Michael B. First, MD

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Columbia Univeristy New York State Psychiatric Institute
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

Michael B. First, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, is a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and maintains a schema therapy and psychopharmacology practice in Manhattan, Dr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues and conducts expert forensic psychiatric evaluations in both criminal and civil matters.

Dr. First is the Editorial and Coding Consultant for the DSM-5 and a member of the DSM-5 Steering Committee, the chief technical and editorial consultant on the World Health Organization’s ICD-11 revision project, and is an external consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project Dr. First was the Editor of the DSM-IV-TR, the Editor of Text and Criteria for DSM-IV and the American Psychiatric Association’s Handbook on Psychiatric Measures. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, including the fourth edition of the two-volume Psychiatry textbook, A Research Agenda for DSM-V, the DSM-5 Handbook for Differential Diagnosis, the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5), and Learning DSM-5 by Case Example. He has trained thousands of clinicians and researchers in diagnostic assessment and differential diagnosis.


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