Robert McKelvey holds the M.D. degree and received his B.A. degree in German and English history and literature from Harvard University in 1966 and then spent a year on a German Academic Exchange Fellowship at Eberhardt-Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany, studying German language and literature. Subsequently, he was an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam and earning a Bronze Star Medal with Combat V. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1974 and completed his psychiatry residency at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 1977 and his child psychiatry fellowship training at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He has served subsequently on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Western Australia, and Oregon Health and Science University. He is presently a Professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and is in the private practice of child and adolescent psychiatry. His academic interests include cross-cultural psychiatry involving refugee populations from Vietnam, physician coping with the deaths of child patients, and the so-called euthanasia program in National Socialist Germany. He has published numerous articles and three books: The Dust of Life: America’s Abandonment of Its Children In Vietnam, A Gift of Barbed Wire: America’s Abandonment of Its Allies in South Vietnam, and When A Child Dies: How Pediatric Physicians and Nurses Cope. His clinical interests include the assessment of complex child and adolescent psychiatric problems, psychopharmacology, and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. He has also been involved in medical student education for many years, directing courses in child psychiatry and human growth and development, and receiving several student and faculty nominated teaching awards.
Biography Updated on 4 October 2011