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Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD

Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD

McLean Hospital Title:

Medical and Program Director, Gunderson Residence

Harvard Medical School Title:

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, is the medical director and program director of the Gunderson Residence, an intensive, specialized residential program for adult women with severe personality disorders. Dr. Choi-Kain uses an integration of evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD). In addition to her clinical work, she actively conducts research and publishes papers on BPD while also providing clinical training for clinicians in general psychiatric management and mentalization-based treatment approaches. Dr. Choi-Kain’s areas of specialization include attachment, personality disorders, and psychotherapy.

Dr. Choi-Kain completed her training at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, where she was mentored by Dr. John Gunderson and Dr. Mary Zanarini. She also received training in specialized assessments of attachment and reflective function (a measure of mentalization) at the Anna Freud Center in London, UK.

  • 1996 AB in Social Studies, Harvard-Radcliffe College
  • 1998 MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • 2002 Doctorate in Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
  • 2002-2003 Internship in Preliminary Medicine, Carney Hospital
  • 2003-2006 Resident in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program
  • 2005-2006 Chief Resident in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
  • 2006-2008 Psychosocial Fellow, McLean Hospital
  • 2006-2009 Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry (PMRTP) Fellow, American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) and National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
Board Certifications:

  • 2005 Full Medical License, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 2006 Certificate of Completion, Psychoanalytic Research Training Program, Anna Freud Centre Program at the Child Study Center
  • 2006 Certificate of Attendance and Certificate of Reliability, Adult Attachment Training Institute, University College of London
  • 2006 Certificate of Attendance, Mentalisation-Based Therapy Workshop, The Anna Freud Center
  • 2007 Certification in the Specialty of Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 2007 Certificate of Attendance, Reflective Function Training Course, The Anna Freud Center
  • 2008 Certification of Reliability, Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) by Drs. Mary Main and Eric Hesse, Teachers: Deanne and David Pedersen, PhDs


Choi-Kain LW, Gunderson JG, eds. Borderline personality and mood disorders. NY: Springer, 2015.

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Office Address:

Belmont campus - Administration, Room 12C