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Thomas Gutheil, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Beth Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Thomas G. Gutheil, MD is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gutheil has been associated with the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, for almost half a century and had served as a staff member there for 40 years. An internationally known teacher, lecturer, author and consultant on medico-legal issues, risk management and malpractice prevention, Dr. Gutheil is the first Professor of Psychiatry in the history of the Harvard Medical School to be board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry.

Dr. Gutheil is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He is currently Assistant Director of Medical Student Training and Co-Founder of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He is also former Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Law School; President, Law & Psychiatry Resource Center; Former Special Consultant to the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions; and Affiliate Member, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. He was president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law in 2000, the national forensic psychiatric association and the past president of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.

Dr. Gutheil served as an American Psychiatric Association (APA) delegate to the American Bar Association's Task Force on the insanity defense. In addition he has served as consultant to the American Bar Association's task force on “competence to be executed” and as Special Consultant to the Department of Justice of the Federal Government of Canada. As a twice-board-certified Forensic Psychiatrist, he has served as consultant or expert witness on cases in forty-two states.

Dr. Gutheil received the Seymour Pollack award and the “Golden Apple” award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law for distinguished contributions to the teaching of forensic psychiatry, and the "Teacher of the Year" award from CME and the Psychiatric Times.  He received the 1997 Prix Philippe Pinel from the International Academy of Law and Mental Health for significant contributions to teaching and research in legal psychiatry, and the 2000 Isaac Ray Award from the APA for outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence. He is the recipient of the 2000 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring award from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gutheil had been elected a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

In 1982 he co-authored, with Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Clinical Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law (now in its fourth edition) which received the 1982 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the APA as the outstanding contribution to the forensic psychiatric literature; he received two more Guttmacher awards. Dr. Gutheil was the first psychiatrist in the United States to have shared in three Guttmacher awards. Dr. Gutheil also contributed to the chapters on the psychiatric record and legal issues in inpatient psychiatry for Inpatient Psychiatry: Diagnosis and Treatment, and supplied the chapter on legal issues in psychiatry for the Fifth and Sixth Editions of the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.  In total, he has been author or coauthor of over 300 articles, books or book chapters in the national and international clinical and forensic literature as well as several teaching audiotapes and videotapes.  Dr. Gutheil lives and works in the Boston area.

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Sunday, September 13

2:00pm PDT