George Vaillant

George Vaillant

Title: Professor
Company: Harvard Medical School
Location: San Juan Capistrano, California, United States

George Vaillant, Professor at Harvard Medical School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of psychiatry and medical education.

Inspired to go into psychiatry because he was interested in human lives, Dr. Vaillant looks at people’s lives and interactions prospectively instead of retrospectively. He prepared for his career at Harvard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1955 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1959, and completed postgraduate work at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute from 1967 to 1976. Dr. Vaillant has taken his talents to the Massachusetts Mental Health Center as a resident in psychiatry from 1960 to 1963, Tufts University School Medicine as a professor from 1966 to 1971 and Harvard Medical School as a professor from 1971 to 1982. He has also been a director in training at Cambridge Hospital from 1976 to 1981 and at Massachusetts Mental Health Center from 1981 to 1983 as well as a professor at Dartmouth School Medicine from 1983 to 1992.

Dr. Vaillant has been a professor at Harvard School of Medicine since 1993 and has also been the director of the Harvard Grant Study of Adult Development from 1972 to 2004. Dr. Vaillant considers this to be the highlight of his career as the study has been conducted for almost 80 years. He is grateful for his mentor, the well-known psychiatrist Dr. Adolf Meyer, who encouraged him to keep active in the field. Dr. Vaillant has written the works “Adaptation to Life,” “Natural History of Alcoholism,” “Wisdom of the Ego,” and has contributed numerous articles to professional journals. As a testament to his success, Dr. Vaillant has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Award and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the East.

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