Mclean Hospital
Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD

Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, has transitioned into Dr. John Gunderson’s former position as the director of the Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute at McLean Hospital. In 2009, she developed the Gunderson Residence, an intensive, specialized residential program for adult women with severe personality disorders which uniquely integrates multiple evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD) in a rigorous and scientifically informed way.

Dr. Choi-Kain also developed the McLean BPD Training Institute, which is a major center for teaching evidence-based approaches to treating severe personality disorders including mentalization-based treatment (MBT), general psychiatric management (GPM), and most recently transference focused psychotherapy (TFP). As an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Choi-Kain actively conducts research and publishes papers on BPD and its evidence-based treatments. Her areas of specialization include attachment, cognition, personality disorders, and evidence-based psychotherapies.


Borderline Personality DisorderDBT


PubMed search for Dr. Choi-Kain


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

Choi-Kain LW, Gunderson JG, eds. Applications of good psychiatric management for borderline personality disorder: a practical guide. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2019.

Education & Training:

  • 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 Residency in Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital
  • 2005-2006 Chief Administrative Resident, McLean Hospital
  • 2006-2008 Psychosocial Fellowship, McLean Hospital
  • 2006-2009 Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry (PMRTP) Fellowship, American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) and National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
Board Certifications:
  • 2005 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 2006 Certificate of Attendance and Certificate of Reliability, Adult Attachment Training Institute, University College of London
  • 2007 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 2008 Certification of Reliability, Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) by Drs. Mary Main and Eric Hesse, Teachers: Drs. Deanne and David Pedersen




Office Address:

Belmont campus - Administration Building, Room 210