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Dr. Lake is a Board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Monterey, California. He has chaired symposia and workshops at APA meetings and other national and international conferences on non-conventional and integrative mental health care. Dr. Lake has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Stanford, and is currently a visiting assistant professor of medicine at University of Arizona School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care from 2004 through 2010 and was appointed to a special APA Task Force on CAM and integrative medicine. He is currently co-chair of the working group on integrative mental health in the Consortium on Academic Healthcare Centers in Integrative Medicine, and is a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health.
Dr. Lake has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry. He contributes a regular column on integrative mental health care to Psychiatric Times, and serves on the editorial review boards of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of the Association for Advances in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, and Jour of Clinical Psychiatry.
Dr. Lake is the author or editor of four textbooks on integrative mental health: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws), Blue Poppy Press, 2000; Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care, Thieme, 2006; and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel), American Psychiatric Press, 2007; Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook, Norton, 2009; and a series of ebooks titled The Integrative Mental Health Solution. Long-standing interests include the role of culture in mental illness, the philosophy and history of medicine, and the role of consciousness and intentionality in healing.