Forensic and Clinical Psychiatry Expert Witness - Nationwide
Dr. Crowley's areas of expertise include: PTSD, Security Clearance, Malpractice, Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence, Fitness for Duty, Independent Medical Examinations (I.M.E.), Dangerousness Assessments, Suicide, Sexual Misconduct (and Sexual Misconduct by Professionals), Sexual Harassment and Abuse, Hospital Treatment Standards, Outpatient Treatment Standards, Workplace Violence,, Stress, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Psychiatrists Peer Review, Ethics, Civil Commitment (of mentally ill to hospitals), Criminal Responsibility, Sanity, Diminished Capacity, Pre-sentence Recommendations to Court, Competence for Trial, Courts Martial, Psychiatric Evaluations, Psychiatric Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Psychotic States, Psychosomatic Medicine, Personal Trauma: Adult, Adolescent, and Child, Medical Malpractice-Psychiatric.
With a background of awards for his work in the Department of Defense, he serves as civilian expert in Courts Martial and is available in that capacity worldwide.
Litigation Support Services
Dr. Crowley can serve as psychiatric consultant, examiner, and expert witness in most types of civil and criminal cases in state courts, as well as in federal courts and courts martial.
He has experience on matters of all kinds where state of mind is at issue. His recent cases have involved issues of: malpractice; fitness for duty; security clearance; personal injury; sexual harassment; testamentary capacity and undue influence; PTSD; trauma and stress; sexual misconduct by professionals; stalking; hospital standards; dangerousness assessments in the workplace; fitness for duty; criminal responsibility; competence for trial; presentencing recommendations to Court; eligibility for release from incarceration.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Crowley, a Yale Medical School alumnus and graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, has been practicing psychiatry-- clinical, forensic, and administrative-- for over fifty years in the Washington, DC, area.
In his forensic practice, which is both extensive and varied, he has served as psychiatric consultant, examiner, and expert witness in many types of civil and criminal cases, in the courts of several states (CA, DC, FL, KY, LA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, WY) as well as in federal courts and courts martial. He has worked on matters of all kinds where state of mind is at issue. His recent cases have involved issues of: PTSD; security clearance ;malpractice; personal injury; stalking; sexual harassment; testamentary capacity; sexual misconduct by professionals; hospital standards; dangerousness assessments in the workplace; fitness for duty; criminal responsibility; competence for trial; presentencing recommendations to Court; eligibility for safe release from incarceration; Courts Martial.
Currently all forensic and clinical services are provided by telemedicine. Hearings are done remotely by Zoom or Webex.
Dr. Crowley is a Scientist at The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, and has worked with the NIH/USUHS clinical research team leading in the study of PTSD and other stress disorders. He served for 20 years at the Department of Defense's Deployment Health Clinical Center at Walter Reed, for which in 2001 he was awarded the Army Certificate of Achievement by the Commanding General, North American Regional Medical Command. And in 2010 he was honored with Certificate of Appreciation for Contribution to the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, presented by Loree K. Sutton, M.D., Brigadier General, Medical Corps, USA, Director DCoE.
Active in leadership roles in psychiatry, Dr. Crowley served on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association from 2010 to 2016. He is a Past President of the Washington Psychiatric Society and immediate past chair of its Ethics Committee; Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; and Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. He is a member of the American College of Psychatrists.
In the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, he served on the Executive Council from 2007 to 2010, and earlier on the Committee on Peer Review of Psychiatric Testimony. For three terms he was Chair, Guttmacher Award Board, the joint committee of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law which annually judges and awards the prize for the best contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry. From 2004-2010 he served on the Isaac Ray Award Committee.
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Present Professional Practice:
Private practice of Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis in Washington, DC, area.
Past Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland
Psychiatrist, Deployment Health Clinical, Department of Defense, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. for twenty years.
Current Academic Positions:
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Past Professional Positions:
1982-1995 Staff Psychiatrist and Coordinator of Not Criminally Responsible Hearings - Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, Jessup, Maryland
1972-1977 Executive Director - The Medical and Psychiatric Study Center, Inc.,
1969-1971 Founding Partner - The Potomac Foundation for Mental Health - Medical Director,
1963-Present Private Practice of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Forensic Psychiatry - Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
1963-1968 Psychiatrist, Montgomery County Mental Health Center
1961-1963 U.S. Navy Medical Corps: Active duty as Psychiatrist
1961-1963 Staff Psychiatrist, St. Elizabeth's Hospital
Licensed: D.C. and Maryland
Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Fellow, American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
Member, American College of Psychiatrists
Legal Experience & Services
Dr. Crowley has often served as consultant, examiner, and expert witness for attorneys in most types of civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts, as well as in courts martial.
