Shaili Jain, MD, is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and PTSD specialist who currently serves as the Medical Director for Integrated Care at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. She is a trauma scientist 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 Association, Psychiatric 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 Medicine, Newsweek, Psychology Today, STAT, public radio and elsewhere
Her debut nonfiction book The Unspeakable Mind (Harper) is a textured portrait of PTSD, a widely misunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions. The Unspeakable Mind stands as the definitive guide to PTSD and offers lasting hope to sufferers, their loved ones, and health care providers everywhere.
Dr. Jain’s esteemed background coupled with her profound empathy make her an ideal speaker on PTSD. Skillful at engaging audiences with warmth and understanding on what can be an emotional topic, she is committed to shining a long overdue light on the PTSD epidemic affecting today’s fractured world. An excellent keynote speaker for healthcare professionals, human resources professionals and employers/managers dedicated to creating a trauma-informed workplace, Dr. Jain leaves her audiences informed, encouraged and hopeful.
Praise for Shaili Jain:
“Encouraged and hopeful are two words that stand out after our program with Dr. Shaili Jain, as she presented her book, The Unspeakable Mind. Dr. Jain spoke about how she uses her scientific knowledge of PTSD to offer a strong gentleness to guide her patients on the right healing path through some very unspeakable traumas. She has an unstoppable focus with an intense dedication that many share but lack the ability to make a difference.”
--Kathy Hurley, The Union League Club of Chicago
“Shaili Jain was absolutely incredible, comprehensive in her knowledge, warm, measured, and skilled with our very invested audience during Q&A…. In discussing PTSD, there are natural moments of tension, where the room is emotionally raw. Given her previous experience and her profession, I know I should have been expecting it, but Shaili's complete ease as a speaker and kindness with her audience was truly a treasure.”
--Amber Clark, Kepler’s Literary Foundation
Praise for The Unspeakable Mind
“[A] comprehensive survey of the state of knowledge concerning PTSD… Jain carefully lays out what can be said with confidence about [PTSD]…and what is more speculative, all with an eye to potential cures…. Given epidemic anxiety and stress disorders, this is a timely book that will greatly interest those who suffer from [PTSD] as well as family members and medical practitioners.”
“This instructive resource can be recommended not only for those who have personal experiences with PTSD and trauma, but for anyone interested in learning more about the disorder and how it affects society.”
“Jain asserts that the importance of accessible treatment and early intervention for PTSD cannot be overstated, while also emphasizing the genuine healing value of empathy and simply listening.”
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