Clinical Research

The Center for Law, Brain and Behavior brings together experts in the fields of neurology, psychiatry, neuroimaging and the law in order to make a scientifically well-grounded translation of medical concepts when they reach the legal realm.

Group Members Center Directors:

Judith G. Edersheim, JD, MD

Dr. Judith Edersheim is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a senior consultant to the Law and Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior. Dr. Edersheim graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and attended law school at Harvard, where she graduated cum laude. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, trained in adult psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Edersheim is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, and is board certified in psychiatry with added qualification in forensic psychiatry.

Bruce H. Price, MD

Dr. Bruce H. Price graduated from Harvard University cum laude, attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, then completed an affiliated internal medicine residency program, serving as its chief resident. He next trained in general neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and returned to Boston where he completed fellowship training in cognitive and behavioral neurology at Beth Israel Hospital and served as a staff member for ten years. In 1994, he was appointed Chief of the Department of Neurology at McLean Hospital. He is an Associate in Neurology at Mass General Hospital and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Center Faculty:

Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD

Dr. Rebecca Weintraub Brendel is a psychiatrist at the Law & Psychiatry Service and the Consultation Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is associate director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brendel is a graduate of Yale College, where she majored in Philosophy and earned distinction in the major. She is an honors graduate of both the University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Brendel completed her medical internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and her adult psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals. She completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2004, and served as the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University during the 2006-2007 academic year. Dr. Brendel is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with added qualifications in Psychosomatic Medicine and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Evan David Murray, MD

Dr. Evan Murray is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency and fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. Dr. Murray is board certified in Neurology, Behavioral Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. He is on the staff of McLean Hospital where he is director of the Electroencephalography Service and director of the Neurology Clerkship. At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Murray is a member of the clinical neurology service and the Behavioral Neurology Unit. He holds the academic appointment of Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Murray is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Nuerology and Neuropsychiatry at Mclean Hospital.

Center Trainees:

Justin T. Baker, MD, Ph.D

Dr. Justin T. Baker graduated magna cum laude with honors in neuroscience from Brown University, where he studied the neural correlates of motor control and cognition using functional magnetic resonance imaging. He then attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he earned his medical degree and a Ph.D. in neuroscience. During his graduate training, he studied the neural correlates of visuospatial memory and oculomotor behavior in non-human primates with Lawrence Snyder, MD, PhD, and semantic memory in humans with Randy Buckner, PhD. This work included the development of techniques to perform functional brain imaging in awake and anesthetized monkeys that led to a first author paper in Cerebral Cortex and a cover article in Nature.

Scientific Advisory Board Of Directors:

Randy L. Buckner, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University. Affiliate, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, faculty, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Shervert H. Frazier, MD
Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. Emeritus Director, Continuing Medical Education, McLean Hospital

Jeffrey Rosen, Esq.
Professor of Law, George Washington University, Legal Affairs Correspondent, The New Republic. Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Project on Technology and the Constitution

Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital. Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University. Best Selling Author: The Sevens Sins of Memory and Searching for Memory: The Brain, The Mind, The Past

Larry J. Seidman, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Research Associate in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Director, Commonwealth Research Center, Affiliated Faculty, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

Jordan W Smoller, M.D., Sc.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Assistant Vice Chair, MGH Department of Psychiatry. Co-director of the Genetics and Genomics Unit of the MGH Clinical Research Program

Kimberly Wilbur, MBA
Senior Administrative Director, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

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