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Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D., is the Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has served as a teacher, consultant to organizations, and expert witness in both civil and criminal matters. Dr. Schouten practiced employment law in Chicago before attending medical school and has combined his legal and medical training to provide consultation and training to a wide variety of groups and individuals. He has extensive experience as a teacher and consultant in the traditional areas of forensic psychiatry, as well as special expertise in the areas of violence in the workplace, threat assessment, impaired professionals, sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and organizational consultation.
Dr. Schouten has played a key role in the development of a number of innovations in the teaching of forensic mental health issues. These include a grand rounds program on mental health issues for Massachusetts' judges, a Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Program held for legal professionals, the Harvard Medical School Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, and numerous teaching programs for the Law & Psychiatry Service and Harvard Medical School. He is a Knowles Scholar in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard College, where he teaches a freshman seminar entitled@Responsibility, the Brain, and Behavior.
&ldquo;Society&rsquo;s response to psychopaths is equal parts fascination and horror.&rdquo; The reality of psychopathy is less B-horror movie and more about someone who meets very specific clinical diagnostic criteria, says Ron Schouten, JD, MD, director of the MGH Law &amp; Psychiatry Service and co-author of Almost a Psychopath.
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