John R. Peteet

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


After receiving his M.D. degree at Columbia and completing a medical internship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. John Peteet trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is now a staff psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Peteet’s major areas of interest are psychosocial oncology, addiction, and the clinical interface between spirituality/religion and psychiatry. His current research focuses on spirituality and healing in medicine, and the issues that arise for individuals engaged in both psychotherapy and spiritual directions.

Academic biography

Research topics

  1. What is the place of virtues (e.g. gratitude, forgiveness, humility, love) in psychiatry, for both patients and clinicians?
  2. What role does accountability as a virtue (welcoming input from those to whom one is rightly accountable, and adjusting to improve) have in mental health and human flourishing?
  3. What is the relationship of virtues to a transcendent basis, or source (e.g. gratitude to a Giver, forgiveness to a Forgiver) ?

Contributions to

Justice / Medicine (Preview Response)
Discipline(s): Medicine
Theology: Justice

Justice, Rights and Psychiatry (Disciplinary Note)
Discipline(s): Medicine
Theology: Justice