James L. Krag

James L. Krag, M.D is a psychiatrist, currently working full-time for the Veterans Administration, who provides care to Veterans through the Harrisonburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Since he began working with this clinic in Fall 2010 he has met with over 1,500 Veterans ranging in age from 22 – 95. Many of these men and women have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr. Krag has a strong interest in preventive medicine and in helping Veterans use their own internal resources to regain balance and productivity in their lives.

Dr. Krag has also worked extensively with children, adolescents and families. From 1990 – 1995 he was clinical director of one of the adolescent units for a 60 bed, Commonwealth of Virginia, Psychiatric Hospital for Children and Adolescents, in Staunton, Virginia. During that time he was also an Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia and an Associate Faculty for the Institute for Substance Abuse Studies at the University of Virginia.

From 1996 through 1998 he had a private general psychiatry practice in Charlottesville, Virginia during which time he was also Clinical Director of an Adolescent Residential Treatment Program in Charlottesville, an attending in a private psychiatric hospital, caring for adolescents. He also helped establish a team to care for children and adolescents at Valley Community Services Board, a community mental health center in Staunton, Virginia.

In late 1998 until 2007 he was Medical Director of Valley Community Services Board, serving on the Senior Management Team of the publicly funded organization which employed over 300 people to provide psychiatric and substance abuse care for Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia. In 2005 he also helped to establish a private residential treatment program for adolescent males and was their Medical Director until he left in 2010 to work for the Veterans Administration. From 6/04 - 6/10 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Krag has been active with various professional organizations. His membership in the American Psychiatric Association has led him to be especially active in the Psychiatric Society of Virginia. He was on their Board from 5/02 until 5/10. During that time he held elected positions as Member-at-Large for 5/04 -5/06, was Editor of the PSV Newsletter from 6/05 – 5/08 and was the President Elect and then President from 5/07 – 5/09. He was also a founding member and President from 2000-2005 of the Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists.

As a personal interest he studied Ayurvedic Medicine and in 10/99 and 2/00 took training in Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health. He subsequently gave a number of presentations at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Nursing School about Spirituality and Medicine The Art of Ayurvedic Healing.

Another personal interest, prior to becoming a physician, was in 8/71 & 3/73 – 5/73 when he took training to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Maharishi International University. In 5/73 – 9/73 he was Project Coordinator, Heidelberg, Germany where he established a training center for Transcendental Meditation serving U.S. Army Personnel. From 10/73 – 12/77 he was Coordinator of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Central California (Serving San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties).

During this same time he served from 1974 - 1982 at Swain Center Geriatric Clinic in Stockton, California as Assistant Administrator for management and development of a multi-purpose geriatric facility.

Dr. Krag received his undergraduate degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of Pacific, Stockton, California in 1978. His Medical Degree was received in 1986 at American University of the Caribbean in the British West Indies and he completed his degree in Psychiatry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1990. He completed his Board Certification in Psychiatry and Neurology in 1993.

Dr. Krag has a special interest in the health of families and is proud to still be working on learning the art of being happily married since 1973.


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