Renee Binder, MD


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. Hirschtritt ME, Binder RL. A Reassessment of Blaming Mass Shootings on Mental Illness. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 01; 75(4):311-312.
  2. Binder R, Garcia P, Johnson B, Fuentes-Afflick E. Identifying and Mitigating Risk of Violence in the Scientific Workplace. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2017 Dec; 45(4):400-403.
  3. Lacroix R, O'Shaughnessy R, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Controversies Concerning the Canadian Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2017 Mar; 45(1):44-51.
  4. Hirschtritt ME, Binder RL. Interrupting the Mental Illness-Incarceration-Recidivism Cycle. JAMA. 2017 Feb 21; 317(7):695-696.
  5. Costello CR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Adolescents and Social Media: Privacy, Brain Development, and the Law. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Sep; 44(3):313-21.
  6. Chan EJ, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Sex Offenders in the Digital Age. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Sep; 44(3):368-75.
  7. Binder R. Claiming Our Future. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 Jul 01; 173(7):665-7.
  8. Lorang MR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Minors and Sexting: Legal Implications. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Mar; 44(1):73-81.
  9. Binder R, Friedli A, Fuentes-Afflick E. The New Academic Environment and Faculty Misconduct. Acad Med. 2016 Feb; 91(2):175-9.
  10. Korngold C, Ochoa K, Inlender T, McNiel D, Binder R. Mental Health and Immigrant Detainees in the United States: Competency and Self-Representation. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2015 Sep; 43(3):277-81.
  11. Binder R. Response to the Presidential Address. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Aug 01; 172(8):717-8.
  12. Binder R. True parity in North American psychiatry. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015 May; 2(5):370-371.
  13. Binder R, Friedli A, Fuentes-Afflick E. Preventing and managing unprofessionalism in medical school faculties. Acad Med. 2015 Apr; 90(4):442-6.
  14. McNiel DE, Sadeh N, Delucchi KL, Binder RL. Prospective study of violence risk reduction by a mental health court. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jun; 66(6):598-603.
  15. 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.
  16. McNiel DE, Gormley B, Binder RL. Leverage, the treatment relationship, and treatment participation. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 May 01; 64(5):431-6.
  17. Burton PR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Reply: To PMID 22960918. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2013; 41(1):156.
  18. 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.
  19. Buchanan A, Binder R, Norko M, Swartz M. Psychiatric violence risk assessment. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Mar; 169(3):340.
  20. 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 01; 36(1):23-8.

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