Ezra H Griffith MD

Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry; Deputy Chair for Diversity and Organizational Ethics, Department of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Forensic psychiatry; Cultural psychiatry


Research Summary

I am presently working on the use of narrative in the forensic psychiatry context, particularly as it applies to the “performance” of the forensic specialist—both in written and in oral forms. The second project focuses on clarifying how the forensic psychiatrist can perform the necessary roles while maintaining eyes on parameters that are rooted in solid narrative ethics. The robust ethics base is especially important when the forensic performance is at risk for undue influence from socio-cultural factors.


Selected Publications

  • Griffith EE. Stone's views of 25 years ago have now shifted incrementally. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2008;36(2):201-5.
  • Griffith EE, Baranoski MV. Commentary: the place of performative writing in forensic psychiatry. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2007;35(1):27-31.

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