Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5)

About the SCID-5

The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5) is a semistructured interview guide for making the major DSM-5 diagnoses. It is administered by a clinician or trained mental health professional who is familiar with the DSM-5 classification and diagnostic criteria. The interview subjects may be either psychiatric or general medical patients—or individuals who do not identify themselves as patients, such as participants in a community survey of mental illness or family members of psychiatric patients.  

Three different versions of the SCID-5 are available for diagnosing the major DSM-5 diagnoses; two SCID-5 versions are available to assess personality disorders as presented in DSM-5.

SCID-5-CV (Clinician Version)

The Clinician Version (SCID-5-CV) is published as a bound booklet and is an abridged and reformatted version of the SCID-5-RV for use by clinicians. It covers the diagnoses most commonly seen in clinical settings (See list of disorders covered in the SCID-5-CV: [link 4]). Despite the "clinician" designation, the SCID-5-CV can be used in research settings as long as the disorders of particular interest to the researcher are among those included in the SCID-5-CV.

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SCID-5-RV (Research Version)

The most comprehensive version of the SCID-5, the Research Version (SCID-5-RV) contains more disorders than the Clinician Version (described above) or the Clinical Trials Version (described below) and includes all of the relevant subtypes and severity and course specifiers. An important feature of the SCID-5-RV is its customizability, allowing the instrument to be tailored to meet the requirements of a particular study.

The SCID-5-RV is available in two configurations:

  • A standard "core" configuration that includes those disorders most researchers are likely to assess routinely for most studies. Learn more
  • An "enhanced" configuration that includes the assessment of a number of optional disorders, in addition to the disorders from the core configuration. Learn more

To facilitate customization, the SCID-5-RV is not published as a bound volume but instead is available for licensing and provided as either non-modifiable PDF files, which can be printed out by the researcher, or modifiable Microsoft Word documents to meet the needs of a particular study; the modifiable version allows the researcher to remove unneeded elements (e.g., certain specifiers), alter the flow through the interview, or add additional scales (e.g., severity rating scales) of the researcher’s choosing.

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SCID-5-CT (Clinical Trials Version)

The Clinical Trials Version (SCID-5-CT) is an adaptation of the SCID-5-RV that has been reformatted, streamlined, and optimized for use in clinical trials that incorporate typical inclusion and exclusion criteria. There are two options available for those interested in using the SCID-5-CT: a uniquely customized version and a template version.

For an additional customization fee, the contents of the SCID-5-CT can be uniquely tailored to conform to the specific diagnostic inclusion and exclusion criteria of the protocol.

Alternatively, five SCID-5-CT templates are available for clinical trial treatments of Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Each of these five templates can be customized by the user. However, if the template does not include evaluation of a particular disorder of interest (i.e., in either the inclusion or exclusion criteria), it is recommended that the user select the customized option so that this additional criteria can be incorporated into the SCID-5-CT.

Learn more about the five SCID-5-CT templates available and their contents

For an indication of how a typical SCID-5-CT configuration for a Schizophrenia trial differs from the standard SCID-5-RV, please see the Diagnostic Coverage of SCID-5-RV and SCID-5-CT

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SCID-5-PD (Personality Disorders)

The Personality Disorders Version (SCID-5-PD) is used to evaluate the 10 DSM-5 Personality Disorders. The SCID-5-PD name reflects the elimination of the multiaxial system in DSM-5. Although the DSM-IV Personality Disorder criteria are unchanged in DSM-5, the SCID-5-PD interview questions have been thoroughly reviewed and revised to optimally capture the construct embodied in the diagnostic criteria.

An optional self-report patient questionnaire for the SCID-5-PD is also included (SCID-5-SPQ). Designed to shorten the administration time of the SCID-5-PD, the SCID-5-SPQ is a screening tool with corresponding questions that allows for any “No” responses to be bypassed in the SCID-5-PD clinical interview.

