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Renee Binder, M.D.


Dr. Reneé L. Binder is a psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar affective disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is the founder and director of UCSF's Psychiatry and Law Program. In 2003, Binder served as a Congressional Health Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Her research focuses on violence and suicide risk assessment, and criminalization of the mentally ill.

Binder earned a medical degree from UCSF and completed an internship and residency in psychiatry at UCSF Mount Zion. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the UCSF Royer Award for excellence in academic psychiatry and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law's Seymour Pollack Award for distinguished contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry.


Psychiatry Clinic
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-7500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

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UCSF Medical Center 1973

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Binder R. Response to the Presidential Address. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Aug 1; 172(8):717-8.
  2. Binder R. True parity in North American psychiatry. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015 May; 2(5):370-1.
  3. Binder R, Friedli A, Fuentes-Afflick E. Preventing and managing unprofessionalism in medical school faculties. Acad Med. 2015 Apr; 90(4):442-6.
  4. Sadeh N, Binder RL, McNiel DE. Recent victimization increases risk for violence in justice-involved persons with mental illness. Law Hum Behav. 2014 Apr; 38(2):119-25.
  5. McNiel DE, Gormley B, Binder RL. Leverage, the treatment relationship, and treatment participation. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 May 1; 64(5):431-6.
  6. Glezer A, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Transgendered and incarcerated: a review of the literature, current policies and laws, and ethics. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2013; 41(4):551-9.
  7. Burton PR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Reply: To PMID 22960918. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2013; 41(1):156.
  8. Buchanan A, Binder R, Norko M, Swartz M. Psychiatric violence risk assessment. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Mar; 169(3):340.
  9. Berger O, McNiel DE, Binder RL. PTSD as a criminal defense: a review of case law. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(4):509-21.
  10. Burton PR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Firesetting, arson, pyromania, and the forensic mental health expert. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(3):355-65.
  11. Nau ML, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Postpartum psychosis and the courts. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(3):318-25.
  12. Hung EK, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Covert medication in psychiatric emergencies: is it ever ethically permissible? J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(2):239-45.
  13. Hung EK, Binder RL, Fordwood SR, Hall SE, Cramer RJ, McNiel DE. A method for evaluating competency in assessment and management of suicide risk. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Jan 1; 36(1):23-8.
  14. McNiel DE, Hung EK, Cramer RJ, Hall SE, Binder RL. An approach to evaluating competence in assessing and managing violence risk. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan; 62(1):90-2.
  15. Daley C, McNiel DE, Binder RL. "I did what?" Zolpidem and the courts. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2011; 39(4):535-42.
  16. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Stakeholder views of a mental health court. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2010 Sep-Oct; 33(4):227-35.
  17. Meffert SM, Musalo K, McNiel DE, Binder RL. The role of mental health professionals in political asylum processing. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010; 38(4):479-89.
  18. Benitez CT, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Do protection orders protect? J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010; 38(3):376-85.
  19. McNiel DE, Fordwood SR, Weaver CM, Chamberlain JR, Hall SE, Binder RL. Effects of training on suicide risk assessment. Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Dec; 59(12):1462-5.
  20. McNiel DE, Chamberlain JR, Weaver CM, Hall SE, Fordwood SR, Binder RL. Impact of clinical training on violence risk assessment. Am J Psychiatry. 2008 Feb; 165(2):195-200.

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