About Jacquie Olds, MD

Dr. Jacqueline Olds attended Tufts Medical School, graduating in 1971. She then did an adult psychiatry residency at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, followed by a child psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital. She finished her psychoanalytic training in 1983 at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, Inc. She has worked at McLean Hospital , MGH and the Beth Israel Hospital as a teacher and clinician in both child and adult psychiatry. She has written three books with her husband, Dr. Richard Schwartz, also a psychiatrist at McLean and MGH. In addition, they started a small company together: GoodLux Technology LLC. The company makes a wearable sensor for detecting bright light through the eyes: it is named SunSprite. She has two grown children, three grandchildren,  and works in a private practice in Cambridge.

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Medical Education

  • , Psychoanalytic Institute of New England
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts Mental Health Center
  • Fellowship, McLean Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


My husband and co-author, Dr. Richard S. Schwartz and I have done extensive clinical research for our three books on social isolation and longterm marriage. In addition, we reviewed the extensive research done on the use of bright light in psychiatry for our paper, The Psychiatry of Light.


  • Books:
    Overcoming Loneliness in Everyday Life: 1996, Carol Publishing Group, NY.
    Marriage in Motion: The Natural Ebb and Flow of Lasting Relationships; 2000, Perseus Publishing Group, Cambridge, MA
    The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty First Century; 2009, Beacon Press, Boston, MA
    Articles: Various including
    The Psychiatry of Light, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2015.

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