James Boehnlein, M.D., M.Sc.

  • Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Dr. Boehnlein’s research has focused on cross-cultural psychiatry (particularly cultural and anthropological perspectives on posttraumatic stress disorder among Veterans and refugees), the interface of culture and medical ethics, spiritual issues in psychiatry and psychological trauma, and on medical education. He has been a consultant to the Documentation Center of Cambodia for trauma mental health. He is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry, and is past president of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture.




  • M.D., 1980, Case Western Reserve University
  • M.Sc., 1987, University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency:

    • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, 1980-1984
  • Fellowship:

    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (1985-87)
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry 1999-Present. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry. Recertified 2009-2019

Memberships and associations

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Oregon Psychiatric Association
  • Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
  • World Psychiatric Association, Transcultural Psychiatry Section
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • World Association of Cultural Psychiatry
  • American College of Psychiatrists

Areas of interest

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Medical Education



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