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Dr. James F. Gilligan

Title: Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Company: New York University
Location: New York, New York, United States

James Gilligan, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in instruction in psychiatry.

Following obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1958 from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Gilligan continued his education with a Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and then served an internship from 1965 to 1966 with the University of Chicago School of Medicine Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Gilligan has provided superior education as a clinical instructor, lecturer and director of the Institute of Law and Psychiatry from 1966 to 2000 with Harvard Medical School and as the director of the Harvard Institute of Law and Psychiatry from 1977 to 1982. As the medical director of the Massachusetts prison mental hospital in Bridgewater, during his ten-year tenure the facility’s high suicide and murder rates dropped to near zero. Dr. Gilligan also served as the psychiatric adviser to Martin Scorsese for the film “Shutter Island.” In addition, he flourished as clinical director of the prison mental health service for the Massachusetts prison system. From 2002 to the present, Dr. Gilligan has excelled as an adjunct professor with the New York University School of Law and a clinical professor of psychiatry with the New York University School of Medicine.

As an author, Dr. Gilligan is renowned for his series of books entitled “Violence,” in which he draws on 25 years of work in the American prison system to describe the motivation and causes behind violent behavior. The series includes “Violence – Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes,” “Violence – Reflections on a National Epidemic,” “Violence – Reflections on Our Deadliest Epidemic,” “Violence – Reflections on a Western Epidemic” and “Violence in California Prisons: A Proposal for Research into Patterns and Cures.”

For his expertise, Dr. Gilligan has garnered numerous honors that include an Annual Achievement Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of San Diego and Book of the Year for “Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others,” from the Times Literary Supplement. To remain aware of changes and advancements in his field, he maintains affiliations with the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, which he served as president from 1999 to 2001, the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, American Public Health Association, International Society of Applied Psychoanalysis and the World Health Organization.

In the coming years, Dr. Gilligan sees himself writing more books about human nature. He just published a new book about violence and Shakespeare and wrote about the characters as if they were case histories. He will be following the careers of his three children, two of whom are physicians and one of whom is a physicist who studies global warming.

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