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Dale McNiel, PhD

Address401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter
San Francisco CA 94143
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    DALE E. McNIEL is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Chief Psychologist at Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics. He also serves as Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry. He earned the Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a minor in neuropsychology at the University of Arizona, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. He is Board Certified in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Psychology and Law), and is a former President of the Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises in the APA’s Division of Clinical Psychology. His research interests focus primarily on violence and mental disorder, including issues such as assessment and management of risk of violence, mental health courts, family violence and victims of violence, and self-directed violence.


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    1. Costello CR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Adolescents and Social Media: Privacy, Brain Development, and the Law. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Sep; 44(3):313-21. PMID: 27644864.
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    2. Chan EJ, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Sex Offenders in the Digital Age. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Sep; 44(3):368-75. PMID: 27644871.
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    3. Lorang MR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Minors and Sexting: Legal Implications. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Mar; 44(1):73-81. PMID: 26944746.
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    4. Korngold C, Ochoa K, Inlender T, McNiel D, Binder R. Mental Health and Immigrant Detainees in the United States: Competency and Self-Representation. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2015 Sep; 43(3):277-81. PMID: 26438803.
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    5. McNiel DE, Sadeh N, Delucchi KL, Binder RL. Prospective study of violence risk reduction by a mental health court. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jun; 66(6):598-603. PMID: 25686814.
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    6. Sadeh N, McNiel D . Posttraumatic stress disorder increases risk for criminal recidivism among justice-involved persons with mental disorders. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 2015; 42:573–586.
    7. Muñoz RF, Sorensen JL, Areán PA, Lieberman A. Fields L, Gruber VA, Hall SH, Kramer, J, Leykin,Y, McBurnett K, McQuaid JR., Pfiffner LJ, Prochaska JJ, Scheidt SD, Shumway M, Tsoh JY, van Horn P, Sosa H, McNiel D . Scientist-practitioner training at the internship and postdoctoral level: reflections over three decades. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2015; 9:105-112.
    8. Sadeh N, Londahl-Shaller EA, Piatigorsky A, Fordwood S, Stuart BK, McNiel DE, Klonsky ED, Ozer EM, Yaeger AM. Functions of non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents and young adults with Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms. Psychiatry Res. 2014 May 15; 216(2):217-22. PMID: 24594204.
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    9. Sadeh N, Binder RL, McNiel DE. Recent victimization increases risk for violence in justice-involved persons with mental illness. Law Hum Behav. 2014 Apr; 38(2):119-25. PMID: 23855324.
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    10. Sadeh N, McNiel DE. Facets of anger, childhood sexual victimization, and gender as predictors of suicide attempts by psychiatric patients after hospital discharge. J Abnorm Psychol. 2013 Aug; 122(3):879-90. PMID: 23834063.
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    11. McNiel DE, Gormley B, Binder RL. Leverage, the treatment relationship, and treatment participation. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 May 1; 64(5):431-6. PMID: 23412399.
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    12. Burton PR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Reply: To PMID 22960918. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2013; 41(1):156. PMID: 23614163.
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    13. Glezer A, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Transgendered and incarcerated: a review of the literature, current policies and laws, and ethics. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2013; 41(4):551-9. PMID: 24335329.
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    14. Teo AR, Holley SR, Leary M, McNiel DE. The relationship between level of training and accuracy of violence risk assessment. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Nov; 63(11):1089-94. PMID: 22948947.
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    15. Cramer RJ, McNiel DE, Holley SR, Shumway M, Boccellari A. Mental health in violent crime victims: Does sexual orientation matter? Law Hum Behav. 2012 Apr; 36(2):87-95. PMID: 22471413.
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    16. Hung EK, Binder RL, Fordwood SR, Hall SE, Cramer RJ, McNiel DE. A method for evaluating competency in assessment and management of suicide risk. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Jan 1; 36(1):23-8. PMID: 22362432.
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    17. Burton PR, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Firesetting, arson, pyromania, and the forensic mental health expert. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(3):355-65. PMID: 22960918.
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    18. Nau ML, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Postpartum psychosis and the courts. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(3):318-25. PMID: 22960913.
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    19. Hung EK, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Covert medication in psychiatric emergencies: is it ever ethically permissible? J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(2):239-45. PMID: 22635297.
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    20. Berger O, McNiel DE, Binder RL. PTSD as a criminal defense: a review of case law. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012; 40(4):509-21. PMID: 23233473.
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    21. Lerner U, Brooks K, McNiel DE, Cramer RJ, Haller E. Coping with a patient's suicide: a curriculum for psychiatry residency training programs. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Jan 1; 36(1):29-33. PMID: 22362433.
