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Debra Pinals MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentPsychiatry
AddressWorcester Recovery Center & Hospital
309 Belmont Street
Worcester MA 01604
Phone612-626-8071
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    InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
    DepartmentPsychiatry


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    University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, United StatesBAFrench
    Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH, United StatesMD

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    1. Wall BW, Ash P, Keram E, Pinals DA, Thompson CH. AAPL Practice Resource for the Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2018 Sep; 46(3):373. PMID: 30368470.
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    2. Wall BW, Ash P, Keram E, Pinals DA, Thompson CR. AAPL Practice Resource for the Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2018 Sep; 46(3 Supplement):S4-S79. PMID: 30602602.
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    3. Smelson D, Farquhar I, Fisher W, Pressman K, Pinals DA, Samek B, Duffy MK, Sawh L. Integrating a Co-occurring Disorders Intervention in Drug Courts: An Open Pilot Trial. Community Ment Health J. 2018 Mar 07. PMID: 29516336.
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    4. Pinals DA, Felthous AR. Introduction to this double issue: Jail diversion and collaboration across the justice continuum. Behav Sci Law. 2017 09; 35(5-6):375-379. PMID: 29271027.
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    5. Trojano ML, Christopher PP, Pinals DA, Harnish A, Smelson D. Perceptions of voluntary consent among jail diverted veterans with co-occurring disorders. Behav Sci Law. 2017 Sep; 35(5-6):408-417. PMID: 28762534.
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    6. Winkelman TNA, Frank JW, Binswanger IA, Pinals DA. Health Conditions and Racial Differences Among Justice-Involved Adolescents, 2009 to 2014. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct; 17(7):723-731. PMID: 28300655.
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    7. Friedman SH, Appel JM, Ash P, Frierson RL, Giorgi-Guarnieri D, Martinez R, Newman AW, Pinals DA, Resnick PJ, Simpson AI. Unsolicited E-mails to Forensic Psychiatrists. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Dec; 44(4):470-478. PMID: 28003391.
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    8. Anacker L, Pinals DA. GPS Monitoring for Life. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Dec; 44(4):497-499. PMID: 28003397.
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    9. Dunlop J, Pinals DA. Criteria for Increasing Involuntary Medication Dosage for a Committed Insanity Acquittee. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Dec; 44(4):501-503. PMID: 28003399.
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    10. Harnish A, Corrigan P, Byrne T, Pinals DA, Rodrigues S, Smelson D. Substance Use and Mental Health Stigma in Veterans With Co-Occurring Disorders. J Dual Diagn. 2016 Jul-Dec; 12(3-4):238-243. PMID: 27723432.
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    11. Pinals DA, Anacker L. Mental Illness and Firearms: Legal Context and Clinical Approaches. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2016 Dec; 39(4):611-621. PMID: 27836155.
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    12. Christopher PP, Pinals DA, Stayton T, Sanders K, Blumberg L. Nature and Utilization of Civil Commitment for Substance Abuse in the United States. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2015 Sep; 43(3):313-20. PMID: 26438809.
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    13. Hartwell S, Fisher W, Deng X, Pinals DA, Siegfriedt J. Intensity of Offending Following State Prison Release Among Persons Treated for Mental Health Problems While Incarcerated. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Jan; 67(1):49-54. PMID: 26278228.
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    14. Steadman HJ, Monahan J, Pinals DA, Vesselinov R, Robbins PC. Gun Violence and Victimization of Strangers by Persons With a Mental Illness: Data From the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Nov; 66(11):1238-41. PMID: 26073414.
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    15. Glancy GD, Ash P, Bath EP, Buchanan A, Fedoroff P, Frierson RL, Harris VL, Hatters Friedman SJ, Hauser MJ, Knoll J, Norko M, Pinals D, Price M, Recupero P, Scott CL, Zonana HV. AAPL Practice Guideline for the Forensic Assessment. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2015 Jun; 43(2 Suppl):S3-53. PMID: 26054704.
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    16. Bonnie RJ, Appelbaum PS, Pinals DA. The Evolving Position of the American Psychiatric Association on Firearm Policy (1993-2014). Behav Sci Law. 2015 Jun; 33(2-3):178-85. PMID: 26036695.
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    17. Pinals DA, Appelbaum PS, Bonnie R, Fisher CE, Gold LH, Lee LW. American Psychiatric Association: Position Statement on Firearm Access, Acts of Violence and the Relationship to Mental Illness and Mental Health Services. Behav Sci Law. 2015 Jun; 33(2-3):195-8. PMID: 26095100.
