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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.

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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.


  • Dedication
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 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

The volume includes enough fun facts to impress supervisors, enliven discourse with peers, and position one to succeed in forensic trivia contests. Each chapter ends with a succinct summary of take away points, bringing home the key concepts. The format will be a boon to students, residents, fellows, and experienced practicing psychiatrists alike who are striving to learn and keep up to date efficiently. Forensic fellows will appreciate this text as a helpful resource and guide for board examination preparation.—Rory P. Houghtalen, M.D., Journal of Psychiatric Practice September 2019

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