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    22. Daley C, McNiel DE, Binder RL. "I did what?" Zolpidem and the courts. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2011; 39(4):535-42. PMID: 22159981.
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    23. McNiel DE, Hung EK, Cramer RJ, Hall SE, Binder RL. An approach to evaluating competence in assessing and managing violence risk. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan; 62(1):90-2. PMID: 21209306.
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    24. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Stakeholder views of a mental health court. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2010 Sep-Oct; 33(4):227-35. PMID: 20655110.
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    25. Meffert SM, Musalo K, McNiel DE, Binder RL. The role of mental health professionals in political asylum processing. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010; 38(4):479-89. PMID: 21156906.
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    26. Benitez CT, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Do protection orders protect? J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010; 38(3):376-85. PMID: 20852224.
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    27. Gormley B, McNiel D . Adult attachment orientations, depressive symptoms, anger, and self-directed aggression by psychiatric patients. Cognitive Research and Therapy. 2010; 34:272-281.
    28. McNiel DE, Fordwood SR, Weaver CM, Chamberlain JR, Hall SE, Binder RL. Effects of training on suicide risk assessment. Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Dec; 59(12):1462-5. PMID: 19033175.
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    29. McNiel DE, Chamberlain JR, Weaver CM, Hall SE, Fordwood SR, Binder RL. Impact of clinical training on violence risk assessment. Am J Psychiatry. 2008 Feb; 165(2):195-200. PMID: 18245189.
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    30. Binder RL, McNiel D . Some issues in psychiatry, psychology and the law. Hastings Law Journal. 2008; 59:1191- 1201.
    31. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Effectiveness of a mental health court in reducing criminal recidivism and violence. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Sep; 164(9):1395-403. PMID: 17728425.
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    32. McNiel DE, Weaver CM, Hall SE. Base rates of firearm possession by hospitalized psychiatric patients. Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Apr; 58(4):551-3. PMID: 17412859.
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    33. Binder RL, McNiel DE. "He said--she said": the role of the forensic evaluator in determining credibility of plaintiffs who allege sexual exploitation and boundary violations. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2007; 35(2):211-8. PMID: 17592167.
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    34. Lang AJ, McNiel DE. Use of the anxiety control questionnaire in psychiatric inpatients. Depress Anxiety. 2006; 23(2):107-12. PMID: 16400628.
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    35. McNiel DE, Binder RL, Robinson JC. Incarceration associated with homelessness, mental disorder, and co-occurring substance abuse. Psychiatr Serv. 2005 Jul; 56(7):840-6. PMID: 16020817.
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    36. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Psychiatric emergency service use and homelessness, mental disorder, and violence. Psychiatr Serv. 2005 Jun; 56(6):699-704. PMID: 15939946.
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    37. Monahan J, Redlich AD, Swanson J, Robbins PC, Appelbaum PS, Petrila J, Steadman HJ, Swartz M, Angell B, McNiel DE. Use of leverage to improve adherence to psychiatric treatment in the community. Psychiatr Serv. 2005 Jan; 56(1):37-44. PMID: 15637190.
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    38. Eisendrath SJ, McNiel DE. Factitious physical disorders, litigation, and mortality. Psychosomatics. 2004 Jul-Aug; 45(4):350-3. PMID: 15232050.
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    39. McNiel DE, Gregory AL, Lam JN, Binder RL, Sullivan GR. Utility of decision support tools for assessing acute risk of violence. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Oct; 71(5):945-53. PMID: 14516243.
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    40. McNiel DE, Eisner JP, Binder RL. The relationship between aggressive attributional style and violence by psychiatric patients. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Apr; 71(2):399-403. PMID: 12699034.
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    41. Sandberg DA, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Stalking, threatening, and harassing behavior by psychiatric patients toward clinicians. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2002; 30(2):221-9. PMID: 12108559.
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    42. Eisendrath SJ, McNiel DE. Factitious disorders in civil litigation: twenty cases illustrating the spectrum of abnormal illness-affirming behavior. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2002; 30(3):391-9. PMID: 12380419.
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    43. McNiel DE, Lam JN, Binder RL. Relevance of interrater agreement to violence risk assessment. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2000 Dec; 68(6):1111-5. PMID: 11142546.
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    44. McNiel DE, Eisner JP, Binder RL. The relationship between command hallucinations and violence. Psychiatr Serv. 2000 Oct; 51(10):1288-92. PMID: 11013329.
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    45. Lam JN, McNiel DE, Binder RL. The relationship between patients' gender and violence leading to staff injuries. Psychiatr Serv. 2000 Sep; 51(9):1167-70. PMID: 10970922.
