Dr. Lawrence Amsel serves as an expert witness in matters related to psychiatry, with a focus on
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personal Injury, Suicide, Grief, Medical Decision Making, Hospital
Psychiatric Care, Appropriate Evidence-based Standards of Care, and Malpractice. He provides
psychiatric evaluations, consultations and expert witness testimony in criminal and civil cases for
both plaintiff and defense.
Dr. Amsel attended medical school at Yale University and completed residency training at Cornell 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.
Dr. Amsel is an expert in Decision Science and Game Theory, including applications to Medical
Decision Making. He is on faculty as a master teacher at the REACH Institute, a nationally
recognized program for pediatricians and other primary care clinicians on the evidence-based
management of mental health issues. Additional areas of specialty include behavioral economics in health care, OCD, family loss, and the psychological sequelae of terrorism.
Personal Injury and Psychiatry Psychological Sequelae of Terrorism and Disasters
PTSD Public Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Malpractice Product Liability and Psychiatry
Suicide Medical Decision-Making
Forensic Psychiatry Adult Consequences of Childhood Abuse
Traumatic Brain Injury Wrongful Death and Grief