The Dr. Joe Show

Thursdays 8 – 9 PM

“Exploring who we are and why we do what we do.”


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Hosted by Dr. Joe Shrand

Assistant : Mark Stiles of Stiles Law

4/4/19: Our Guest for Thursday Night: Marty Thornley


What would you give to achieve a life without pain? Marty Thornley’s debut novel Painless offers a front-row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong in an action-packed, psychological horror story that probes into deeper questions about depression, anxiety, aggression, obsessive thoughts, and addiction. 
For protagonist Greg Owens, this new-found procedure to cure physical pain was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind before the pain pills took control. Instead, as Greg and other patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them: obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor who is determined to protect his life’s obsession.
This breakthrough story from Marty Thornley began nearly a decade ago as a screenplay. After his brother’s overdose, Thornley revisited the story to tell it from a new perspective of personal struggle and loss, weaving a relevant conversation of addiction and mental health into a suspenseful and gruesome plot.




About Dr. Joe:

Among colleagues and staff, he is affectionately called “Doctor Joe,” as he was “Joe” in the original children’s cast of the PBS series ZOOM.

Dr. Joseph Shrand is a Lecturer of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), a short-term residential program for at-risk teens, for High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, MA. Dr. Shrand is triple Board certified in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

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Dr. Shrand routinely gives lectures on adolescent addiction and Theory of Mind and its application to re-conceptualize the behaviors of patients. He has developed a strength based model called The I-M Approach that suggests a fundamental paradigm shift, moving away from pathology to viewing a patient at a current maximum potential. Dr. Shrand is the author of Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World, Outsmarting Anger: Seven Strategies to Defuse our most Dangerous Emotion, the winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life Awards, 2013 Psychology self help category, The Fear Reflex: Five Ways to Overcome it and Trust your Imperfect Self, and Do You Really Get me? Finding Value in Yourself through Empathy and connection published by Hazelden Press. He has a regular blog post at exploring many of the topics discussed on The Dr. Joe Show.

Dr. Shrand helped to design the Independence Academy, the first sober high school on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and currently sits on the Steering Committee. Currently he also teaches psychiatry residents-in-training and Child Psychiatry Fellows as a member of the Children’s Hospital Boston staff, and has been an Assistant Child Psychiatrist on the medical staff of Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shrand has served as Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent outpatient program at McLean Hospital, and has run several inpatient psychiatric units and hospitals as their Medical Director. He is also the Medical Director of Road to Responsibility, a community based program that tends to adults with significant developmental disability and serves on various Boards involved in national mental health issues as well as global fair-trade concerns.

Dr Shrand is founder of Drug Story Theater, Inc., a non-profit organization that takes teenagers in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol and teaches them improvisational theater techniques. The teenagers then create their own shows which they perform in middle and high schools, so the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many.

Dr. Shrand is a recognized expert and routinely sought out by both local and national publications. He is a “friend” of NECN, the New England Cable Network, frequently invited to comment from a psychiatric perspective on a range of topics from the Marathon Bombing, to the Newtown tragedy, to how fans can manage the stress from the Bruins going to the Stanley Cup. He was featured in a series by ABC during suicide prevention week, has been quoted in magazines and online sites such as Good Housekeeping, Psychology Today, She Knows Parenting, Everyday Health, eHow,, parent dish, and the Today Shows Section Today Parenting. Dr. Shrand has done numerous radio interviews including being featured on 33 Voices, Wellness for the Real World, and Business Book Talk.

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