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The sixth of twelve children, Lynch is a first generation American. In obtaining his Ph.D. in psychology, he studied under a student of the late, great Pavlov. He began his own teaching as a psychiatry instructor at the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1966. In 1976, he was made a full professor at the University of Maryland Medical School. From 1976 through 1989, he directed the Center for the Study of Human Psychophysiology, UM School of Medicine.
James Lynch, Ph.D., also the author of The Broken Heart and The Language of the Heart, is a board member of The American Institute of Stress, on the staff of the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program at Lifebridge Health and director of Life Care Health Associates in Baltimore, Maryland. For more than thirty years, he served on the medical school faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland, where he was Co-Director of the Psychophysiological Clinic and Laboratories. He lives in suburban Baltimore with his wife Eileen.
More than ten chapters written by Lynch have been published in medical textbooks. More than one hundred articles written by Lynch have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. A prominent and active member of the International Pavlovian Society, he based his new book, A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness, on thirty-six years of original research.
In connection with his best-selling, oft-cited The Broken Heart, Lynch appeared on nineteen international/national TV programs, and was discussed in thirty-two national magazines. He spoke on three national radio programs, and his book was reviewed or written about in thirty-one major daily newspapers, sixteen national news syndicates, and seventeen medical publications. His 60 Minutes segment has run eight times to date-more than any other segment. It was that appearance that began the nursing home movement towards bringing in pets to improve patients' health and overall quality of life.