JAMES A CHU, MD
- Harvard title(s): Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
- McLean title(s): Consultant in Psychiatry
- Bio: James A. Chu, M. D. is Consultant in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA and is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chu graduated from Yale College in 1972, and received his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1976. In 1979 he joined the staff of McLean Hospital where he established innovative clinical programs for the treatment of adults with trauma-related disorders, and later served as Chief of Clinical Services. Dr. Chu has taught widely throughout the United States and internationally. As a teacher, Dr. Chu is known for his empathic and pragmatic approach to understanding and treating survivors of childhood abuse. His publications in the psychiatric literature include both basic research on the effects of childhood abuse and discussions concerning the nature and techniques of treatment of abuse survivors. He is the author Rebuilding Shattered Lives, first edition published in 1998, and second edition in 2011. Dr. Chu is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Fellow and a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and the recipient of that organization's Cornelia B. Wilbur Award, Distinguished Achievement Award, Pierre Janet Writing Award, and President's Award for outstanding contributions in the field of dissociative disorders. Dr. Chu has served as Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation and is Field Editor for PTSD of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. He maintains a private practice in the Boston area.