He has qualified as an expert in a number of jurisdictions, from Maryland and D.C. to California, from Michigan to Louisiana, Texas, and Florida, and enjoys traveling to meet the demands of suitable cases.
With his background of awards for his work in the Department of Defense, Dr. Crowley has served as civilian expert in military courts martial.
Washington Psychiatric Society:
Ethics Committee, Chair, 2008-10; Member, 1981-2019.
Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Chair, Manfred S. Guttmacher Award Board, APA, 1999-2002
Council on Psychiatry and Law, APA, 2002-2009
Isaac Ray Award Committee, APA, 2004-2010
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law:
Executive Council, 2007-2010
Committee on Peer Review of Psychiatry Testimony, 1995-2001
Other Professional Positions & Major Appointments:
Past President, Washington Psychiatric Society
Executive Council, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2007-2010
Academic & Administrative Appointments:
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Awards & Honors
Certificate of Appreciation for Contribution to the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brian Injury, presented 19 March 2010 by Loree K. Sutton, M.D., Brigadier General, Medical Corps, USA, Director DCoE
Outstanding Service Award, Washington Psychiatric Society, 1998, 1990, and 2011
American Psychiatric Association's Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, presented May 2003.
"Law and Psychiatry: Assessing Civil Competence," Journal of Psychiatric Practice, November 2006, Vol. 12, No. 6, pages 402-405
"Assessing Civil Competence: A Case Vignette," in American Academy of Psychiatry and Law Newsletter, September 2006, pages 14-15
"The Assessment of Danger in Everyday Practice" and "Measures to Take After Diagnosis of Violence or Danger" Psychiatric Times, June and July 2003
PTSD and Trauma (with USUHS Team)
“Aiming for Fame: The Assassination Attempt by Arthur Herman Bremer on Governor George Wallace in the 1972 Presidential Campaign. At “Forensic Psychiatry: Crimes of the Washington Metropolitan Area,” Washington Hospital Center, November 15, 2008
Presentation of Videotaped Testimony of Two Opposing Experts in Army Court Martial
--Dr. Crowley for the Defense; Dr. Grieger for the Prosecution
--Jury Verdict: Not Guilty.
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, Oct. 19, 2007--presentation of Peer Review Committee
"Comprehensive Psychiatry: Patients with Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms and PTSD," at American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, May 26, 2005, Symposium 92
"Dealing with the Media," in course titled "Establishing a Forensic Practice," American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, October 17, 2003
“The Future of Psychiatry” in “Practicing Psychiatry in 2003.” Symposium 7, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, May 19, 2003
"Dangerousness to Others: Assessment in Psychodynamic Practice." Paper presented to American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry at its Winter Meeting in San Antonio, December 7, 2002
Attorneys with whom Dr. Crowley has worked recently include:
Gary W. Brown, Fairfax, VA (703)934-1188
Christopher Burgess, CPT JAG U.S Army, Christopher.Burgess@us.army.mil
Judith Catterton, Rockville, MD (301)294-0460
William J. Crain, Covington, LA (985)892-4801
Steve Gibbins, Austin, TX 1-800-344-2441
Steven Hamilton, Chevy Chase, MD (301)652-7332
Alison D. Kohler, Towson, MD (410)823-8200
Armin U. Kuder, Washington, DC (202)331-7522
Gary J. Ogg, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 471-8500
Diana Savit, Bethesda, MD (301)951-9191
Wendy L. Shiff, Baltimore, MD (410)539-6633
William Vernon, CAPT JAG USAF, William.Vernon@tyndall.af.mil
Peter L. Wechsler, Miami, FL (305)789-2725
Daniel W. White, Alpena, MI (989)354-4106
College - Washington and Lee University
M.D., Yale University, School of Medicine
Education and Professional Training:
Washington and Lee University, 1950-53
Yale University School of Medicine, 1953-57; M.D., 1957
St Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington DC
Rotating Internship, 1957-58
Psychiatric Residency (3 years), 1958-61
Graduate, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, 1975
Articles Published by Brian Crowley, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.
The Psychiatrist in the Security Clearance Process
Psychiatrists are asked to participate in the security clearance process in either of two ways.Read Article
Law and Psychiatry: Assessing Civil Competence
Many people think psychiatric illness routinely renders patients incompetent to make important decisions about their lives. This month’s column, by Dr. Brian Crowley of Washington, DC, attacks that myth and discusses some situations in which clinicians must address their patients’ mental capacity. William H. Reid, MD, MPHRead Article