Dr. Peacock grew up in a world that told him to "aim for less." It was sometimes said, but always known that when you grow up poor and disadvantaged, less is the best you'll ever be. However, he rejected that story.
He flunked out of 8th grade and was expelled from 9th and 1/2 of 10th grade for truancy and fighting. His father was an alcoholic who struggled to maintain employment as a construction worker. Housing was unstable, often being evicted. He lived in 10 different apartments before he was ten years old. They even spent a brief time in the projects and spent several months living in various motels. His father completed the 6th grade. His mother dropped out in the 9th grade. Surprisingly, with help and grit, he managed to graduate high school, on time, with his intended class by going to night school and day school for a couple of years. His high school diploma was a proud moment for him.
In his 20s, he stopped painting houses and took a chance on college. He graduated from Rutgers University with Highest Honors, Harvard University, Divinity School, with a Masters in Theological Studies, and The University of Vermont College of Medicine with his Medical Degree. He was then privileged to complete his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Duke University where he served as the Chief Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina. While at Duke, he learned from amazing faculty and leaders in the field. They taught him a sophisticated and nuanced approach to mental health and psychopharmacology. However, his life has been his greatest teacher. And that is what he brings to all of his clients.
After residency, he became the Director of ECT Services at UConn Health Center. While at UConn, he also served as the Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatric Services. As a faculty member, he was heavily involved in their residency training where he introduced Positive Psychology to the UConn community with lectures and talks.
Currently, he is the Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Manchester Memorial Hospital in CT.
Today, he sees himself as a teacher, mentor and coach not constrained by the bounds of his role as a physician. He has received teaching awards at Duke and UConn. And he continues to teach at the University of New England College of Medicine. Dr. Peacock thinks outside of the box because he comes from a background that has equipped him to see layers and levels to the human experience.