James L. Griffith, MD is Leon M. Yochelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. Dr. Griffith received his M.D. in 1976, followed by Neurology Residency and an MS in Neurophysiology at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1979. He completed Psychiatry Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 1983, followed by a Clinical and Research Fellowship in 1985.
Dr. Griffith has developed a model of psychiatric residency training that balances biological and psychosocial therapies in the treatment of patients within their family, community, and cultural contexts. He provides psychiatric treatment for immigrants, refugees, and survivors of political torture in the Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma (PSTT) at Northern Virginia Family Services. Under his leadership, the GWU Dept. of Psychiatry has become nationally recognized for its excellence in global mental health, psychotherapy training, neurosciences education, and psychosomatic medicine. In his clinical practice at The GW Medical Faculty Associates, he treats psychosomatic disorders, psychiatric complications of medical illnesses, and other problems of couples and families. He has been named a Washingtonian magazine Top Doctor.