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Primary Area of Expertise
Psychiatry
Profile
- Board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
- Past President of the Minnesota Psychiatric Society and the MN Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Lifetime Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association


William Dikel, M.D. is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with over 30 years experience providing expertise to professionals in all of the systems that serve individuals who have mental health disorders. He works with defense and plaintiff's attorneys in civil and criminal justice cases, and provides consultation and expert witness services to professionals and clients in the Education, Insurance, Public Health, Social Services, Corrections and Mental Health systems. Dr. Dikel is skilled in communicating complex psychiatric issues to laypersons, and this skill has proven to be very useful in consultations with attorneys and in deposition and courtroom testimony. Dr. Dikel has provided over 25 years of psychiatric care to severely mentally ill clients in community mental health clinics. He has helped patients who have had severe emotional trauma, physical and sexual abuse, substance use disorders, criminal justice histories, child protection involvement, school failure, poverty, cognitive difficulties and disorders of mood, thought, anxiety, attention, autism spectrum and behavior. His extensive clinical experience has provided the foundation for his expert witness activities.

He provides expertise, locally and nationally on topics including:

- Forensic psychiatry
- Personal injury
- Clarification of psychiatric diagnosis
- Mental health file reviews
- Disability and other insurance claims
- School mental health
- Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs)
- Special education responsibilities
- Educational due process hearings
- Management and organizational consultation
- Psychopharmacology
- Workman's compensation
- Diminished capacity/competency
- Reduced responsibility
- Child Protection psychiatric assessments
- Effects of workplace violence and psychological trauma
- Workplace harassment
- Competency assessments
- Defamation lawsuits
- Insanity defense
- Employee psychiatric risk assessment
- Malpractice issues
- Standards of care
- Institutional negligence
- Neurological damage
- Employee assistance programs
- Contested wills
Education & Licenses
* 1972: B.A. Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
* 1980: M.D. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
* 1980-1985: Resident, General Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
* 1996: Certificate in Medical Administration, Saint Thomas University, Minneapolis, MN
* 2004-2007: Archibald Bush Foundation Fellowship, Best Practices in School Mental Health

Awards: Recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's 2015 Sidney Berman Award for outstanding achievement in school mental health.


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