Dayton, Ohio-On May 4, Douglas Mossman, M.D., professor of psychiatry, became the latest recipient of the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award during the American Psychiatric Association's 160th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Following receipt of the award, Mossman delivered his Guttmacher Award Lecture, "Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff," to an audience of colleagues at the Washington Convention Center.
The Manfred S. Guttmacher Award is granted each year by the APA and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law to honor outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry. Mossman's award-winning article, "Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff," appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
Mossman received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He completed his general psychiatry residency and a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.
A frequent lecturer to medical and legal audiences, Mossman has authored more than 100 publications on ethical issues, medical decision-making, violence prediction, statistics, and psychiatric treatment. Mossman's accomplishment have also been recognized through listings in "Best Doctors in America," "Who's Who in the Midwest," and "Who's Who in Science and Engineering," and by his designation as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA.
Mossman's article, "Assessing Predictions of Violence: Being Accurate about Accuracy," was the first to examine violence predictions using ROC analysis and has been cited in more than 250 scientific and legal publications. His scholarship emphasizes using insights from other disciplines, especially mathematics and philosophy, to resolve diagnostic and decision-making problems commonly encountered by mental health clinicians. His recent scholarly projects investigate sex offender recidivism, competence to stand trial, and Bayesian reasoning. His hobbies include music, religious studies, and investing.
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