Michael B. First
Michael B. First, M.D. is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and a research psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. 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 currently the chief technical and editorlal consultant on the World Health Organization’ s ICD-11 revision project. He is also an external consultant to the NIHM Research Domain Criteria project.
Dr. First was co-principal investigator on the “Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis” conferences that developed research agendas for the upcoming DSM-V and ICD-11 revisions, director of the DSM-V Prelude Project, Editor of the DSM-IV-TR, the Editor of Text and Criteria for DSM-IV, the DSM-IV Primary Care Version, and the APA’s Handbook on Psychiatric Measures. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, including: A Research Agenda for DSM-V; Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis; and Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders. He has trained thousands of clinicians and researchers in diagnostic assessment and differential diagnosis.