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Dr. Douglas Mossman Receives Manfred S. Guttmacher Award


Cincinnati, Ohio
On May 4, Douglas Mossman, M.D. became the latest recipient of the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award during the American Psychiatric Association’s 160th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  Following receipt of the award, Mossman delivered his Guttmacher Award Lecture, “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff,” to an audience of colleagues at the Washington Convention Center.

The Manfred S. Guttmacher Award is granted each year by the APA and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law to honor outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry. Mossman’s award-winning article, “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff,” appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Mossman is the director of the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Law professor and is the director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Mossman received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He completed his general psychiatry residency and a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.

A frequent lecturer to medical and legal audiences, Mossman has authored more than 100 publications on ethical issues, medical decision-making, violence prediction, statistics, and psychiatric treatment. Mossman’s accomplishment have also been recognized through listings in “Best Doctors in America,” “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering,” and by his designation as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA.  His 1994 article, “Assessing Predictions of Violence: Being Accurate about Accuracy,” was the first to examine violence predictions using ROC analysis and has been cited in more than 250 scientific and legal publications. His scholarship emphasizes using insights from other disciplines, especially mathematics and philosophy, to resolve diagnostic and decision-making problems commonly encountered by mental health clinicians. His recent scholarly projects investigate sex offender recidivism, competence to stand trial, and Bayesian reasoning. His hobbies include music, religious studies, and investing.

The College of Law

Founded in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. From humble beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today in Clifton (OH), the College of Law has been on the leading edge of legal education. Thousands of lawyers have graduated from the law school; approximately 5100 alums are living today, and about one-third practice in the Greater Cincinnati community, working in all areas of the law.

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Located in Dayton, Ohio, the community-based Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in southwest Ohio. In addition to providing medical education leading to the M.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A. or M.D./M.P.H. degree, the medical school provides residency training in 13 medical specialties and continuing medical education programs for the community’s practicing physicians. Its nationally recognized research programs include centers of excellence in genomics, toxicology, neuroscience, substance abuse and treatment, and human growth and development.

Contact Information:
Sherry English
513.556.0090
sherry.english@uc.edu