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

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  • Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


  • Psychiatry

Special focus

  • Psychiatry (Adult Outpatient-General)
  • Psychiatry (Forensics)
  • Psychiatry (Intercultural)

About me

Dr. Boehnlein is accepting new Forensic Consultation Referrals at this time

After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University, and psychiatry residency training at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Dr. Boehnlein trained as a VA/Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a masters degree in medical anthropology. He then returned to OHSU, where he has been Associate Director for Education for the VA Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) since its inception. He also has served as Director of Medical Student Education for OHSU’s Department of Psychiatry, and OHSU’s Assistant Dean for Curriculum. For the past 30 years he has been a clinician at the Portland VAMC Mental Health Clinic and at OHSU’s Intercultural Psychiatric Program, where he has treated Southeast Asian and Central American refugees. His research has focused on cross-cultural psychiatry (particularly cultural and anthropological perspectives on posttraumatic stress disorder among Veterans and refugees, and long-term adjustment of traumatized refugees), the interface of culture and medical ethics, spiritual issues in psychiatry and psychological trauma, and on medical education. In addition to consultation in a variety of community settings in the Pacific Northwest, he has been a consultant to the Documentation Center of Cambodia for trauma mental health services in Cambodia, and for staff education in preparation for the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal. He is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry, and is past president of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, an international association of psychiatric and social science researchers and educators.

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French (some)

Education and training

    • B.S., 1976, John Carroll University
    • 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, 1986-Present
    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry, 1999-Present

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
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