Paul S. Appelbaum, MD


Paul S. Appelbaum, MD


Specialties: PsychiatryMore specialties
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1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032

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About Paul S. Appelbaum, MD

Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia, was previously A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; and Director, Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Appelbaum is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice. Dr. Appelbaum is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and has twice served as Chair of the Council on Psychiatry and Law and of the Committee on Judicial Action for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Appelbaum is currently Chair of the DSM Steering Committee for APA, and of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the World Psychiatric Association. He has received the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association 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 Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Appelbaum performs forensic evaluations in civil and criminal cases, and treats patients with a broad variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, and adjustment problems.

Board Certifications

  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry


  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • General Psychiatry
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social Anxiety Disorder


  • Internship: Soroka Medical Center, Beersheva, Israel

Titles & Positions

  • Director, Division of Law, Ethics & Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
  • Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Awards & Honors

  • 1990: Isaac Ray Award for outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence, American Psychiatric Association
  • 1996-1997: Fritz Redlich Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
  • 1997: Edward J. Strecker, M.D. Award for outstanding contributions in clinical psychiatry, Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital
  • 2000: Elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2001: C. Charles Burlingame Award for major contributions to the field of psychiatry, Institute of Living
  • 2007: Best Doctors in America (and every year since)
  • 2007: Isaac Hays, MD and John Bell, MD Award for leadership in medical ethics and professionalism, American Medical Association
  • 2008: Americas Top Doctors (and every year since)
  • 2012: Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2013: Golden Apple Award for significant contributions to forensic psychiatry, American Academy of Psychiatry and Law

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