Dr. Fabian SalehFabian Saleh, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Law & Psychiatry Service
Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School


Fabian Saleh is a psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Law & Psychiatry Service and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service. Dr. Saleh’s forensic practice focuses on criminal and civil cases, including but not limited to, sexual dangerousness, risk assessment and risk management, malpractice, professional misconduct, and child forensic psychiatry.

Dr. Saleh was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, received his medical degree in Florence, Italy, and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry residency at Case Western Reserve University and his psychiatric residency training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is fluent in English, German, Italian, and Farsi. At Johns Hopkins, he studied and collaborated with many of the world’s leading experts in sexual disorders, including paraphilic disorders. Through his training and ongoing work, Dr. Saleh has acquired a unique array of skills and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of some of the most challenging psychiatric disorders. These include child and adolescent disorders, substance abuse, and sexual disorders including paraphilias, alone and in combination. Dr. Saleh has also expertise in evaluating children’s allegations of sexual abuse, especially as it relates to the reliability and suggestibility of children's statements and disclosures.

Dr. Saleh is the founding director of the Sexual Behaviors Clinic, CHL (located in Worcester and at the Edinburg Center in Lexington), where he evaluates and treats paraphilic and non-paraphilic sex offenders, and those with deviant sexual impulses who have not yet offended, as well those with Internet, Porn, and Cybersex Addictions.

In recognition of his exceptional expertise, Dr. Saleh has been elected or appointed to numerous leading positions in the key professional associations in his field. These include: President of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, Chair of the Sex Offenders Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and Chair of the Sexual Disorders Interest Group of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. He also has served as the Chair of the Child Psychiatry and the Law Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. His accomplishments have received prestigious recognition, including selection as a Rappeport Fellow of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Saleh is also a prolific writer, having published many book chapters and papers on paraphilic sex offenders, adolescent and female sex offenders, and the treatment of violence. He is also the editor-in-chief and author of a recently published book, “Sex Offenders: Identification, Risk Assessment, Treatment and Legal Issues” (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has given over one-hundred lectures, research presentations, and has participated in panel discussions and symposia at national and international meetings.

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