Liza H. Gold, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist


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Liza H. Gold, M.D. is a Board-Certified Forensic and Clinical Psychiatrist in practice for 30 years.  She has provided her forensic and expert witness opinion in hundreds of cases, including cases resulting in precedent-setting decisions.

Dr. Gold is nationally recognized as an expert about Sexual Harassment and psychiatric damages alleged in employment litigation and has rendered her forensic opinion for plaintiff and defense in dozens of cases.

Dr. Gold is sought for her reputation for fact-based and informative mastery of her field, presented with her trademark skill as an educator: delivering complex information in an accessible and professional manner.

Most recently, Dr. Gold’s books and presentations in the media and speaking engagements on the topic of Mental Illness and Gun Violence have brought her to the forefront of the national debate on firearm suicide and violence. Dr. Gold considers educating the public about the realities of mental illness in any gun violence discussion a professional obligation.

Dr. Gold served on The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (2017-2018). This Committee conducted a literature review and study on “Sexual Harassment in the Scientific and Technical Workforce.” Their findings were published by the National Academies Press Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, June 2018. National Academies Press, 2018. (Available at

Dr. Gold has served as a media consultant in forensic psychiatry for ABC, CNN, PBS, NPR, USA Today, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

In addition to her forensic work, Dr. Gold is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is in private practice in Arlington, VA and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Gold teaches nationally on topics of forensic psychiatry.

Dr. Gold has edited and authored award-winning books in forensic psychiatry as well as many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She was recognized by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law with the Seymour Halleck Award for distinguished contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry (2011). She has also twice won the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law’s Manfred Guttmacher Award, first in 2006 for her book, Sexual Harassment: Psychiatric Assessment in Employment Litigation (2004) and again in 2011 for Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace (2009).

Dr. Gold is editor and contributing author of Gun Violence and Mental Illness (2016) and the third edition of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry (in press).

Dr. Gold maintains active licenses in

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • New Jersey

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