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James K Rustad, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


University of Florida, B.S. 2002

University of Vermont College of Medicine, M.D. 2007

Jackson Memorial Hospital (in affiliation with the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami), Residency in Adult Psychiatry, 2007-2011

Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation Psychiatry, 2011-2012

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Professional Interests

Mental Health Care for Veterans
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Mood and anxiety disorders
Opioid use disorder

Courses Taught

Caring for Veterans
History of Psychiatry
Treatment Resistant Depression
Mood Disorders


Dr. Rustad joined the Dartmouth faculty as a psychiatrist on the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in 2016. He is a Psychiatrist and Acting Co-Director of Mental Health Services at the Burlington Lakeside Community Based Outpatient Clinic and works on the Consultation-Liaison Service at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. He was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) by the Fellowship and Awards Subcommittee and the ACLP Board of Directors reflecting recognition by peers of abilities, talents, and contributions to the profession of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

Dr. Rustad serves as a didactics lecturer, clinical supervisor, and psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor for psychiatric residents in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock program. He was awarded the 2019 Teacher of the Year award for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Psychiatry in appreciation of excellent teaching.

Dr. Rustad participated in the American Psychiatric Association 2019 Research Colloquium as a Junior Investigator with potential to develop a research career in psychiatry. He presented a lecture and poster in Track 2: Treatment from Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy to Neural Strategies for the Colloquium at the 2019 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. Dr. Rustad is the WRJ Site Principal Investigator for the VA-BRAVE study (a VA cooperative study comparing oral and injectable Buprenorphine for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder).

Dr. Rustad has presented workshops at the American Psychiatric Association and Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry annual meetings. He recently presented Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds on "Psychiatric Consultation for Diabetes Along the Continuum of Care."

Selected Publications


Developing, Losing, and Regaining Trust in the Doctor-Patient Relationship.
Rustad JK, Schlozman SC, Hendler RA, Rasmussen MJ, Rader GL, Stern TA
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2022 Jun 21;24(3) pii: 21f03184. doi: 10.4088/PCC.21f03184. Epub 2022 Jun 21.
PMID: 35768017

COVID-Associated Exacerbation of Acute Psychosis in a Patient With Schizoaffective Disorder.
Evenson S, Burgess J, Rustad JK
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2022 Jun 28;24(4) pii: 22cr03253. doi: 10.4088/PCC.22cr03253. Epub 2022 Jun 28.
PMID: 35768014

Non-Alcohol-Related Wernicke's Encephalopathy: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Ho PA, York A, Rustad JK, Felde A, Stern TA
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021 Oct 14;23(5) pii: 21f02968. doi: 10.4088/PCC.21f02968. Epub 2021 Oct 14.
PMID: 34651469

Advancing Medical Education Through Innovations in Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Ho PA, Girgis C, Rustad JK, Noordsy D, Stern TA
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021 Feb 18;23(1) pii: 20nr02847. doi: 10.4088/PCC.20nr02847. Epub 2021 Feb 18.
PMID: 34000143

Delirious Mania: An Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment.
Arsan C, Baker C, Wong J, Scott RC, Felde AB, Mills PD, Stern TA, Rustad JK
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021 Feb 18;23(1) pii: 20f02744. doi: 10.4088/PCC.20f02744. Epub 2021 Feb 18.
PMID: 34000141

A Patient-Centered Approach to Opioid Use Disorder.
Rustad JK, Stern TA, Eth S
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021 Apr 8;23(2) pii: 20f02749. doi: 10.4088/PCC.20f02749. Epub 2021 Apr 8.
PMID: 34000111

Advancing the Mission of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Through Innovation in Teaching.
Ho PA, Girgis C, Rustad JK, Noordsy D, Stern TA
Psychosomatics. 2019 Nov-Dec;60(6):539-548. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2019.07.007. Epub 2019 Aug 1.
PMID: 31493903

Self-inflicted Limb Amputation: A Case of Nonparaphilic, Nonpsychotic Xenomelia.
Kohrman SI, Rustad JK, Suhail-Sindhu T, Fortney TA, Ramkumar DB, Warhold LG, Thakur D, Finn CT, Stern TA
Psychosomatics. 2020 Jan-Feb;61(1):70-75. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2019.03.004. Epub 2019 Mar 22.
PMID: 31053421

"Moon River": Intact Musical Appreciation and Performance in a Man With Semantic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Ho PA, Stern TA, Rustad JK
Psychosomatics. 2019 Jan-Feb;60(1):70-74. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2018.03.013. Epub 2018 Apr 3.
PMID: 29779573

Catatonia: An Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment.
Rustad JK, Landsman HS, Ivkovic A, Finn CT, Stern TA
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2018 Jan 4;20(1) pii: 17f02202. doi: 10.4088/PCC.17f02202. Epub 2018 Jan 4.
PMID: 29325233

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