Alan Downs Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the CEO of Michael's House Treatment Center in Palm Springs, California. 
Alan Downs earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1989. He has spent the past 20 years working as a clinical psychologist. Alan Downs is also an author of several books, including, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World, which is one of the leading self-help books for gay men. In 2005, Downs was a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
In addition to his many books, Downs has also been a contributing writer to Mother Jones magazine.
Downs is also an author whose books include:
Downs' work has been quoted numerous times in variety of media, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and many others. He has made appearances on such programs as CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and NPR's Morning Edition.