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    18. Pinals DA, Appelbaum PS, Bonnie RJ, Fisher CE, Gold LH, Lee LW. Resource Document on Access to Firearms by People with Mental Disorders. Behav Sci Law. 2015 Jun; 33(2-3):186-94. PMID: 26095099.
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    19. Pinals DA. Crime, violence, and behavioral health: collaborative community strategies for risk mitigation. CNS Spectr. 2015 Jun; 20(3):241-9. PMID: 25915735.
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    20. Kaempf AC, Baxter P, Packer IK, Pinals DA. Gender and the experience of mental health expert witness testimony. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2015 Mar; 43(1):52-9. PMID: 25770280.
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    21. Pinals DA. Forensic services, public mental health policy, and financing: charting the course ahead. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2014; 42(1):7-19. PMID: 24618515.
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    22. Pinals DA, Frierson RL. The educational mission in forensic publishing. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2014; 42(3):290-6. PMID: 25187281.
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    23. McCabe PJ, Christopher PP, Pinals DA, Fisher WH. Predictors of criminal justice involvement in severe mania. J Affect Disord. 2013 Jul; 149(1-3):367-74. PMID: 23477847.
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    24. Hartwell SW, Deng X, Fisher W, Fulwiler C, Sambamoorthi U, Johnson C, Pinals DA, Sampson L, Siegfriedt J. Harmonizing databases? Developing a quasi-experimental design to evaluate a public mental health re-entry program. Eval Program Plann. 2012 Nov; 35(4):461-72. PMID: 22436598.
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    25. Christopher PP, Arikan R, Pinals DA, Fisher WH, Appelbaum PS. Evaluating psychiatric disability: differences by forensic expertise. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2011; 39(2):183-8. PMID: 21653261.
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    26. Pinals DA. Ready or not, here it comes: maintenance of certification. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2011; 39(3):294-6. PMID: 21908743.
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    27. Pinals DA. Veterans and the justice system: the next forensic frontier. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010; 38(2):163-7. PMID: 20542935.
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    28. LeBourgeois HW, Pinals DA, Williams V, Appelbaum PS. Hindsight bias among psychiatrists. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2007; 35(1):67-73. PMID: 17389347.
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    29. Mossman D, Noffsinger SG, Ash P, Frierson RL, Gerbasi J, Hackett M, Lewis CF, Pinals DA, Scott CL, Sieg KG, Wall BW, Zonana HV. AAPL Practice Guideline for the forensic psychiatric evaluation of competence to stand trial. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2007; 35(4 Suppl):S3-72. PMID: 18083992.
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    30. Byatt N, Pinals D, Arikan R. Involuntary hospitalization of medical patients who lack decisional capacity: an unresolved issue. Psychosomatics. 2006 Sep-Oct; 47(5):443-8. PMID: 16959935.
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    31. Sattar SP, Pinals DA, Din AU, Appelbaum PS. To commit or not to commit: the psychiatry resident as a variable in involuntary commitment decisions. Acad Psychiatry. 2006 May-Jun; 30(3):191-5. PMID: 16728764.
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    32. Pinals DA, Tillbrook CE, Mumley DL. Practical application of the MacArthur competence assessment tool-criminal adjudication (MacCAT-CA) in a public sector forensic setting. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2006; 34(2):179-88. PMID: 16844797.
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    33. Pinals DA. Forensic psychiatry fellowship training: developmental stages as an educational framework. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2005; 33(3):317-23. PMID: 16186194.
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    34. Vermette HS, Pinals DA, Appelbaum PS. Mental health training for law enforcement professionals. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2005; 33(1):42-6. PMID: 15809237.
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    35. Pinals DA, Packer IK, Fisher W, Roy-Bujnowski K. Relationship between race and ethnicity and forensic clinical triage dispositions. Psychiatr Serv. 2004 Aug; 55(8):873-8. PMID: 15292536.
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    36. Mester R, Pinals D. Comparing aspects of mental health legislation of Israel and Massachusetts. Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2004; 41(2):133-9. PMID: 15478459.
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    37. Sattar SP, Pinals DA, Gutheil TG. Countering countertransference, II: beyond evaluation to cross-examination. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2004; 32(2):148-54. PMID: 15281415.
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    38. Sattar SP, Pinals DA. When taking medications is a sin. Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Feb; 53(2):213-4. PMID: 11821555.
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    39. Sattar SP, Pinals DA, Gutheil T. Countering countertransference: a forensic trainee's dilemma. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2002; 30(1):65-9; discussion 70-3. PMID: 11931370.
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