Evaluating the Revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) image

March 11, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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The DSM is the reference used by clinicians, researchers, and insurers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, with the intent to provide specific, objective criteria by which to assess symptoms and determine whether to pay for treatment.  The American Psychiatric Association released the manual's fifth edition in May 2013, nearly twenty years after the fourth edition, to substantial public and professional criticism.  This discussion examined the new revisions and their implications for patients, medical practice, research, and the law.


  • Steven E. Hyman, Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

  • Anne Becker, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Nita Farahany, Professor of Law, Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy, and Professor of Philosophy at Duke University

  • Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

For questions, contact petrie-flom@law.harvard.edu or 617-496-4662.

This event was supported by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.

Video of this event is now available online!


health law policy   i. glenn cohen   mental health   public health