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Feb 2, 2022

What was your experience like as co-chair of the Revision Subcommittee and DSM-5-TR editor? How was the impact of racism and discrimination on the diagnosis and manifestations of mental disorders addressed?

In this important and timely episode, Dr. Michael First addresses these questions and much more about the upcoming release of the DSM-5-TR in March 2022.

Dr. Michael B. First is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He 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 editorial 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 has an 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, completed his psychiatry residency at Columbia University, and also completed 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 American Psychiatric Association (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).

Notably, he is also the co-chair of the Revision Subcommittee and Editor of the DSM-5-TR