Jessica Gold

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University

Jessica (“Jessi”) Gold, M.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, where she works at the Habif Health and Wellness Center seeing undergraduate and graduate students as patients and teaches medical students and residents. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. and M.S. in Anthropology) and the Yale School of Medicine (M.D.). She completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford University where she served as chief resident from 2017-2018. 

Inspired by her own experiences starting as a premedical student in undergraduate and those of her peers, Dr. Gold developed a particular interest in the physician training process and physician wellness and mental health. Her master's thesis in anthropology focused on premed as a culture and since that time she has researched medical student mental health and access to care both locally in her US medical school and internationally in China and the Middle East. Additionally, knowing that her peers would have benefited from them in medical school, she was inspired to create resident-led medical student support groups when she was a resident at Stanford as an intervention to help target loneliness. She greatly values the role of the narrative and storytelling in medicine. During medical school her experience with mistreatment on a rotation, led to her writing a piece entitled, “Alligator Hands”, that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and widely shared in the academic community. For her work, she received the Marguerite Rush Lerner Award for creative writing and this experience helped inform her future career, her love of writing, and advocacy in physician wellness and gender harassment in healthcare.

She has been featured in, among others, Self, InStyle, TIME, Glamour, and the HuffPost.