Harvard Health Books

Ron Schouten MD, JD

Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schouten is a former attorney who left the practice of law to pursue a career in medicine. His work focuses on forensic psychiatry, which is the application of clinical psychiatry to legal matters. In his career, he has assessed murderers, as well as victims and perpetrators of child abuse, domestic violence and other trauma. He has special expertise in the areas of threat assessment, including insider threat and violence in the workplace, as well as occupational behavioral health and professional misconduct. His professional activities range from teaching Harvard undergraduates to advising multinational corporations and government agencies. Dr. Schouten’s work on subclinical psychopathy has been featured in many media outlets including Harvard Business Review and Time. He is a widely recognized expert in forensic psychiatry and has been interviewed by prestigious national media outlets including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  He has authored and coauthored over 60 professional publications on a range of medical and legal topics. He is also co-author of Almost a Psychopath.

  • How are almost psychopaths different from the rest of us?
  • Are there other potential explanations for almost psychopathic behavior?
  • What should I do if I think someone I’m close to is an almost psychopath?
  • What should I do if I think I’m an almost psychopath?

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