Medical Board Certification and Membership

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1991)
Forensic Psychiatry, Subspecialty Certification (1999)


Member, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Forensic Psychiatry Certification Examination Committee, 2008 – 2025


Medical Licensure

District of Columbia 
Commonwealth of Virginia 
New Jersey
New York 



District of Columbia Superior Court Commission on Mental Health, 2017 – present


Commission on Mental Health
Superior Court of the District of Columbia


Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Office of Forensic Services
Forensic Oversight System


Academic Appointments

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Georgetown University School of Medicine



Boston University Psychiatry Residency Training Program, 1986 – 1990

New York University School of Medicine, M.D., 1986

University of Cambridge, Master of Philosophy in the History of Medicine, 1983

Harvard/Radcliffe College, magna cum laude, B.A., 1981


Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)


  • President-Elect, 2019-2020 [President, 2020-2021]
  • Vice President, 2017-2018
  • Vice President, 2011-2012
  • Board of Governance Councilor, 2006-2009


  • Chair, Task Force on Committee Reform, 2018-2019
  • Co-Chair, Education Committee, 2018-2021
  • Program Chair, 2006 Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL), 2005-2006
  • Chair, Task Force on the Development of Disability Evaluations Guidelines, 2005- 2007

AAPL Institute for Research and Education

  • Chair, Education Committee 2018 – 2021
  • Board Member, 2015-2021

AAPL Representative, American Medical Association Conference on AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 2018

President, Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2004-2008

American Psychiatric Association

Distinguished Fellow, 2006


  • Isaac Ray Award Committee, 2015-2018
  • Committee of Tellers, 2003-2006


  • Isaac Ray Award Committee, 2010-2013; 2015 – 2018
  • Council on Psychiatry and Law, 2007-2010; corresponding member 2015-2018
  • Committee on Judicial Action, 2002-2006; consultant 2015-2018
  • Council on Psychiatry and Law Firearms Workgroup, 2013-2014
  • Committee of Tellers, 2002-2008
  • Corresponding Committee on History and Library, 2002-2008

AAPL Representative: American Bar Association, “Moving From Crisis to Action: A
Public Health Approach to Reducing to Gun Violence,” Mother Emanuel A.M.E.
Church, Charleston, SC, December 4, 2015

APA Resource Documents

  • Kapoor R, Benedek E, Bonnie RJ, Gandhi T, Gold LH, Judd S, Pinals DA: Risk-Based Firearm Removal Laws, 2018
  • Pinals DA, Appelbaum PS, Bonnie R, Fisher C, Gold LH, Lee L: Access to Firearms by People with Mental Disorders, 2014

Experience Summary

Private Practice, Clinical and Forensic Psychiatry, Arlington, VA

District of Columbia Superior Court, Mental Health Commission, 2017

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Forensic Evaluation Oversight Panel, 2019

St. Elizabeths Hospital, Consultant, John Howard Pavilion, 2008 – 2009

Court Appointed Evaluations 

  • Arlington County District and Circuit Courts, 2008- present
  • Fairfax County District and Circuit Courts, 2010 – present