Joan Wheelis, MD

Joan Wheelis, MD

  • Clinical Associate

  • 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.

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

Book cover Odysseys in PsychotherapyOdysseys 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
  • 1987 Massachusetts Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1991 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


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