Austin Blum, MD, JD
Dr. Blum’s exploration of the intersection of law and psychiatry began at Cornell Law School, where he earned a J.D. and served as a member of the Cornell Law Review. This legal training shaped his understanding of the intricate links between law and human behavior. He subsequently pursued a medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the same institution. Driven to specialize in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Blum completed his forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, under the guidance of Dr. Charles Scott, where he was trained to perform evidence-based forensic psychiatric assessments and consultations.
Dr. Blum is Board-Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and licensed to practice medicine in California and Illinois. He has completed more than 20 forensic psychiatric evaluations in various contexts, including court-ordered cases, private consultations, and assessments at Napa State Hospital. He has also provided expert testimony at trial in Alameda County, California.
Dr. Blum is a recipient of the Rappeport Fellowship of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), granted to six outstanding residents annually with interests in psychiatry and the law. As a member of AAPL’s Forensic Neuropsychiatry committee, he has presented on the topic of criminal responsibility and epilepsy. Dr. Blum further refined his ability to communicate complex neuroscience concepts as a National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) Scholar, leading to the publication of two commentaries in Biological Psychiatry.
As a forensic expert, Dr. Blum integrates law and psychiatry in each evaluation or consultation. He has been an independent contractor to fpamed since 2023.
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