James Lake, M.D., is a Board-certified psychiatrist who completed residency training in psychiatry at Stanford University Hospital. He has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Stanford, and is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care from 2004-2010. Lake is also a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health.
Lake has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry, contributes a regular column on integrative mental health care to Psychiatric Times, and serves on the editorial review boards of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of the Association for Advances in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, and Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. He is the author or editor of four textbooks—Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws); Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care; Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel); and Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook. His most recent writing project is a series of 10 e-books on integrative mental health care. His long-standing research interests include the role of culture in mental illness, the philosophy and history of medicine, and the role of consciousness and intentionality in healing.