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. Binder R, Garcia P, Johnson B, Fuentes-Afflick E. Sexual Harassment in Medical Schools: The Challenge of Covert Retaliation as a Barrier to Reporting. Acad Med. 2018 May 22.
  2. Hirschtritt ME, Binder RL. A Reassessment of Blaming Mass Shootings on Mental Illness. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 01; 75(4):311-312.
  3. 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.

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