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    46. Binder RL, McNiel DE. Emergency psychiatry: contemporary practices in managing acutely violent patients in 20 psychiatric emergency rooms. Psychiatr Serv. 1999 Dec; 50(12):1553-4. PMID: 10577870.
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    47. Heilbrun K, Dvoskin J, Hart S, McNiel D . Violence risk communication: Implications for research, policy, and practice. Health, Risk, and Society. 1999; 1:91-106.
    48. McNiel DE, Sandberg DA, Binder RL. The relationship between confidence and accuracy in clinical assessment of psychiatric patients' potential for violence. Law Hum Behav. 1998 Dec; 22(6):655-69. PMID: 9874926.
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    49. Sandberg DA, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Characteristics of psychiatric inpatients who stalk, threaten, or harass hospital staff after discharge. Am J Psychiatry. 1998 Aug; 155(8):1102-5. PMID: 9699701.
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    50. McNiel DE, Binder RL, Fulton FM. Management of threats of violence under California's duty-to-protect statute. Am J Psychiatry. 1998 Aug; 155(8):1097-101. PMID: 9699700.
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    51. Binder RL, McNiel DE, Sandberg DA. A naturalistic study of clinical use of risperidone. Psychiatr Serv. 1998 Apr; 49(4):524-6. PMID: 9550245.
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    52. Beauford JE, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Utility of the initial therapeutic alliance in evaluating psychiatric patients' risk of violence. Am J Psychiatry. 1997 Sep; 154(9):1272-6. PMID: 9286188.
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    53. McNiel DE, Binder RL. The impact of hospitalization on clinical assessments of suicide risk. Psychiatr Serv. 1997 Feb; 48(2):204-8. PMID: 9021851.
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    54. McNiel D . Correlates of violence in psychotic patients. Psychiatric Annals. 1997; 27:683-690.
    55. Binder RL, McNiel DE. Application of the Tarasoff ruling and its effect on the victim and the therapeutic relationship. Psychiatr Serv. 1996 Nov; 47(11):1212-5. PMID: 8916238.
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    56. Haller E, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Impact of a smoking ban on a locked psychiatric unit. J Clin Psychiatry. 1996 Aug; 57(8):329-32. PMID: 8752014.
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    57. Binder RL, McNiel DE, Goldstone RL. Is adaptive coping possible for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse? Psychiatr Serv. 1996 Feb; 47(2):186-8. PMID: 8825257.
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    58. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Correlates of accuracy in the assessment of psychiatric inpatients' risk of violence. Am J Psychiatry. 1995 Jun; 152(6):901-6. PMID: 7755121.
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    59. McNiel DE, Binder RL. The relationship between acute psychiatric symptoms, diagnosis, and short-term risk of violence. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1994 Feb; 45(2):133-7. PMID: 8168791.
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    60. Binder RL, McNiel DE, Goldstone RL. Patterns of recall of childhood sexual abuse as described by adult survivors. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1994; 22(3):357-66. PMID: 7841507.
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    61. Binder RL, McNiel DE. Staff gender and risk of assault on doctors and nurses. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1994; 22(4):545-50. PMID: 7718927.
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    62. McNiel D, Binder RL. Screening for risk of inpatient violence: validation of an actuarial tool. Law and Human Behavior. 1994; 18:579-586.
    63. Straznickas KA, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Violence toward family caregivers by mentally ill relatives. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1993 Apr; 44(4):385-7. PMID: 8462950.
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    64. McNiel DE, Rosales IB, Binder RL. Family attitudes that predict home placement of hospitalized psychiatric patients. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1992 Oct; 43(10):1035-7. PMID: 1398570.
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    65. McNiel D, Myers RS, Zeiner HK, Wolfe HL, Hatcher C. The role of violence in decisions about hospitalization from the psychiatric emergency room. Am J Psychiatry. 1992 Feb; 149(2):207-12. PMID: 1734741.
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    66. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Clinical assessment of the risk of violence among psychiatric inpatients. Am J Psychiatry. 1991 Oct; 148(10):1317-21. PMID: 1897611.
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    67. Binder RL, Trimble MR, McNiel DE. The course of psychological symptoms after resolution of lawsuits. Am J Psychiatry. 1991 Aug; 148(8):1073-5. PMID: 1853960.
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    68. McNiel D, Hatcher C, Zeiner H, Wolfe HL, Myers RS. Characteristics of persons referred by police to the psychiatric emergency room. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1991 Apr; 42(4):425-7. PMID: 2050360.
