Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to formally supervise and teach students, residents, and fellows in psychiatry, law, and ethics in courses, on rounds, and in clinical and career supervision.  I served as Assistant and then Associate Training Director of the Harvard/ Massachusetts General Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship from 2006-2010, where I directed the core course sequences for clinical and post-doctoral fellows at the Law and Psychiatry Service. 

Since 2014, I have served as the Director of the Master of Bioethics Degree Program at Harvard Medical School, where I developed, gained approval for, and implemented a novel one-year, 36-credit Master of Bioethics Degree, which is now entering its sixth year, has more than 130 graduates, and presently has 60 part and full-time students in residence for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This program is the first of its kind to combine classroom learning with a year-long capstone experience in the work of bioethics.  

I continue to teach at the intersection of psychiatry, medicine, law, and ethics as a core part of my career.  


Teaching and learning are central to my career. I regularly speak locally, nationally, and internationally on psychiatry, law, and ethics.  I particularly welcome the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to engage clinically and ethically challenging topics including end-of-life care, decisional capacity, and the contours of voluntary and involuntary treatment.  I have also published more than 60 articles, commentaries, and book chapters on a variety of topics including psychiatry, medicine, ethics, law, and human rights. I am particularly proud of the collaborative work our APA Ethics Committee has produced to educate and support APA members in real time, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Rebecca Brendel - CV

Rebecca Brendel - Executive CV


Rebecca Brendel MD, JD, DFAPA


VOTE January 4, 2021 to February 1, 2021

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