McLean Hospital 115 Mill Street Belmont, MA 02478
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Belmont campus - North Belknap, Room G15
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.