serves as chief scientist of the Walsh Research Institute.