Law, Ethics and Psychiatry
Paul Appelbaum, MD, Chief
The Law, Ethics and Psychiatry Division undertakes education and research on issues related to the impact of law and ethics on psychiatry, and on medicine more broadly, and on the role of psychiatry in the legal and correctional systems. Division faculty are involved in the training of medical students, residents in psychiatry and other specialties, fellows in forensic psychiatry, clinical and research fellows in other areas of psychiatry, law students, graduate students, research staff, faculty members, and the general public.
Research efforts currently focus on empirical studies of research ethics, including informed consent, competence, substituted judgment, and voluntariness. Faculty members in the Division also consult to the NYS Office of Mental Health on issues related to law and psychiatry.