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SCID-5-AMPD (Alternative Model for Personality Disorders)

The SCID-5-AMPD is a semistructured diagnostic interview that guides assessment of the defining DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders components, which provides dimensional and categorical approaches to personality disorder diagnosis. Designed for trained clinicians with a basic knowledge of the concepts of personality and personality psychopathology, the modular format of the SCID-5-AMPD allows the researcher or clinician to focus on those aspects of the Alternative Model of most interest. Each component is available individually or in customized sets:

  • Module I is devoted to the dimensional assessment of self and interpersonal functioning using the Level of Personality Functioning Scale. It provides both a global functioning score and an innovative, detailed assessment of each domain of functioning.
  • Module II focuses on the dimensional assessment of the five pathological personality trait domains in the Alternative Model and their corresponding 25 trait facets. It provides an assessment of the balance of these specific pathological traits within an individual.
  • Module III is a comprehensive assessment of each of the six specific personality disorders of the Alternative Model, as well as Personality Disorder–Trait-Specified. It also includes a global assessment of the level of personality functioning.

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Why use SCID-5?

  • To ensure that the major DSM-5 diagnoses are systematically evaluated. For example, the SCID can be used in clinical intake procedures or in comprehensive forensic diagnostic evaluation.
  • To select a study population. For example, in a study of the effectiveness of a treatment for depression, the SCID-5 can be used to ensure that all of the study subjects have symptoms that meet the DSM-5 criteria for Major Depressive Disorder and that all of the subjects with a history of any Substance Use Disorder in the past 12 months are excluded.
  • To characterize a study population in terms of current and previous psychiatric diagnoses. For example, the diagnostic data that have been obtained using the SCID interview can be utilized by researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the general public that are interested in prevalence and incidence estimates of psychiatric disorders among certain populations.
  • To improve interviewing skills of students in the mental health professions, including psychiatry, psychology, social work, and psychiatric nursing. For example, the SCID can provide trainees with a repertoire of useful questions to elicit information from a patient that will be the basis for making judgments about the diagnostic criteria. Through repeated administrations of the SCID, students will become familiar with the DSM-5 criteria and at the same time will incorporate useful questions into their own interviewing repertoire.


The process to order the SCID-5 differs by version and may require a permission fee based on type of use (e.g., noncommercial, funded research or pharmaceutical trial). Please contact APA Publishing online if you have additional questions.

View a table of ordering information for each SCID-5 version
SCID-5 Instrument Version User’s Guide and Other Information Format Availability
SCID-5-RV Research User’s Guide Licensed Together Distributed as:
  • Non-modifiable PDF files
  • Modifiable Microsoft Word files

The SCID-5-RV and the SCID-5-CT are available by permission only. Customers will need to pay the permission fee to use the SCID-5 instrument in their specific research study, clinical trial, training course, and others.

Please submit your permissions request by filling out sections I, II, IV and VI of our web form: SCID-5 Request Form

You will receive a quote via e-mail. The permission fee is based on the intended use of the SCID-5. Thus, permission needs to be procured for each research study, each clinical trial, and each training course period.

SCID-5-CV Clinician A separate SCID-5-CV User’s Guide is available Package of 5 bound interviews

SCID-5-CV and User’s Guide also sold as a set
SCID-5-CV available from APA Publishing
SCID-5-CT Clinical Trials User’s Guide Licensed Together Distributed as:
  • Non-modifiable PDF files
  • Modifiable Microsoft Word files

The SCID-5-RV and the SCID-5-CT are available by permission only. Customers will need to pay the permission fee to use the SCID-5 instrument in their specific research study, clinical trial, training course, and others.

Please submit your permissions request by filling out sections I, II, IV and VI of our web form: SCID-5 Request Form

You will receive a quote via e-mail. The permission fee is based on the intended use of the SCID-5. Thus, permission needs to be procured for each research study, each clinical trial, and each training course period.

SCID-5-PD Personality Disorders A separate SCID-5-PD User’s Guide is available.

