Michael First, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Technical and Editorial Consultant on ICD-11 revision,
World Health Organization
Editorial and Coding Consultant for DSM-5,
American Psychiatric Associaton
Consultant on Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Project,
National institute of Mental Health
Michael B. First M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, and is a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and maintains a schematherapy and psychopharmacology practice in Manhattan, Dr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues and has conducted expert forensic psychiatric evaluations in both civil and criminal matters, including the 2006 trial of the 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.
Dr. First is the Editorial and Coding Consultant for the DSM-5, the chief technical and editorlal consultant on the World Health Organization’s ICD-11 revision project, and is an external consultant to the NIMH Research Domain Criteria project
Dr. First got his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, received a Masters in Computer Science and a Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, did his psychiatry residency at Columbia University, and did a fellowship in Biometrics Research under the direction of his mentor, Dr. Robert Spitzer.
He was the Editor of the DSM-IV-TR, the Editor of Text and Criteria for DSM-IV and the APA’s Handbook on Psychiatric Measures. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, including A Research Agenda for DSM-V, the DSM-IV-TR Guidebook, the DSM-5 Handbook for Differential Diagnosis, and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5).
Undergraduate: Princeton University, B.S., 1978
Graduate: University of Pittsburgh, M.S., 1983
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh, M.D., 1983
Internship: Shadyside Hospital, Medicine, 1983 - 1984
Residency: Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Psychiatry, 1984 - 1987
Fellowship: New York State Psychiatric Institute, Biometrics, 1986 - 1988
Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
• Diagnosis and Assessment
• Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders
• Forensic evaluations
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room Mailman School of Public Health Room 229C Unit/Box:Clinical Phenomenology
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
My research focuses on diagnostic and assessment issues in psychiatry. This includes issues involving psychiatric diagnosis and the DSM, psychiatric nosology, and the development of structured diagnostic assessment tools.
1. First MB, Pincus HA, Levine JB, Williams JBW, Ustin B, Peele R: Using Clinical Utility as a Criterion for Revising Psychiatric Diagnoses,. American Journal of Psychiatry 2004;161: 946-954
2. First MB, Reed, GB, Hyman SE, Saxena S: The development of the ICD-11 Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines for Mental and Behavioral Disorders. World Psychiatry 2015;14: 82-90
3. First MB, Willams, JBW, Karg, RL: Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Disorders (Research Version: SCID-5-RV)(Clinician Version: SCID-5-CV) (Clinical Trials Version: SCID-5-CT), Amercian Psychiatric Publishing, Arlington,, VA, USA
4. First MN: DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc, Arlington,, VA, USA
5. Firwt MB, Fisher CE: Body Integrity Identity Disorder: the persistent desire to acquire a disability. Psychopathology 2012;45: 3-14