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Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D.

Co-Director, Ethics and Policy Core

Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
Overview Publications Professional Background

Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D. is Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and serves as a Co-Director of the HIV Center's Ethics and Policy Core.

Previously, Dr. Appelbaum was A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry; Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry; and Director of the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 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 (4th ed., 2007); 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 twice served as Chair of the Council on Psychiatry and Law for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He was previously Chair of the APA’s Commission on Judicial Action 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's research interests include informed consent, decisional competence, ethical issues related to genetics, research ethics, prediction and management of violence by persons with mental illnesses, coercion in medical treatment and research, and other aspects of law and ethics in medicine. He performs forensic evaluations in civil and criminal cases, and treats patients with a broad variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, and adjustment problems.

 

Current HIV Center Studies:

 

Center For Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research On Psychiatric Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics

 

 

 

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Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D.

Co-Director, Ethics and Policy Core

Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

Tel: 212-543-4184

appelba@
pi.cpmc.columbia.edu


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