Dr. Michael Welner’s name may not be a household name in most households, but his name is very well -known within the field of forensic psychiatry for his many contributions.


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Dr. Welner maintains a private practice in New York City-Manhattan, to be exact-and is also a clinical associate professor at New York University School of Medicine and adjunct professor of law at Duquesne University. He is the founder and chairman of The Forensic Panel, which is a national forensic science consultation practice that performs peer-reviewed assessments. He is board certified in psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, psycho-pharmacology, and disaster medicine. As if all that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he also spends a fair amount of time on research projects, most notably what is called the Depravity Scale Project. Dr. Welner actually funded this project himself, and it is aimed at establishing standards regarding fairness in sentencing criminals after trial. In addition, he has also been an expert consultant for nationally known cases by CNN’s “Larry King Live”, Court TV/In Session, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, and other well-known shows.

The Forensic Panel

The Forensic Panel was founded in 1998 by Dr. Welner after he saw a need within the forensic science community to provide reliable, unbiased, scientifically accurate forensic scientists as expert witnesses during trials. He also wanted to eliminate what he referred to as the “hired-gun” testimony, where expert witnesses are hired by either the prosecution or defense, and could potentially tailor their testimony according to the needs of whichever side they’re representing. The Panel also serves as a watchdog of sorts for the rest of the forensic profession, making sure other professionals are up to date on the latest scientific research and standards of practice within the field. There are currently thirty-five professionals on the Panel in the fields of neuroradiology, emergency medicine, behavioral sciences, toxicology and pathology.

All of this is really only the tip of the iceberg of what Dr. Welner has contributed to this profession, and he is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. While it’s not clear at the moment as to what projects he will pursue next, he has made it known that he has multiple new projects in the works and it will be interesting to see what those projects are.

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