Michael Lerner PhD is the founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program,. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1965 and his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1971. After serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale Graduate School and Yale Medical School, Lerner was named a founding associate of the Carnegie Council on Children. He came to California in 1972 and in 1973 founded Full Circle, a residential treatment center for children with learning and behavioral disorders in Marin County. In 1976 he founded Commonweal. In 1983 he received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for his contributions to public health, and in 1990 was named a United States-Japan Leadership Fellow. In 1988-90, he served as Special Consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment for its landmark study, Unconventional Cancer Treatments. He also serves as President of the Jenifer Altman Foundation.He wrote among other books Choices In Healing: Integrating The Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer .He has worked for thirty years with at-risk children, people with cancer, and environmental health initiatives..