In 2007, Shaili Jain was a psychiatrist comfortably ensconced in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During a spring road trip with her father, she stumbled upon the truth of what happened to his family during the 1947 Partition of India. Jain’s family legacy was one of tragic loss and terror, but it had been buried for decades. Her father’s testimony would eventually spur her on a new career path, committed to advancing the science of psychological trauma and unlocking the secrets of what fosters human resilience after surviving the unspeakable.
Today Dr. Jain is a PTSD specialist at one of America’s top VA hospitals, a trauma scientist at the National Center for PTSD and a clinical associate professor affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In her book, The Unspeakable Mind, Dr. Jain paints a textured portrait of PTSD drawing on the two decades she has spent caring for trauma survivors.
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