Paul S. Appelbaum is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law and director of the Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a research psychiatrist at the NY State Psychiatric Institute and an affiliated faculty member at Columbia Law School. He directs Columbia’s Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic, and Behavioral Genetics and heads the Clinical Research Ethics Core for Columbia’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program. He is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice and research, including four that were awarded the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Dr. Appelbaum is a former president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He has twice served as chair of the APA Council on Psychiatry and Law and the APA Committee on Judicial Action, and now chairs the APA’s DSM Steering Committee. He was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law and the Research Network on Mandatory Outpatient Treatment. He is currently a Network on Law and Neuroscience scholar. Dr. Appelbaum has received the APA’s Isaac Ray Award for "outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence," was the Fritz Redlich fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Appelbaum is a graduate of Columbia College. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston.