Elyn Saks

Expert on mental health issues and the law

Holder of Orrin B. Evans Professorship in Law and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Law
USC Gould School of Law


  • use of mechanical restraints in psychiatric hospitals
  • right to refuse treatment
  • competency to refuse treatment
  • multiple personality disorder and the insanity defense
  • mental health law
  • children and the law
  • ethical dimensions of psychiatric research
  • forensic psychiatry
  • criminal behavior
  • criminal law
  • mental health and civil law
  • mental health law and the criminal justice system

Additional Information

      Author of

Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law


Interpreting Interpretation: The Limits of Hermeneutic Psychoanalysis


Law, Ethics and Severe Mental Illness: Questioning Our Values


The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness



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