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James Boehnlein M.D., M.Sc.

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.



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Areas of interest

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


  • M.D., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio 1980
  • M.Sc., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1987
  • 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

Honors and awards

  • 1997 Nancy J. Roeske Certificate of Excellence in Medical Student Education, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2001 Faculty Excellence in Education, Educational Leadership Award, OHSU
  • 2003 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program, OHSU
  • 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
  • 2015 Special Achievement Award, World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (for research and teaching)
  • 2017 Fellow, American College of Psychiatrists

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


  • Boehnlein JK, Kinzie JD, Ben R, Fleck J. One-year follow-up study of posttraumatic stress disorder among survivors of Cambodian concentration camps. Am J Psychiatry 142:956-959, 1985

  • Boehnlein JK. A review of mental health services for refugees between 1975 and 1985 and a proposal for future services. Hosp Community Psychiatry 38:764-768, 1987

  • Kinzie JD, Boehnlein JK, Leung P, Moore L, Riley C, Smith D. The prevalence rate of PTSD and its clinical significance among S.E. Asian refugees. Am J Psychiatry 147:913-917, 1990

  • Sparr LF, Boehnlein JK. Posttraumatic stress disorder in tort actions: Forensic minefield. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law 18:283-302, 1990

  • Kinzie JD, Leung PK, Boehnlein JK, Matsunaga D, Johnson R, Manson S, Shore JH, Heinz J, Williams M. Psychiatric epidemiology of an Indian village: A 19-year replication study. J Nerv Ment Dis 180:33-39, 1992

  • Boehnlein JK, Kinzie JD, Leung PK, Matsunaga D, Johnson R, Shore JH. The natural history of medical and psychiatric disorders in an American Indian community. Cult Med Psychiatry 16:543-554, 1993

  • Kinzie JD, Boehnlein JK, Riley C, Sparr LF. The effects of 9-11 on traumatized refugees: Reactivation of posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 190:437-441, 2002.

  • Boehnlein JK, Kinzie JD. Pharmacologic reduction of CNS noradrenergic activity in PTSD: The case for clonidine and prazosin. J Psychiatric Practice 13:72-78, 2007 

  • De Jesus-Rentas G, Boehnlein JK, Sparr L. Central American victims of gang violence as asylum seekers: The role of the forensic expert. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 38: 490-498, 2010

  • Daniels LR, Boehnlein JK, McCallion P. Life-review and PTSD community counseling with two groups of Vietnam War veterans. Traumatology 21(3), 161-171, 2015

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