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Dale McNiel, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-7379
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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. Jordan JT, McNiel DE. Characteristics of a suicide attempt predict who makes another attempt after hospital discharge: A decision-tree investigation. Psychiatry Res. 2018 10; 268:317-322. PMID: 30096659.
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    2. Armontrout JA, Torous J, Cohen M, McNiel DE, Binder R. Current Regulation of Mobile Mental Health Applications. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2018 Jun; 46(2):204-211. PMID: 30026399.
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    3. Gonzales L, McNiel DE.Can reduced homelessness help explain public safety benefits of mental health court?. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law . 2018; 2(24):271-278.
    4. Lacroix R, O'Shaughnessy R, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Controversies Concerning the Canadian Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2017 Mar; 45(1):44-51. PMID: 28270462.
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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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 DE .Scientist-practitioner training at the internship and postdoctoral level: reflections over three decades. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2015; 9:105-112.
    11. Sadeh N, McNiel DE.Posttraumatic stress disorder increases risk for criminal recidivism among justice-involved persons with mental disorders. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 2015; 42:573–586.
    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. McNiel DE, Gormley B, Binder RL. Leverage, the treatment relationship, and treatment participation. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 May 01; 64(5):431-6. PMID: 23412399.
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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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; PMCID: PMC4907265.
    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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 01; 36(1):23-8. PMID: 22362432.
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    25. 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 01; 36(1):29-33. PMID: 22362433.
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    26. 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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    27. 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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    28. 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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    29. 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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    30. Gormley B, McNiel DE .Adult attachment orientations, depressive symptoms, anger, and self-directed aggression by psychiatric patients. Cognitive Research and Therapy. 2010; 34:272-281.
    31. 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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    32. 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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    33. 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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    34. Binder RL, McNiel DE.Some issues in psychiatry, psychology and the law. Hastings Law Journal. 2008; 59:1191- 1201.
    35. 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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    36. 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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    37. 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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    38. 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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    39. 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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    40. 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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    41. 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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    42. Eisendrath SJ, McNiel DE. Factitious physical disorders, litigation, and mortality. Psychosomatics. 2004 Jul-Aug; 45(4):350-3. PMID: 15232050.
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    43. 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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    44. 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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    45. 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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    46. 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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    47. Heilbrun K, Dvoskin J, Hart S, McNiel DE.Violence risk communication: Implications for research, policy, and practice. Health, Risk, and Society. 1999; 1:91-106.
    48. McNiel DE.Correlates of violence in psychotic patients. Psychiatric Annals. 1997; 27:683-690.
    49. McNiel DE, Binder RL.Screening for risk of inpatient violence: validation of an actuarial tool. Law and Human Behavior. 1994; 18:579-586.
    50. Kadis LB, Villa MM, McNiel DE, 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.
    51. Goldberg FG, McNiel DE, 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.
    52. McNiel DE, Binder RL.Patients who bring weapons to the psychiatric emergency room. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 1987; 48:230-233.
    53. Binder RL, McNiel DE.Victims and families of violent psychiatric patients. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 1986; 14:131-139.
    54. McNiel DE, Binder RL.Teaching psychiatric residents about referring inpatients for psychological testing. Journal of Psychiatric Education. 1985; 1:240-247.
    55. Gonzales L, McNiel D.Can reduced homelessness help explain public safety benefits of mental health court?. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 2(24):271-278.