Helping women with personality disorders build rewarding lives


Treatment Team

Program Leadership

Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MDLois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, Medical and Program Director

Dr. Choi-Kain’s areas of specialization include attachment, personality disorders, and psychotherapy, along with 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.

Brandon Unruh, MDBrandon Unruh, MD, Assistant Medical Director

Dr. Unruh’s clinical approach is anchored in the integration of evidence-based treatments such as dialectical behavioral therapy, mentalization-based treatment, and good psychiatric management. He has published on a variety of topics including medical ethics, general hospital psychiatry, and literature and medicine. His academic interests also include the examination of philosophical and spiritual issues from psychiatric and psychoanalytic perspectives.

Karen L. Jacob, PhDKaren Jacob, PhD, Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Jacob has an extensive clinical background in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for patients suffering from mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, and is trained in mindfulness, mentalization, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and biofeedback therapies. Author of numerous papers and presentations, her current research interests include understanding the relative impact of different components of treatment on outcome, as measured by both symptom and functional improvement.

Senior Consultants

Staff and Associates

Your personal treatment team will also consist of licensed independent clinical social workers, a full-time occupational therapist, nurses and community residence counselors.

In addition to Dr. Choi-Kain and a multidisciplinary clinical team trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy and mentalization-based therapy, you will also have access to other leading experts in the field of borderline personality disorder.

Books by Gunderson Authors

McLean Hospital faculty have penned more than 50 books in recent years, including several titles by members of the Gunderson staff.

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