Robert Waldinger, M.D.


Physician Investigator (Cl)
Psychiatry, Research Institute
Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatrist
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
MD Harvard medical school 1978
MD Harvard Medical School/ BWH 1978
aggression; anger; child abuse; childhood adversity; combat disorders; depression; emotional abuse; emotions; happiness; human development; insecurity; interpersonal relations; intimate partner violence; love; marriage; personal satisfaction; posttraumatic stress disorder; relationship dynamics; sexual partners

Dr. Robert Waldinger is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. The Study has studied the lives of 2 groups of men for over 75 years. Dr. Waldinger is now beginning a study of the more than 2000 children of these men to examine how childhood experience affects midlife health and wellbeing.  For more information about this research, please watch Dr. Waldinger's TED talk about this remarkable study of lives: https://www.robertwaldinger.com 

Dr. Waldinger received his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as two books: Psychiatry for Medical Students (American Psychiatric Press, 1984, 1991, 1997), and Effective Psychotherapy with Borderline Patients: Case Studies (Macmillan, 1987). He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, he teaches Harvard medical students and psychiatry residents, and he is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He is also a Zen priest.