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Melissa Harbit, MD

Current Position
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Director of Forensic Psychiatry
Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Coursemater, Diseases of the Nervous System-Psychiatry for WUMS II Students

Education and Training
1989-1993 B.S. Psychology, The University
of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1993-1997 M.D. The University of Iowa College
of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

1997-2001 Resident in Psychiatry,
Washington University School of
Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St.
Louis, MO

2001-2002 Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry,
University of Rochester School of
Medicine, Rochester, NY

Major Awards
1989-1993 The University of Iowa College of
Liberal Arts Honors Program

1992 Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor
Society

2000-2001 Chief Resident in Psychiatry,
Washington University School of
Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St.
Louis, MO

2009 Excellence in Teaching Award
Washington University School of
Medicine Department of Psychiatry

2009 Best Doctors in America 2009-present

Areas of Clinical Interest
Forensic Psychiatry
Inpatient Psychiatry
Outpatient Psychiatry


Key Publications
Swallow M., Ciccone JR: Legal Digest. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 30(3): 447-456, 2002.

Swallow M., Yutzy, S.H., Dinwiddie, S.H., Forensic Issues. In Rubin, E.H., Zorumski, C.F. (Ed.) Washington University Adult Psychiatry, St. Louis, MO., Blackwell: 420-428, 2005

Dinwiddie, S.H., Swallow, M., Yutzy, S.H., Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Practice. In Rubin, E.H., Zorumski, C.F. (Ed.) Washington University Adult Psychiatry, St. Louis, MO., Blackwell: 429-537, 2005.

Newman WJ, Harbit MA (2010). Folie a deux and the courts. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 38(3): 369-75.  Full Article ->