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Dr. Lawrence Amsel serves as an expert witness in matters related to psychiatry and the law, with a focus on PTSD, Psychological Aspects of Personal Injury, Psychiatric Malpractice, Suicide and Wrongful Death, Prolonged Grief, Psychiatric Injury due to Social Media, Medical Decision Making, and Hospital Psychiatric Care. He provides psychiatric evaluations, consultations, and expert witness testimony in criminal and civil cases for both plaintiff and defense. He has expertise on the psychological injuries related to Social Media.

Dr. Amsel attended medical school at Yale University and completed residency training at Cornell University, and is on the faculty at Columbia University. He is board certified in psychiatry. His expertise around the interface of legal and psychiatric issues is based on 28 years of experience in clinical practice, as well as in academic psychiatry, research, and public health psychiatry at Columbia University. As Co-Director of the Trauma Studies and Services division there, he treated victims of 9/11 and their families, and ran a training program for thousands of clinicians. He has published research on PTSD, suicide, and suicide prevention, and he is highly experienced in the clinical management of suicidal patients, as well as patients with PTSD and Prolonged Grief.

Dr. Amsel is also an expert in Medical Decision Making and Forensic Epidemiology. He is on faculty as a master teacher at the REACH Institute, a nationally recognized training program in managing mental health issues in primary care. Additional areas of specialty include behavioral economics in health care, OCD, family loss, and the psychological sequelae of terrorism.

Forensic Epidemiology
Grief Problems due to Medical or Funeral Malpractice
Personal Injury and Psychiatry
Public Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Malpractice
Psychological Effects of Social Media
Product Liability and Psychiatry
Medical Decision-Making
Forensic Psychiatry
Adult Consequences of Childhood Abuse
Wrongful Death