My name is James Luccarelli, and I’m a PGY-3 resident and member of the Child/Adolescent track within the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency. I was born and raised in New York City, where I had my earliest research experiences in neuronal glutamate biology in the lab of David Sulzer at Columbia University. I moved to Yale for college where I fell in love with organic chemistry, and the potential for small molecules to probe and influence biology. I went to Oxford on Marshall and NIH OxCam Scholarships where I earned a D.Phil. in organic chemistry with Andrew Hamilton working on the design and synthesis of peptidomimetics to disrupt protein-protein interactions. I then went to Harvard Medical School where I worked with Loren Walensky making stapled peptides to activate and inhibit apoptosis.
I chose MGH/McLean for the depth and breadth of clinical training in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry as well as the unparalleled diversity of research opportunities available. It's incredible to be working with so many of the leaders in neuroscience in the clinic, in seminars, and around the hospitals. I am interested in electroconvulsive therapy, and better understanding how to balance efficacy and side effects of this potent treatment. I am currently working with the ECT services at MGH and McLean to analyze factors associated with transition from ultrabrief stimulus parameters to other treatment types.
Outside of work I love being on and around the Charles river, and visiting the Boston Commons ducklings (the real ones when seasonal, and the Make Way for Ducklings statues year-round). I’m thrilled to have such a wonderful group of co-residents and such supportive program leadership.