Brandon Unruh, MD

Brandon Unruh, MD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Brandon Unruh, MD, is the medical director of the Gunderson Residence, an intensive, specialized residential program for women with severe personality disorders. His clinical approach is anchored in the integration of evidence-based treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy, mentalization-based treatment, and general psychiatric management.

Dr. Unruh came to a career in psychiatry and psychotherapy through interests in literature and philosophy, as well as science. He has published on a variety of topics including medical ethics, general hospital psychiatry, and literature and medicine. His academic interests also include the examination of philosophical and spiritual issues from psychiatric and psychoanalytic perspectives.


Book cover - Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Case-Based Approach
Brian Palmer, MD, and Brandon Unruh, MD, editors
(Springer, 2018)

Book cover - Mentalization-Based Treatment for Pathological Narcissism

Mentalization-Based Treatment for Pathological Narcissism
by Robert P. Drozek, Brandon Unruh, Anthony Bateman
(Oxford University Press, 2023)

Education & Training

  • 2002 BA, Harvard University
  • 2007 MD, UCLA School of Medicine
  • 2007-2008 Internship in Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • 2008-2011 Residency in Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry Training Program, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital
  • 2010-2011 Chief Resident in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
  • 2011-2012 Psychosocial Fellowship in the Treatment of Personality Disorders, McLean Hospital
  • 2011-2012 Fellowship, American Psychoanalytic Association
Board Certifications:
  • 2010 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 2011 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Phone: 617.855.3989
Office Address: Belmont campus - Service Building, Room 15