Brendel, Rebecca, MD, JD

Clinical Director at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Rebecca Weintraub Brendel is Clinical Director of the Veterans Program at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She has served as a psychiatrist at the Law & Psychiatry Service and the Consultation Psychiatry Service and as faculty of the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at MGH. She previously served as Associate Director of the Harvard Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Weintraub Brendel is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Weintraub Brendel graduated from both University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospital and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at MGH. From 2006 – 2007, Dr. Weintraub Brendel was the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University. A Massachusetts attorney, she is also a Fellow and Councilor of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. She serves on the Ethics Committees of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and chairs the Standards and Ethics Subcommittee of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Weintraub Brendel’s educational efforts and research interests are informed by her broad clinical practice and focus on issues at the interface of psychiatry, medicine, law, ethics, and human rights. For these efforts, she was awarded the 2008 Stoudemire Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the 2009 Isaac Ray Award from the Massachusetts Guardianship Association. She regularly teaches in both medical and legal continuing education programs.


Neither Dr. Weintraub nor any member of her family has relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

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