SCID-5-SPQ, self-screening tool is a included with the SCID-5-PD.
Package of 5 bound interviews (SCID-5-PD plus SCID-5-SPQ)

SCID-5-PD, SCID-5-SPQ, and User’s Guide also sold as a set
SCID-5-PD available from APA Publishing
SCID-5-AMPD Alternative Model for Personality Disorders A separate SCID-5-AMPD User’s Guide is available. Package of 5 bound interviews for each module (Module I, Module II, or Module III)

Customized sets available of
  1. User’s Guide and one module of customer choice (in package of 5)
  2. User’s Guide and two modules of customer choice (in packages of 5)
SCID-5-PD available from APA Publishing

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of subjects can be diagnosed using the SCID-5?

In addition to assessment of current psychiatric patients, the SCID-5 has been used to assess lifetime psychiatric diagnoses in medical patients, family members, community samples, college students, the homeless, the elderly, and in short, any adult who is able to participate in the interview. If the SCID-5 is being administered to an individual who does not self-identify as a psychiatric patient, (e.g., medical patients or subjects in a community study), the Non-Patient Version of the Overview in the SCID-5-RV edition should be used.

Although the vast majority of SCID studies have been administered with adults, some investigators have successfully administered the SCID to adolescents. A SCID-5 version specifically tailored for children and adolescents is currently under development.

While it is often not possible to administer the SCID-5 interview to subjects who have moderate or severe intellectual disability or who are otherwise too cognitively impaired to answer the questions, or to subjects who are too medically or psychiatrically ill to participate in an interview, the SCID-5 can still be used as a tool for gathering and documenting diagnostic information obtained from other sources (e.g., informants, previous records) with the application of the DSM-5 diagnostic algorithms.

SCID Versions
What are the differences between the various versions of the SCID-5? Which SCID-5 version is best suited for my purposes?

When used to help guide the evaluation of non-personality disorders in clinical or forensic settings, or for training purposes (e.g., to improve diagnostic interviewing skills), the SCID-5-CV is the recommended version.

When the SCID-5 is being used for research purposes, the recommended version depends on the diagnostic needs of the research study. The various versions of the SCID-5 differ both in terms of which diagnoses, specifiers, and subtypes are covered and the assessment time frames (i.e., current vs. lifetime).

Specifically, we recommend these products for the following circumstances:

(Clinician Version)
If the range of diagnoses covered in the SCID-5-CV and the absence of lifetime assessments for many of the disorders is sufficient for a particular research study, we generally recommend the SCID-5-CV given its superior ease of use.
(Research Version)
  • If the range of diagnoses covered in the SCID-5-CV is insufficient (for instance because a Non-Patient Version of the Overview is needed or the assessment of certain disorders of interest are needed but omitted from the SCID-5-CV, such as Eating Disorders), then the SCID-5-RV is recommended.
  • If the study requirements include making modifications such as omitting certain disorders, changing the order in which disorders are assessed, or altering diagnostic time frames, the SCID-5-RV is the only instrument that allows for such customization.
(Clinical Trials Version)
If used in a research context to confirm whether subjects meet the diagnostic inclusion or exclusion criteria of a protocol. Most often the SCID-5-CT is used by pharmaceutical companies in clinical trials. The major advantage of the SCID-5-CT over the other SCID-5 versions is that its lean, streamlined format only includes those sections that are relevant to a specific protocol, thereby reducing administration time. Because the SCID-5-CT must be tailored to the primary inclusion criteria of the study, customization can be done by using one of the five available SCID-5-CT templates (which requires that the purchaser modify the SCID-5-CT to fit the actual inclusion and exclusion criteria for the study protocol) or by making a request for customization based on the inclusion/exclusion criteria of the protocol.
(Personality Disorders)
If needed for evaluation of the categorical DSM-5 classification of Personality Disorders.
(Alternative Model for Personality Disorders)
If needed for evaluation of personality disorders according to the DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders, which integrates a dimensional approach to level of personality functioning and diagnosis of personality disorders.

Another consideration is whether a computer-assisted version of the SCID-5 is desired. If so, see the electronic versions of SCID-5 by clicking the link below.

Are there any electronic versions of the SCID-5 available?

Yes, currently there are two electronic SCID-5 products available from companies which have licensed SCID-5 from APA Publishing.

  • NetSCID-5

    The NetSCID-5 products are the first web-based, fully computerized versions of the SCID-5 instruments. A free webinar demonstration is available through TeleSage Inc..

