Menninger Staff

Robert J. Boland, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Professor and Vice Chair, Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine

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In addition to being chief of staff and senior vice president at Menninger, as well as co-host of Menninger's Mind Dive podcastRobert J. Boland, MD, is vice chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Brown Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at BCM. He is responsible for the clinical care, research and education provided at The Clinic.


Prior to coming to Menninger, he served as vice chair of education and director of the psychiatry residency program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Board certified in psychiatry with expertise in medical education, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry, he is an alumnus of Georgetown University where he earned his undergraduate and medical degrees. 

Prior to joining Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Boland had an 18-year tenure at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, Providence, R.I. He developed a special interest in depression resulting from medical illness and, later participated in the National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored Collaborative Depression Study. That project remains one of the longest studies of depression to date, for which Dr. Boland has written widely on the influence of depression on medical illness.


For more than 30 years, he has been an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and its Council on Psychosomatic Medicine. In addition, Dr. Boland served as the chair for the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council and is a former president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.