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The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, Third Edition

Edited by Liza H. Gold, M.D., and Richard L. Frierson, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-146-4
  • Item #37146


The inaugural edition of The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry was the first of its kind, and subsequent editions have raised the bar, earning it a spot as a leading text in this fascinating subspecialty of psychiatry. This new, third edition is the product of a painstaking and exhaustive revision process that resulted in a significantly expanded and restructured work. This edition is a thorough review of the field yet is flexible enough to be useful to a diverse audience. Because the topics in and structure of this edition were informed by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Content Outline for the Certification Examination in Forensic Psychiatry, it can be used as a core text during forensic psychiatry fellowship training or as a review text to prepare for the certification or maintenance of certification exam. An excellent resource on legal issues in clinical practice, the book will also be an invaluable reference for general psychiatrists, who frequently encounter complicated forensic issues, such as informed consent, confidentiality, and the physician-patient relationship. The editors, two of the foremost experts in forensic psychiatry, faced the challenge of creating a text that accurately and fully reflects the latest advances in both the law and psychiatry, while enhancing learning. This comprehensive, yet accessible volume does just that.

Every chapter has been revised, and 10 new chapters address topics of critical importance—presented in a structure that facilitates study:

  • The book highlights the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law’s Landmark Cases in Forensic Psychiatry, listing the cases at the beginning of each chapter and highlighting them within the text. This helps readers master the key points in all topic areas, while fostering understanding of the impact of the evolution of legal principles in statutory and case law in forensic psychiatry.
  • A new section on criminal justice includes chapters that address evaluations of competencies in the criminal justice system, assessment of criminal responsibility, and the role of psychiatry in death penalty cases.
  • An entire section is devoted to forensic psychiatric issues involving children and adolescents, including general principles of evaluation of juveniles, evaluations of juveniles in civil law, and evaluations of juveniles in the criminal justice system
  • New and revised chapters address the impact of technology on forensic psychiatry, including neuroimaging, the Internet, and telepsychiatry
  • The book thoroughly addresses forensic assessments of all kinds, and introduces two new and critical chapters on risk assessment of suicide and violence
  • Finally, an index of Landmark Cases and an extensive subject index provide the foundational knowledge and navigational tools to identify relevant cases and topics quickly and easily.

The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry takes the reader from fundamental concepts to cutting-edge research. Practicing general and forensic psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, and those enrolled in forensic fellowship programs will come to depend on both its accessibility and its rigor.


    Part I: Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 1. The Expert Witness
    Chapter 2. Introduction to the Legal System
    Chapter 3. Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 4. Forensic Evaluations and Reports
    Chapter 5. Psychological Testing in Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 6. Evaluation of Malingering
    Chapter 7. Neuroimaging and Forensic Psychiatry
    Part II: Legal Regulation of Psychiatry
    Chapter 8. The Physician–Patient Relationship in Psychiatry
    Chapter 9. Legal Regulation of Psychiatric Treatment
    Chapter 10. Civil Commitment
    Chapter 11. Confidentiality in Psychiatric Practice
    Part III: Civil Issues and Litigation
    Chapter 12. Professional Liability in Psychiatric Practice
    Chapter 13. Competencies in Civil Law
    Chapter 14. Personal Injury
    Chapter 15. Psychiatric Evaluation in Discrimination and Harassment Claims
    Chapter 16. Fitness for Duty, Impaired Professionals, and Public Safety
    Chapter 17. Psychiatric Disability
    Part IV: Criminal Justice
    Chapter 18. Evaluation of Competencies in the Criminal Justice System
    Chapter 19. Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility
    Chapter 20. Psychiatry and the Death Penalty
    Part V: Correctional Psychiatry and Sex Offenders
    Chapter 21. Correctional Settings and Prisoner Rights
    Chapter 22. Psychiatric Treatment in Correctional Settings
    Chapter 23. Forensic Assessment of Sex Offenders
    Part VI: Children and Families
    Chapter 24. Forensic Evaluations of Children and Adolescents
    Chapter 25. Evaluations of Juveniles in Civil Law
    Chapter 26. Evaluations of Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System
    Part VII: Special Issues in Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 27. Suicide Risk Assessment
    Chapter 28. Violence Risk Assessment
    Chapter 29. Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 30. Forensic Psychiatry and Law Enforcement
    Chapter 31. Military Forensic Psychiatry
    Chapter 32. The Internet and Telepsychiatry
    Chapter 33. Research in Forensic psychiatry
    Landmark Case Index
    Subject Index


    Elisha R. Agee, Psy.D.
    Stuart A. Anfang, M.D.
    Kenneth L. Appelbaum, M.D.
    Peter Ash, M.D.
    Madelon V. Baranoski, Ph.D.
    Arielle R. Baskin-Sommers, Ph.D.
    Elissa Benedek, M.D.
    Brad D. Booth, M.D., FRCPC
    John Bradford, M.D., D.P.M., FRCPC
    Giovana V. de Amorim Levin, M.D., FRCPC
    Eric Y. Drogin, J.D., Ph.D.
    Albert M. Drukteinis, M.D., J.D.
    Joel A. Dvoskin, Ph.D., ABPP
    Judith Edersheim, J.D., M.D.
    Patrick Fox, M.D.
    Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D.
    Richard L. Frierson, M.D.
    Graham D. Glancy, M.B., Ch.B., FRCPsych, FRCPC
    Liza H. Gold, M.D.
    Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.
    Ryan C. W. Hall, M.D.
    Annette Hanson, M.D.
    Kaustubh G. Joshi, M.D.
    Reena Kapoor, M.D.
    James L. Knoll IV, M.D.
    Richard Martinez, M.D., M.H.
    Barbara E. McDermott, Ph.D.
    Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D.
    Donald J. Meyer, M.D.
    Robert D. Morgan, Ph.D.
    Daniel C. Murrie, Ph.D.
    Debra A. Pinals, M.D.
    Marilyn Price, M.D.
    Patricia R. Recupero, J.D., M.D.
    Charles L. Scott, M.D.
    Michael C. Seto, Ph.D., C.Psych.
    Robert L. Trestman, Ph.D., M.D.
    Donna Vanderpool, M.B.A., J.D.
    Stephanie A. Van Horn, Ph.D.
    Barry W. Wall, M.D.
    Clarence Watson, J.D., M.D.
    Marlynn Wei, J.D., M.D.
    Kenneth J. Weiss, M.D.
    Carol S. Williams, LL.B. (Hons.)
    Cheryl D. Wills, M.D.

About the Authors

Liza H. Gold, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Richard L. Frierson, M.D., is Alexander G. Donald Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Education, and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina.

This is an excellent book edited by two outstanding American forensic psychiatrists. The chapters are well written by prominent experts on each topic. The information in the book will be helpful to both general and forensic psychiatrists.—Renee Binder, M.D., Professor and Director of Psychiatry and Law Program, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UCSF School of Medicine, Past President, American Psychiatric Association

This treasure of a textbook covers the basics, landmark cases, and practical advice. Many of the chapters provide a trenchant analysis of complex forensic issues by the most thoughtful senior forensic psychiatrists in North America. I wholeheartedly recommend it for forensic fellows, psychiatrists preparing for recertification and practicing forensic psychiatrists.—Phillip Resnick, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Director, AAPL Forensic Psychiatry Review Course

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