Hal S. Wortzel

Session Title:

Symptom Validity Assessment: Clinical and Forensic Caveats

Biography:

Dr. Wortzel graduated from Amherst College majoring in Biology in 1996 and then went on to medical school at NYU, graduating AOA in 2001.  He completed his training in general psychiatry at the University of Colorado in 2005, serving as Chief Resident for the University’s Outpatient and Consultation-Liaison services.  Following residency, Dr. Wortzel completed the University of Colorado’s Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry.  He then went on to complete a two year combined fellowship integrating the University’s Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship with the VA’s MIRECC Fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry, emphasizing research in suicidology.  He now brings his combined training and skills as a forensic neuropsychiatrist to the Denver VA’s Rocky Mountain MIRECC, where he serves as Director of Neuropsychiatric Consultation Services and Co-director for the National Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program. Dr. Wortzel is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at of the University of Colorado, and serves as the Michael K. Cooper Professor of Neurocognitive Disease, and as Faculty for the Program in Forensic Psychiatry.  Dr. Wortzel maintains a private practice in Forensic Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Neurology, and has consulted on numerous criminal and civil cases. Areas of research/scholarship interest include aggression and suicide in the context of PTSD and TBI, brain injury litigation, and the application of emerging neuroscientific tools to the legal arena.