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, is a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, maintains a schematherapy and psychopharmacology practice in Manhattan,and conducts forensic evaluations and consultations on a wide range of criminal and civil matters.
Dr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues. Dr. First was co-principal investigator on the “Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis” conferences that developed research agendas for the upcoming DSM-V and ICD-11 revisions and was director of the DSM-V Prelude Project and is a consultant to the World Health Organization regarding the revision of ICD-11. Dr. First is the Editor of the DSM-IV-TR, the Editor of Text and Criteria for DSM-IV, the DSM-IV Primary Care Version, 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, Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis, Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders, DSM-5 Handbook for Differential Diagnosis, Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5(SCID), Co-editing the Two Volume Textbook of Psychiatry with Allan Tasman, Jeffrey Lieberman, and Jerald Kay, and various software packages. He has trained thousands of clinicians and researchers in diagnostic assessment and differential diagnosis. He has provided expert opinion and testimony on several high profile cases including the federal trial of the accused Al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.
Current research interests include studying ways to improve the clinical utility of psychiatric diagnosis and conducting studies to elucidate the characteristics, causes, and potential treatment of Body Integrity Identity Disorder, a rare disorder in which individuals have a life-long desire to acquire a disability such as amputation or paraplegia.
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
Mailman School of Public Health
Room 229C Unit/Box:Biometrics Research
722 West 168th St.
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. Firwt MB: Desire for Amputation of a Limb: Paraphilia, Psychosis, or a New Type of Identity Disorder. Psychological Medicine, 2005, 35:919-928.. Psychological Medicine 205;35: 919-928
2. First MB, Westen D: Classification for clinical practice: how to make ICD and DSM better able to serve clinicians.. International Review of Psychiatry. 2007;19: 473-481
3. 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
4. Kupfer DA, First MB, Regier DA: A Research Agenda for DSM-V, merican Psychiatric Publishing,, Washington , DC, USA, 2002
5. First MB, Spitzer RL, Williams JBW, Gibbon M: Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-I) - Research Version, Biometrics Research, New York, NY, USA