Dept. of Psychiatry

Ronald Schouten, MD, JD

Dr. Ronald Schouten

Dr. Ronald Schouten
Director, Law & Psychiatry Service
Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

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.”

Dr. Schouten has served as a consultant and trainer for major corporations and institutions in the areas of disaster response, violence in the workplace and sexual harassment and he serves as mental health consultant to multiple threat management teams. Dr. Schouten has served as a subject matter expert for the Biological Threat Classification Program of the Department of Homeland Security and has testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack. He was the mental health liaison for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America to the September 11 Victims’ Fund and served on consensus panels drafting guidelines on workplace violence for the FBI and the American Society of Industrial Security. Dr. Schouten is a consultant to the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He participated in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) 2008 Summer Hard Problem Program (SHARP) entitled “Biological Warfare Perpetrators: Rationality, Culture, and Likelihood of Discovery.” In 2008 he was appointed to ODNI’s Biological Sciences Expert Group (BSEG).

Dr. Schouten is Forensic Column Co-Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry and a Past President of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry. Dr. Schouten is licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, California, and New York and is a Member of the Bar of the State of Illinois. In 2008, he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

(BA: Haverford College, JD: Boston University School of Law, MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine) His professional activities have included:

  • Assessment in civil and criminal matters;
  • Assessment of threats against individuals and organizations;
  • Assessment of potentially dangerous employees;
  • Assistance in evaluation and management of threat and extortion matters;
  • Consultation and testimony in psychiatric malpractice matters;
  • Consultations to the sports and entertainment industries;
  • Consultation on Americans with Disabilities Act issues;
  • Consultation on emotional damages in a complex, multi-state products liability case;
  • Consultation and testimony on criminal responsibility and competence to stand trial in homicide and other felony cases;
  • Consultation regarding impaired executives and professionals;
  • Development of violence prevention policies for major corporations;
  • Evaluation and counseling of executives accused of sexual harassment;
  • Evaluations in complex psychiatric disability and insurance fraud matters
  • Evaluations of physicians and other professionals who have engaged in alleged disruptive behavior Expert testimony and litigation support in civil and criminal matters;
  • Testimony and consultation in sexual harassment cases;
  • Training on violence prevention and sexual harassment for corporations and federal employees