James E. Groves, MD, is a Harvard psychiatrist and author at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor at the Harvard Medical School. In 1978, Dr. Groves published the landmark article “Taking Care of the Hateful Patient” in the New England Journal of Medicine. His work is one of the most widely cited psychiatric articles in the academic community and has been also recognized in popular media, including in the New Yorker. He is the coauthor of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga and an expert contributor to the Huffington Post.

Groves’s most recent book Hamlet on the Couch: What Shakespeare Taught Freud has received academic praise and recognition in both literary and psychoanalytic circles. William Flesch, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University calls the book “a surprise as well as a bonus … full at once of style, brio, wit, and earnestness.”

Groves has provided psychotherapy in Boston for over 40 years and continues to teach and mentor psychiatry residents at Harvard. He has an active psychotherapy practice and is the Medical Director of Interpersonal Psychotherapy Program and Hospital Education Policy Committee member at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Groves has been a member of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1979.

He has mentored hundreds of Harvard psychiatrists-in-training and is the recipient of the distinguished Psychotherapy Supervision Award, an honor annually presented by the MGH / McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program to the psychotherapy supervisor that trainees value most.

Dr. Groves has published extensively regarding the influence of social media and the Internet on medicine and psychiatry as well as the treatment of VIP and celebrity patients. He has also written on the healing power of mindfulness in chronic pain and addiction. He teaches courses on Evolutionary Psychology as well as on Literature & Psychiatry.



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