Jennifer Piel, MD, JD

Personal Statement

I am a Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist and Director of the UW Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law.  I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. I also work at the VA Puget Sound.  In addition to my medical training, I earned my law degree from the University of Washington. I am Board Certified in both general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. I am a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Ethics, Research, and Resident Education Committees of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL). I have twice earned the prestigious Young Investigator Award from AAPL. I am the Legal Digest Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. I have  served as an expert witness or consultant in legal cases involving criminal and civil competencies; criminal responsibility; malpractice; personal injury; sexual and gender harassment; and fitness for duty, among others. I teach courses in forensic mental health at the University of Washington and speak locally and nationally on topics related to psychiatry and the law.

Education

JD, University of Washington 2001
MD, USC/Keck School of Medicine, 2007
General Psychiatry Residency, University of Washington, 2011
Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University, 2012

Department Affiliations

Training Programs

Director, Psychiatry and the Law (PBSCI-525)

Director, VA Mental Health and Justice Rotation

Coordinator, Psychiatry Resident Forensic Didactic Series

Other Affiliations

VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division

Recent Publications

Associations Between Parole, Probation, Arrest, and Self-reported Suicide Attempts.
(2021 May)
Community Ment Health J 57(4): 727-735
Bryson WC, Piel J, Thielke S

Letter to the Editor-Behavioral Health Implications of Inmate Release During COVID-19.
(2020 Jul)
J Forensic Sci 65(4): 1379-1381
Piel J

Letter to the Editor-Is Chronic Methamphetamine-Induced Psychosis A Mental Disease for the Purposes of Insanity?
(2020 Jul)
J Forensic Sci 65(4): 1382-1383
Reisner AD, Piel JL

Term-of-Years Sentences Since Miller v. Alabama.
(2020 Mar)
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 48(1): 98-104
Piel JL

A Review of Forensic Fellowship Training: Similar Challenges, Diverse Approaches.
(2020 Apr)
Acad Psychiatry 44(2): 149-154
Michaelsen K, Piel J, Kopelovich S, Reynolds S, Cowley D

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