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Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Roger K. Pitman, M.D.

Roger K. Pitman, M.D.

71 Stewart St.
West Newbury, Massachusetts 01985-1912

Phone(617) 721-9147

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Dr. Pitman is one of few experts to be board-certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Brain Injury Medicine. A Professor at Harvard Medical School (13 yrs full-time, now 7 years part-time), he is an internationally recognized researcher, teacher, clinician, and forensic expert. He has 52 years' experience practicing psychiatry, including 2 years active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve, 28 years in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and 22 years at Massachusetts General Hospita in Boston, MAl. He has nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications in the psychiatry and clinical psychology literature, mostly on PTSD, including 8 on its forensic aspects. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). He has been listed in America's Top Doctors and Top Psychiatrists. He has received the ISTSS' awards for Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award and its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Pitman offers forensic psychiatric consultation and expert testimony specializing in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental damages, and Traumatic Brain Injury. He 36 has years' experience as a forensic psychiatric consultant and expert witness. He has rendered sworn expert testimony in approximately 70 cases. The comprehensive reports he typically generates have promoted the settlement of hundreds more.

If your case. calls for an expert with the highest credentials, consider Dr. Pitman.


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Areas of Expertise


Available on request:

• Brief Forensic Psychiatric Curriculum Vitae
• Academic Curriculum Vitae
• Record of trial and deposition testimony
• Fee schedule
• Ethical guidelines

Areas Served

All States

Professional Experience

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Legal Experience & Services

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Certified in Psychiatry (1975-) with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry (1994-) and Brain Injury Medicine (2020-), American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
America's Top Psychiatrists
America's Top Doctors
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Outstanding Scientific Achievement and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Alpha Omega Alpha
Sigma Xi

Seminars & Training

Dr. Pitman has presented seminars on forensic aspects of PTSD to the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and other organizations.


283 peer-reviewed publications in the psychiatric and clinical psychology literature.

Forensic Psychiatry Publications:
Sparr LF, Pitman RK. PTSD and the Law. In Friedman MJ, Keane TM, Resick PA (Eds.) PTSD: Science and Practice: A Comprehensive Handbook, New York: Guilford Press, 2007.

Pitman RK, Orr SP. Forensic laboratory testing for post-traumatic stress disorder. In Simon RI (Ed.) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Litigation: Guidelines for Forensic Assessment, 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 2003:207-223.

Sparr LF, Pitman RK. Forensic assessment of traumatized adults. In Saigh PA, Bremner JD (Eds.) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Comprehensive Text. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1999:284-308.

Pitman RK, Sparr LF. Post-traumatic stress disorder and the law. PTSD Research Quarterly 1998;9(2):1-6.

Pitman RK, Sparr LF, Saunders LS, McFarlane. Legal issues in post-traumatic stress disorder. In van der Kolk BA et al (Eds.) Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and the Society. New York: Guilford Press, 1996:378-397.

Pitman RK, Saunders LS, Orr SP. Psychophysiologic testing for PTSD. Trial 1994; 30:22-26.

Pitman RK, Orr SP. Psychophysiologic testing for post-traumatic stress disorder: Forensic psychiatric application. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 1993; 21:37-52.

Professional References

Provided upon request


1965 A.B. cum laude, Amherst College
1969 M.D. cum laude, University of Vermont College of Medicine
1969-1970 Medical Intern, Boston University Medical Service, Boston City Hospital
1970-1973 Resident in Psychiatry, Boston VA Hospital-Tufts New England Medical Center Collaborative Program
1985 Research Fellow in Behavioral Neurology, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School

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