areas
  • Mental state at the time of the offense (insanity and diminished capacity)
  • Competence to stand trial
  • Violence risk assessment
  • Psychiatric disabilities
  • Psychological and emotional injuries
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Decisional capacities and competencies
  • Correctional psychiatry
  • Sentencing evaluations
  • Capital mitigation
  • Fitness for duty

  • Former Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital, NYU School of Medicine
  • Former Chair, American Psychiatric Association Council on Psychiatry and Law
  • Consultant to MacArthur Foundation Network on Mental Health and the Law, 1989-96
  • Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
  • Board Certified, Forensic Psychiatry, ABPN
  • Former Member of the ABPN Committee on Certification in Forensic Psychiatry
  • Work Group Advisor, APA Task Force on DSM-IV
  • Author of multiple peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and other publications
  • Developed the MacCAT-CA, a structured, validated assessment of competence to stand trial

Books, Monographs & Measures

[Assessment Measures] - The MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool—Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA)


cover001The Professional Manual includes important findings from the MacArthur field studies and the NIMH norming study that support the use of the MacCAT-CA in clinical evaluations of adjudicative competence. more...

[Assessment Measures] - The Perceived Coercion Scale


Legal and extra-legal coercion are pervasive in mental hospital admission and there are sharp disputes about its appropriate role.

Psychiatrists who are contacted as part of government security-clearance background checks on current more...


[Books] - Adjudicative Competence: The MacArthur Studies


Adjudicative competence remains an important topic of research and practice in psychology and law. more...

[Research Programs] - MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law


[Correctional Psychiatry] - Mapping the Innovation in Correctional Health Care Service Delivery in New York City


This study profiles New York City’s adoption of a community-based public health model that makes use of periods of incarceration to identify the chronic health and mental health needs of inmates. more...

[Correctional Psychiatry] - Providing Transition and Outpatient Services to the Mentally Ill Released from Correctional Settings, in Public Health Behind Bars: From Prisons to Communities.


More than a generation ago, the mentally ill began to flood our jails and prisons. Correctional institutions were not prepared for the influx of mentally disordered offenders and numerous reports have more...

[Sex Offenders] - Dangerous Sex Offenders, American Psychiatric Association Task Force Report


sex ofendersA Task Force Report of the American Psychiatric Association more...

[Psychiatric Testimony] - Use of Psychiatric Diagnoses in the Court Room, American Psychiatric Association Task Force Report.


Report of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on use and misuse of psychiatric diagnosis in the courts revised edition. more...