About Michael B. First

in Manhattan as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Michael First

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Michael B. First is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and maintains a psychopharmacology and forensic practice in Manhattan. Dr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnostic and assessment issues and conducts expert forensic psychiatric evaluations in both criminal and civil matters. He has served as an expert in such high-profile cases as the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui the only man ever convicted in a US court for a role in the 9/11 attacks.

Dr. First has been centrally involved in the development of the various editions of the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as well as the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD). He is also the main author of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Disorders (SCID-5), the most widely used structured diagnostic interview. He has trained thousands of clinicians and researchers in diagnostic assessment and differential diagnosis.