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Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She works as a psychotherapist in a high-security hospital. She is a group analyst and researcher in attachment theory as it relates to offenders. She has a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics, and is a founder member of the Philosophy Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She can be contacted via e-mail

Michael B. First is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, and a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and maintains a schematherapy and psychopharmacology practice in Manhattan. Dr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues. Dr. First is Chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Assessment, and was on the Steering Committee for the “Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis” conferences that developed research agendas for the upcoming DSM-V and ICD-11 revisions. He is the 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, Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders, DSM-IV-TR Guidebook, DSM-IV-TR Handbook for Differential Diagnosis, Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID), DSM-IV-TR Casebook, Treatment Companion to the DSM-IV-TR Casebook, and various software packages. He has trained thousands of clinicians and researchers in diagnostic assessment and differential diagnosis. He can be contacted via e-mail

Jeffrey Geller is the Director of Public Sector Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). In addition to teaching, supervision and research at UMMS, Dr. Geller serves or has served as a consultant to public institutions in fifteen states and for the U.S Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in another five states. He is the book review editor for Psychiatric Services and the author of Women of the Asylum. Dr. Geller serves on the boards of the American Psychiatric Association, the Treatment Advocacy Center and the Genesis Club. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Christopher Heginbotham is Professor of Mental Health Policy and Management, University of Central Lancashire; Deputy Head, International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion; and Co-Director, Institute for Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health. Research interests include philosophy and mental health, in particular philosophy of psychoanalysis and service user engagement; mental health policy, in particular civil legal and human rights; and resource allocation, [End Page 77] priority setting, and rationing within commissioning programs for health and social care. He can be contacted via e-mail

David Mccallum is Associate Professor in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Victoria University, Melbourne. He is the author of The Social Production of Merit (The Falmer Press, 1990), Personality and Dangerousness (Cambridge University Press, 2001). His forthcoming book, with Jennifer Laurence, Inside the Child’s Head (Sense Publishing, 2008) is a genealogy of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. He can be contacted via e-mail

Stephen J. Morse is the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in criminal law, mental health law, and neuroscience and law, with special reference to issues of responsibility in criminal and civil law. Professor Morse is a board-certified forensic psychologist and currently serves as a member of the Governing Board, co-director of the Network on Addiction, and Legal Coordinator of the MacArthur Foundation Project on Law and Neuroscience. He can be contacted via e-mail

Nancy Nyquist Potter is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville. She teaches medical ethics both to nursing students and medical students in addition to courses such as Race, Gender, and Mental Illness; Philosophy and...


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