Dr. Kenneth L. Appelbaum joined the psychiatry faculty at UMass Medical School in 1987, where he has worked continuously with patients involved in the criminal justice system. From 1987 to 1998, he ran a state hospital forensic evaluation unit; established and directed the UMass Medical School forensic psychiatry fellowship program; and helped establish a training program for forensic professionals and a risk assessment and management protocol for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Dr. Appelbaum served as statewide Mental Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Correction facilities from 1998 to 2007. He currently provides consultations to state mental health and correctional systems on safety and service delivery, and to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on mental health services in immigration detention facilities.
He graduated from the University of Washington Medical School, and completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Vermont and a fellowship in law and psychiatry at Yale University.
Dr. Appelbaum has authored more than 60 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and is co-editor of the 2015 Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His awards include:
- Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry as an editor of the Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry
- The Red Apple Outstanding Service Award and the Golden Apple Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for significant contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry
- The University of Massachusetts President’s Award for Public Service
- The Outstanding Public Sector Psychiatrist Award from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society
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