Shaili Jain, M.D.



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Shaili Jain, M.D. is a physician, post-traumatic stress disorder specialist and trauma scientist. Her debut non fiction book The Unspeakable Mind is a textured portrait of PTSD, a widely misunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions of Americans. The Unspeakable Mind stands as the definitive guide to PTSD and offers lasting hope to sufferers, their loved ones, and health care providers everywhere.


"An atlas of the elusive yet very common condition of PTSD, The Unspeakable Mind makes for an engrossing read in which Jain serves as our trusted guide, deconstructing the entity known as PTSD symptom by symptom. She deftly weaves riveting depictions of patient encounters with her rich and informed observations to reveal how PTSD goes far beyond issues of mind and brain—it is interwoven into our physical well-being, quality of life, and exerts an insidious influence over our culture and society. Dr Jain’s beautiful prose illuminates this widely misunderstood condition and makes for fascinating reading. It is a must for anyone who has a survived trauma, their loved ones and the healthcare professionals who care for them." - Irvin Yalom, M.D., Emeritus professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University and bestselling author of When Nietzsche Wept

“Shaili Jain has written a wonderfully creative mixture of handbook on trauma, research report, personal memoir, and cultural commentary. The result is a thoroughly engaging book about the hardest parts of life presented gently, beautifully, insightfully, and with wisdom.” - Edward Hallowell, M.D., co-author of the New York Times bestseller Driven to Distraction

“In The Unspeakable Mind, noted psychiatrist and scholar Shaili Jain, presents an absorbing and comprehensive account of one of the scourges of our modern age. Anyone suffering from PTSD - or their loved ones - should read this book to learn, understand, and heal.” - Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Heart: A History

“Shaili Jain’s The Unspeakable Mind is a riveting conversation about trauma and PTSD. It is a very personal narrative built around Dr. Jain’s clinical experiences as well as the story of her family’s trauma during the partition of India in 1947. She has skillfully embedded a comprehensive review of the relevant science and practice in the field that will thoroughly captivate and enlighten readers.” - Matthew J. Friedman MD, PhD, Senior Advisor (and Former Executive Director), National Center for PTSD & Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Shaili Jain, M.D. is a psychiatrist and PTSD specialist and currently serves as the Medical Director for Integrated Care at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. She is a trauma scientist affiliated with the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a consortium which is widely regarded as the world's leading center of excellence on PTSD, and a Clinical Associate Professor affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  

Dr. Jain’s work is widely accredited for elucidating the role of paraprofessionals and peers in the treatment of American veterans with PTSD. Her research has been published in some of the most prestigious medical journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical AssociationPsychiatric Services and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, in addition to being featured in national publications such as The New York Times. Her medical essays and commentary have appeared in the New England Journal of MedicinePsychology Today, Kevin MD, STAT, public radio and elsewhere.

Her first book, The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Scienceis now available for purchase.

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