James Lake

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Adjunct Fellow, NICM Health Research InstituteJames Lake

Dr James Lake was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute in 2019. Dr Lake is an academic, author and expert in integrative mental health and integrative psychiatry. He is a Board certified psychiatrist practicing on the central California coast and a visiting assistant professor of medicine at the Center for Integrative MedicineUniversity of Arizona School of Medicine. He previously served on adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford University Hospital, Department of Behavioral Medicine where he supervised residents in evidence-based uses of complementary, alternative and integrative approaches addressing psychiatric disorders.

Dr Lake's research focuses on evidence-based uses of non-pharmacologic modalities for achieving optimal wellbeing and treating psychiatric disorders. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry. He 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, and Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. He is the author, co-author or editor of five textbooks on alternative and integrative mental health care, and the author of a series of 10 short books for individuals interested in non-pharmacologic treatments of depressed mood, anxiety, ADHD and other common mental health problems.

Research focus

  • Integrative psychiatry methodology for treatment planning
  • Curriculum development for post-doctoral integrative psychiatry students
  • Mobile applications for resilience and emotional wellbeing
  • AI software for integrative psychiatry treatment planning


  • 2019-Current Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arizona
  • 2006-Current Member, APA Task Force on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine
  • 2005-Current Editorial Review Board, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
  • 2003-Current Member, Society for the History of Medicine
  • 2001-Current Editorial Review Board, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
  • 2000-Current Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 1999-Current Member, American Academy of Pain Management
  • 2010-2013 Chair, International Network of Integrative Mental Health
  • 2007-2019 Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona
  • 2009-2012 Co-chair, Working group on integrative mental health, Consortium of Academic Healthcare Centres for Integrative
  • 2006-2010 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
  • 2003-2010 Founder and Chair, APA Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine


  • 1996 Residency, Stanfard University Hospital, United States
  • 1993 Internship, San Mateo County General Hospital
  • 1992 Medical Doctorate, University of California, United States
  • 1978 Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Human Biology), Stanford University, United States
  • 1978 Bachelor of Arts (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Stanford University, United States


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