Paul S. Appelbaum, MD is the Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice, including four that were awarded the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law: (with Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.) The Clinical Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law (3rd ed., 2000); Almost a Revolution: Mental Health Law and the Limits of Change (1994); (with Thomas Grisso, Ph.D.) Assessing Competence to Consent to Treatment: A Guide for Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals (1998); and (with John Monahan, Ph.D., et. al.) Rethinking Risk Assessment (2001).
Dr. Appelbaum is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and serves as Chair of the Council on Psychiatry and Law for the American Psychiatric Association. He was previously Chair of the Commission on Judicial Action for the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law. He is currently a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Mandatory Outpatient Treatment. He has received the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association for "outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence," was the Fritz Redlich Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Appelbaum is a graduate of Columbia College, received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston.
Paul S. Appelbaum, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Psychiatry, Law and Ethics
Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
NY State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Box #122
New York, NY 10032