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    69. Binder RL, Trimble MR, McNiel DE. Is money a cure? Follow-up of litigants in England. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1991; 19(2):151-60. PMID: 1873570.
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    70. Binder RL, McNiel DE. Involuntary patients' right to refuse medication: impact of the Riese decision on a California inpatient unit. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1991; 19(4):351-7. PMID: 1686192.
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    71. Kalunian DA, Binder RL, McNiel DE. Violence by geriatric patients who need psychiatric hospitalization. J Clin Psychiatry. 1990 Aug; 51(8):340-3. PMID: 2380159.
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    72. Binder RL, McNiel DE. The relationship of gender to violent behavior in acutely disturbed psychiatric patients. J Clin Psychiatry. 1990 Mar; 51(3):110-4. PMID: 2307664.
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    73. Lowenstein M, Binder RL, McNiel DE. The relationship between admission symptoms and hospital assaults. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1990 Mar; 41(3):311-3. PMID: 2312078.
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    74. Kadis LB, Villa MM, McNiel D, McClendon R. Alcoholism and the family in Peru: the impact of an alcoholic on teenagers' perceptions of the family. American Journal of Family Therapy. 1990; 18:345-354.
    75. Greenfield TK, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Violent behavior and length of psychiatric hospitalization. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1989 Aug; 40(8):809-14. PMID: 2759570.
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    76. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Relationship between preadmission threats and later violent behavior by acute psychiatric inpatients. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1989 Jun; 40(6):605-8. PMID: 2737627.
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    77. Haller E, Binder RL, McNiel DE. Violence in geriatric patients with dementia. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1989; 17(2):183-8. PMID: 2758119.
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    78. McNiel DE, Greenfield TK, Attkisson CC, Binder RL. Factor structure of a brief symptom checklist for acute psychiatric inpatients. J Clin Psychol. 1989 Jan; 45(1):66-72. PMID: 2925886.
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    79. McNiel DE, Binder RL, Greenfield TK. Predictors of violence in civilly committed acute psychiatric patients. Am J Psychiatry. 1988 Aug; 145(8):965-70. PMID: 3394881.
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    80. Binder RL, McNiel DE. Effects of diagnosis and context on dangerousness. Am J Psychiatry. 1988 Jun; 145(6):728-32. PMID: 3369561.
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    81. McNiel DE, Hatcher C, Reubin R. Family survivors of suicide and accidental death: consequences for widows. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1988; 18(2):137-48. PMID: 3420642.
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    82. Goldberg FG, McNiel D, Binder RL. Therapeutic factors in two forms of inpatient group psychotherapy: music therapy and verbal therapy. Group: Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association. 1988; 12:145-156.
    83. McNiel DE, Arkowitz HS, Pritchard BE. The response of others to face-to-face interaction with depressed patients. J Abnorm Psychol. 1987 Nov; 96(4):341-4. PMID: 3693685.
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    84. Binder RL, Kazamatsuri H, Nishimura T, McNiel DE. Tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic-induced parkinsonism in Japan. Am J Psychiatry. 1987 Nov; 144(11):1494-6. PMID: 2890308.
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    85. Binder RL, Kazamatsuri H, Nishimura T, McNiel DE. Smoking and tardive dyskinesia. Biol Psychiatry. 1987 Oct; 22(10):1280-2. PMID: 2889479.
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    86. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Predictive validity of judgments of dangerousness in emergency civil commitment. Am J Psychiatry. 1987 Feb; 144(2):197-200. PMID: 3812787.
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    87. Binder RL, McNiel DE. Evaluation of a school-based sexual abuse prevention program: cognitive and emotional effects. Child Abuse Negl. 1987; 11(4):497-506. PMID: 3427510.
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    88. McNiel D, Binder RL. Patients who bring weapons to the psychiatric emergency room. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 1987; 48:230-233.
    89. McCulloch LE, McNiel DE, Binder RL, Hatcher C. Effects of a weapon screening procedure in a psychiatric emergency room. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1986 Aug; 37(8):837-8. PMID: 3733016.
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    90. McNiel DE, Binder RL. Violence, civil commitment, and hospitalization. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1986 Feb; 174(2):107-11. PMID: 3944593.
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    91. Binder RL, McNiel D . Victims and families of violent psychiatric patients. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 1986; 14:131-139.
    92. Binder RL, McNiel DE, Fishman PS. Attitude change concerning right to refuse treatment: the impact of experience. Am J Psychiatry. 1985 Nov; 142(11):1362-5. PMID: 2865905.
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    93. McNiel D, Binder RL. Teaching psychiatric residents about referring inpatients for psychological testing. Journal of Psychiatric Education. 1985; 1:240-247.
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