Jonathan Shay received a BA (1963) from Harvard University and an MD (1971) and PhD (1972) from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1987 until his recent retirement, he served as a staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2001, Shay served as Visiting Scholar-at-Large at the US Naval War College; from 2004 to 2005, he was Chair of Ethics, Leadership, and Personnel Policy in the Office of the US Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, and he held the 2009 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. In 2007 he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.