  • eInterview

    Sunilion Software’s eInterview for SCID-5-RV is a desktop software designed to run on most Windows-based devices. For more information and to download a free trial of the software platform, please visit or contact

Are there SCID-5 language translations available?

Yes, the SCID-5 products originally developed in English have been translated by different international publishers, and many, but not all, of the SCID-5 versions are available in languages other than English. Below is a list of the language translations of specific SCID-5 versions (SCID-5-RV, SCID-5-CV, SCID-5-PD) available. Individuals who are interested in obtaining product or order information are to contact the selected publisher directly.

Publishers who wish to obtain information about translating the SCID-5 products in a language not already included on the SCID-5 Translations list should email our foreign translations agent, John Scott & Co.

APA Publishing
What are the differences between the SCID-5 and SCID-IV?

There are a number of significant differences between the SCID-5 and the SCID-IV. Explore a summary of differences between the SCID-5 and SCID-IV

Administering the SCID-5
Can the SCID-5 be administered to children?

The language and diagnostic coverage make the SCID-5 most appropriate for use with adults (age 18 and over). With slight modification to the wording of the questions, the SCID-5 may be administered with adolescents. Plans are underway to develop a SCID-5 version specifically tailored for children and adolescents, which will include self and parent/guardian reporting features.

What are the qualifications needed to administer the SCID-5?

The SCID-5 is designed to be administered by mental health professionals or researchers who have been clinically trained. There is no minimum degree requirement—the amount of clinical experience is the more crucial requirement. Ideally, SCID-5 users should have had sufficient clinical experience to be able to perform unstructured diagnostic evaluation. However, nonclinicians who have comprehensive diagnostic experience with a particular study population may be trained to administer the SCID-5. Generally additional training is required for individuals with less clinical experience.

How long does it take to administer the SCID-5?

The SCID-5 administration time varies significantly based on a number of factors. These factors include the SCID-5 version to be used (e.g., core vs. enhanced SCID-5-RV; SCID-5-RV vs. SCID-5-CV vs. SCID-5-CT), the number of disorders being assessed, the diagnostic complexity of the subject, the subject’s ability or lack thereof to succinctly describe his or her history and symptoms, and the user’s level of familiarity and experience with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and the SCID-5 instrument selected. With this in mind, the following is a general range of administration times for each SCID-5 version. Subjects with complex psychopathology, diagnostic comorbidity, and who are difficult to interview may take longer than the maximum administration times listed below.

SCID-5 Version Range of Administration Time
SCID-5-RV Core Version 45 to 120 minutes
SCID-5-RV Enhanced Version 45 to 180 minutes
SCID-5-CV 30 to 120 minutes
SCID-5-CT 30 to 75 minutes
SCID-5-PD 30 to 120 minutes

Additional Support and Materials
What kind of training materials and services are available for the different SCID-5 versions?

  • User's Guide

    Each version of the SCID-5 has an accompanying User’s Guide that includes general instructions on how to administer the SCID-5 as well as extensive disorder-specific guidelines. It is essential for any user of the SCID-5 to have reviewed the User’s Guide prior to administration.

  • Other SCID-5 Training Materials

    Training materials are currently in development. For more information, visit

  • On-site SCID-5 Training

    On-site training is offered by Dr. Michael First. For more information, visit

  • Off-site SCID-5 Supervision

    For more information, visit

Are there reliability and validity data available on the SCID-5?

Presently, there is no reliability or validity data available for the SCID-5, other than the validation of the NetSCID-5 products. Information on prior versions of the SCID-I and SCID-II can be found by visiting the Psychometrics tab at

How do I reference the SCID-5?

Each SCID-5 version has a specific citation. See all SCID-5 Citations

How do I obtain SCID-5 updates and revisions?

Given the complexity of the SCID-5 instruments, subsequent errors and updates are inevitable. A PDF document that includes a list of errors found, the affected module; page; or field code, and a detailed explanation on how to update the SCID-5 will be made available here as well as on online periodically for download. Additionally, currently licensed purchasers of the SCID-5-RV will periodically receive from APA updated files that correspond with the most recent revisions.