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J. Alexander Bodkin, MD

J. Alexander Bodkin, MD

McLean Hospital Title:

Director, Clinical Psychopharmacology Research Program

Harvard Medical School Title:

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


J. Alexander Bodkin, MD, has been at McLean since 1985. Working with Dr. Jonathan Cole until his death, Dr. Bodkin has long pursued the study of new and old medications for depression and anxiety. His research has focused on underutilized pharmacologic approaches to difficult-to-treat mood and anxiety disorders, such as MAO inhibitors, stimulants, and the opioid buprenorphine. Dr. Bodkin directs clinical trials of potential antidepressants, anxiolytics, and adjunctive medications intended to relieve treatment-resistant depression and the residual symptoms of partially treatment-responsive depression.

Dr. Bodkin’s consulting practice focuses on the diagnosis and optimal treatment of psychiatric illness. He is also interested in the widespread misuse of the PTSD diagnosis in civil litigation and in legal issues concerning the causation of psychiatric illness. He has been involved in the repressed memory controversy, and has studied ethical issues arising in mental health care.

  • 1978 AB in Philosophy, Columbia College
  • 1985 MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • 1985-1986 Internship, McLean Hospital, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1986-1989 Residency in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
  • 1989-1990 Research Fellow in Affective Disorders, McLean Hospital
Board Certifications:

  • 1986 National Board of Medical Examiners Certificate
  • 1990 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


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Office Address:

Belmont campus - North Belknap, Room G15