Robert J. Waldinger, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Laboratory of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on lifetime predictors of healthy aging, studying 2 groups of men recruited as teenagers from Harvard College and from Boston inner city neighborhoods, and who have been part of the Study of Adult Development for 75 years. Study focuses include connections between late life relationship functioning (including romantic attachment) and emotional and physical wellbeing. He is currently beginning a study of the ‘baby boomer’ children of these original participants, examining mechanisms linking childhood adversity with midlife health decline.
Dr. Waldinger is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalytic therapist, and he teaches psychiatry residents and medical students at 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). In addition to his research and teaching, he is in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. He is a senior dharma teacher in Boundless Way Zen, and leads meditation groups in Newton and at MGH.