Claire Twark, MD

Dr. Twark is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a board member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, and a psychiatrist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she directs the Athlete Mind Program. Her interests include addiction psychiatry and sports psychiatry. Dr. Twark ran track and field and cross country for Harvard College, and is now a member of the Boston Triathlon Team. She qualified for and completed the 2014 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Based on Ironman results in 2014, she was ranked 18th in the U.S. and 38th in the world (top 1%) in her age group. She is a four-time Ironman triathlon finisher and was awarded All-American Honors from USA Triathlon in 2015. Her own experience as an athlete has inspired her to promote exercise as a component of psychiatric treatment and help other athletes.


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Can exercise help conquer addiction?

Claire Twark, MD

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As the US contends with the ongoing opioid epidemic, the idea that exercise can help people cope with and ultimately overcome addiction is gaining traction. Exercise helps provide structure and focus, helps treat mental health issues related to substance use, and can bring together individuals with a common goal.