Shali Jain, M.D.

Shaili Jain, M.D. attended medical school in England and is now a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and a practicing psychiatrist and Medical Director at arguably the best Veterans Affairs hospital in the US. She is a researcher for the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, which is widely regarded as the world's leading center of excellence on PTSD, where she is a nationally recognized leader in using peer support in the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Jain is the author of more than 30 scientific articles, included in some of the most prestigious medical journals. Her work has been featured in Psychiatric News (the newspaper of the APA), Inside Stanford Medicine and The New York Times. Dr. Jain is the faculty organizer for Stanford’s School of Medicine’s annual Medicine and the Muse, an arts, humanities, and medicine symposium that has hosted some of today’s most influential writers.


UNSPEAKABLE: A Psychiatrist Deconstructs Posttraumatic Stress and its Impact on the Brain, Human Life, and our World (UPCOMING)

Unspeakable will do for PTSD what Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon did for our understanding of depression. PTSD cuts to the heart of life, interfering with one’s capacity to love, create, and work. For every individual suffering under PTSD, it impacts a further 10-20 people in their life. Its ability to insidiously shape and infiltrate not only the thoughts, emotions and behaviors of individuals, but also our culture and society, reveals deep truths about life itself. World conflicts over the last 15 years have led to an unprecedented level of funding for long-term PTSD research along with parallel advances in neuroscience, and we are now seeing the publication of new, cutting-edge studies on an almost weekly basis. As a world renowned researcher and clinician, Dr. Jain will deconstruct, provide context, and interpret this expanding body of evidence for the reader, including Dr. Jain’s own research for the world’s most prestigious center for PTSD, and interviews with over forty of the world’s leading PTSD scientists and clinicians—from Holland, Israel, Germany, England, and others around the globe—to offer a textured cartography that is unrivaled in scope. At its core, Unspeakable is a celebration of the resiliency of the mind.

"A constant of modern life is trauma, shared widely in word and image and discussed openly on social media. Whether the trauma is personal or political, it affects millions. I can't think of anyone I'd trust more to write a nuanced examination of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder than Dr. Shaili Jain."—Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, author of the NYT bestselling Doctored and Intern from FSG, and NYT Op-Ed contributor

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