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Civil Litigation

Employment Litigation

Sexual Harassment Torts

Title VII Litigation


Evaluating Claims of Psychiatric Damages

Author of Sexual Harassment: Psychiatric Assessment in Employment Litigation

Qualified as an Expert Witness in Hundreds of Cases by Experience, Qualifications and Credentials

IMEs, Review of Records, and Reports

Testimony at Deposition and Trial

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 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 on this and related civil litigation, retaliation, competency and psychiatric disability.

In addition to her forensic and clinical practices, Dr. Gold is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gold served on The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia. The Committee’s ground-breaking findings were published in “Sexual Harassment of Women:  Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine” (2018) www.nap.edu.

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

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).

Gold, L.H., Sexual Harassment: Psychiatric Assessment in Employment Litigation (2004)

Gold, L.H., Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace (2009).

Dr. Gold is an expert on suicide, particularly suicide and firearms.  Her book “Gun Violence and Mental Illness” has brought her to the forefront of the national debate on firearms. She is also the editor of the 3rd Edition of the American Psychiatric Publishing “Textbook of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management” (publication due 2018.)

Employment Litigation

Emotional Distress

It is Dr. Gold’s opinion that assessing psychiatric damages requires an open, skilled mind.


He Said, She Said

In the absence of physical evidence, a forensic psychiatrist of Dr. Gold’s experienced evaluation, can shed important light on state of mind, consistency and mental process.

Dr. Gold’s skill in assessment, qualifications, credentials and reputation meet high standards for an expert witness.


Malingering is difficult to assess, though Dr. Gold excels in this area.


Of interest, ABA white paper Update on Retaliation Claims, 2017 ABA Conference (Dr. Gold is not an author of this paper.)

The "But For" Rule

The difference between medical causation and legal causation.

Psychiatric Damages

This is often the heart of a Forensic Psychiatrist’s evaluation and conclusions.


The Psychiatric Expert Witness should have appropriate skills and experience.

An Expert Witness in Forensic Psychiatry is suited to shed light on sometimes confusing, or presumptive interpretation of litigated events.


Dr. Gold is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine.  She has taught Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry for almost 20 years.

For 30 years, she has been retained to educate Juries and Attorneys about relevant emotional distress and psychiatric damages.


Dr. Gold is at ease before a microphone, and not only during testimony.

Dr. Gold has been sought by broadcast news, print and radio to discuss mental health topics.

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Psychiatric Disability


Malpractice Litigation

Firearm and Gun Violence in Matters of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Suicide

The Role of the Forensic Psychiatrist in Litigation

An area of Dr. Gold’s particular interest in her speaking and writing is addressed to both attorneys and colleagues, on the role of the Psychiatrist Expert Witness in Litigation.

She has been an invited speaker to her professional peers in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry on this and other topics, including at annual conferences of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.