Joan Wheelis, MD

Joan Wheelis, MD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Clinical Associate

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Part-Time


Joan Wheelis MD, is a senior consultant at the Gunderson Residence and the Gunderson Outpatient Program. An assistant professor of psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School and on the faculty of the combined MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, she is a training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a dialectical behavior therapy trainer for Behavioral Tech.

Dr. Wheelis is the recipient of the Phil Isenberg Teaching award, Mel Kayce Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy, MGH/McLean Hospital Residents Psychotherapy Teaching Award, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Her current interests include the outpatient treatment of borderline personality, the nature of psychotherapeutic change, and forensic consultation regarding suicide.


Book cover - The Known, The Secret, The Forgotten

The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten: A Memoir
by Joan Wheelis
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2019)

Book cover - Odysseys in Psychotherapy

Odysseys in Psychotherapy
Edited by Joseph J. Shay, PhD, and Joan Wheelis, MD
(Ardent Media, 2000)

Education & Training

  • 1977 BA, Harvard College
  • 1980 MS in Health and Medical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1985 MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 1985-1986 Rotating Medical Internship, Mt Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital
  • 1986-1989 Residency in Adult Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
Board Certifications:
  • 1987 Massachusetts Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1991 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Office Address: Gunderson campus - Cambridge