Ronald Schouten, MD, JD

Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D., is the Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schouten practiced employment law in Chicago before attending medical school and has combined his legal and medical training to provide consultation and training to a wide variety of groups and individuals. He has extensive experience as a teacher and consultant in the traditional areas of forensic psychiatry, as well as special expertise in the areas of threat assessment, violence in the workplace, the Americans with Disabilities Act, impaired professionals, sexual harassment, and organizational consultation. He has developed workplace violence policies and training programs for major corporations and serves as an ongoing member of a number of threat management teams.

Dr. Schouten has played a key role in the development of a number of innovations in the teaching of forensic mental health issues. These include a grand rounds program on mental health issues for Massachusetts’ judges, a Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Program held for legal professionals, the Harvard Medical School Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, and numerous teaching programs for the Law & Psychiatry Service and Harvard Medical School. He has been a Knowles Scholar in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard College, where he teaches a freshman seminar entitled “Responsibility, the Brain, and Behavior” and previously taught a seminar on terrorism with Jessica Stern, Ph.D. He co-developed and co-taught the Managing Workplace Con?icts Program for the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Schouten is Forensic Column Co-Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry, a Past President of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry, is licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, California, and New York and is a Member of the Bar of the State of Illinois. In 2016, he was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the President of the New England Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He is on the Advisory Board of Parents for Peace.

Dr. Schouten is the co-author of “Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy” published by Hazelden/Harvard Health Publications in 2012. He is the editor of “Mental Health Practice and the Law” published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.