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James Boehnlein, MD, MSc

Professor of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon; Associate Director for Education, Department of VAMC, Northwest Network MIRECC, Portland, Oregon

After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University, and psychiatry residency training at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Dr. Boehnlein trained as a VA/Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a masters degree in medical anthropology. He then returned to OHSU, where he has been Associate Director for Education for the VA Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) since its inception in 1998. He has also served as Director of Medical Student Education for OHSU’s Department of Psychiatry, and OHSU’s Assistant Dean for Curriculum.

For the past 27 years he has been a clinician at the Portland VAMC Mental Health Clinic and at OHSU’s Intercultural Psychiatric Program, where he has treated Southeast Asian and Central American refugees. His research has focused on cross-cultural psychiatry (particularly cultural and anthropological perspectives on posttraumatic stress disorder among veterans and refugees, and long-term adjustment of traumatized refugees), the interface of culture and medical ethics, spiritual issues in psychiatry and psychological trauma, and on medical education. He has been a consultant to the Documentation Center of Cambodia for trauma mental health services in Cambodia, and for staff education in preparation for the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal. He is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry, and is immediate past president of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, an international association of psychiatric and social science researchers and educators.