Larry V. Amsel, MD

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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Research

1.Treatment of PTSD and other sequelae of trauma

2. Effective dissemination of evidence based treatments in psychiatry

3. Application of Game Theory and Decision Theory in psychiatry including formal mathematical modeling

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Economics and Psychiatry
  • Decision Deficits in Anxiety Disorders
  • Decision Deficit Epidemiology

Selected Publications

Selected Reference List

Publications Related to Mathematical Modeling in Psychiatry

  1. Amsel L, Mann JJ. Suicide risk assessment and the suicide process approach. in Kees van Heeringen (Editor) Understanding Suicide Behavior: The Suicide Process Approach to Research, Treatment And Prevention. 2001.
  2. Amsel, L., and Pipel, A. Using Decision Theory and Game Theory to Model Suicidal Behavior. Society for Medical Decision Making, 23rd Annual Meeting, 2001
    First Psychiatric Decision Theory / Game Theory Model of Suicide
  3. Amsel L, Pipel A. A Game Theory Model of Suicide Behavior. APA Abstract. 2002.
  4. Amsel L. Symposium Director: Symposium on Application of Decision Theory and Game Theory to Psychiatry. Paper presented at: APA Annual Meeting 2003, 2003.
    First APA Symposium on Mathematical Psychiatry
    First Model Proposing that Decisional Anomalies are Central to Psychiatric Disorders
  5. Galanter, C.A., Amsel, L., Pappadopulus, E., Gollwitzer, P., Oettingen, G., and Jensen, P. A Pilot Intervention to Change Physician Behavior. APA Abstract. NR120, 2004,
  6. Amsel L, Pipel A, Marshall R. A Game Theory Model of Suicide Behavior. Paper presented at: 12th International Conference on the Foundations and Applications of Utility, Risk, and Decision Theory, 2006; Rome, Italy.
  7. Marshall RD, Bryant RA, Amsel L, Suh EJ, Cook JM, Neria Y. The psychology of ongoing threat: relative risk appraisal, the September 11 attacks, and terrorism-related fears. American Psychologist. 2007;62(4):304.
    First Psychiatric Decision Theory Approach to PTSD
  8. Amsel L, Pipel A. Towards a Mathematical Psychiatry – Game Theory Modeling of OCD. Paper presented at: Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Annual Meeting, 2008; Chicago, IL.
    First Psychiatric Decision Theory / Game Theory Model of OCD
  9. Amsel L. Towards a Mathematical Psychiatry: Neuroeconomics and Game Theory Models of OCD. Paper presented at: Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 30th Annual Conference, 2010; Baltimore, MD.
  10. Amsel L ““Towards a Mathematical   Psychiatry: Rational Modeling of Obsessive Compulsive Repetition (OCR) with Decision and Game theory.” Society for Neuroeconomics, 8th Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL: 2010
  11. Amsel L “Toward a Mathematical Psychiatry: The Starvation Equation. “Society for Neuroeconomics, 9th Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL: 2011
    First Psychiatric Decision Theory / Game Theory Model of Anorexia – predicted Delay Discounting anomaly
  12. Pipel, A., and Amsel, L. What is wrong with rational suicide. Philosophia 2011, 39(1):111-123.
    First Philosophical Decision Theory Based Discussion of Suicide Ethics
  13. Jensen PS, Goldman E, Offord D, Costello EJ, Friedman R, Huff B, Crowe M, Amsel L, Bennett K, Bird H. Overlooked and underserved: “Action signs” for identifying children with unmet mental health needs. Pediatrics. 2011;128(5):970-979.
  14. Amsel LV, Hunter N, Kim S, Fodor KE, Markowitz JC. Does a study focused on trauma encourage patients with psychotic symptoms to seek treatment? Psychiatric services. 2012.
  15. Amsel L. Towards a Mathematical Psychiatry – Comparing Three Computational Models of OCD: Bayesian, Markovian, and Game Theoretic. Paper presented at: Computational Psychiatry conference, 2013; Miami, FL.
    First Markov Based Model of OCD
  16. Amsel L. Towards a Psychiatric Game Theory:  Self Signaling Models of Functional Psychopathologies. The 25th international Conference on Game Theory. Stony Brook, NY; 2014.
    First Psychiatric Self Signaling Game Theory Model of OCD – First Psychiatric Presentation at Major Game Conference
  17. Amsel, L., Harbo, S., Halberstam, A., (2014).  There is nothing to fear but the amygdala: Applying advances in the neuropsychiatry of fear to public policy. Mind and Society,
  18. He X, Geronazzo-Alman L, Lee S, Amsel L, Wang Z, Musa G, Duarte CS, Doan T, Hirsch J, Hoven C. White matter abnormalities in Adolescents with a Familial History of Substance Use Disorders. Paper presented at: The 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping; Jun. 14-18, 2015; Hawaii, USA
  19. Qiao J, Wang Z, Geronazzo-Alman L, Amsel L, Duarte C, et al. Brain activity classifies adolescents with and without a familial history of substance use disorders. Frontiers in human neuroscience. 2015; 9:219.
  20. Amsel L. The Evolution of Mathematical Psychiatry: Implications for Bridging DSM-5 and Research Domain Criterias (RDoCs) Using Behavioral Game Theory. Paper presented at: American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting Symposium, 2015; Toronto, Canada.
  21. .Amsel L. Symposium Director: The Evolution of Mathematical Psychiatry: Implications for Bridging DSM-5 and Research Domain Criterias (RDoCs) Using Behavioral Game Theory. Paper presented at: American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting Symposium, 2015; Toronto, Canada.
  22. Amsel LV, Griffith EY. Cross-Temporal Continuity of Identity: An OCD Informed Model. Paper presented at: 2015 Society for Philosophy and Psychology at Duke University, 2015; Durham, NC
  23. Amsel  L,  Griffith  EY Using Decision Theory and Game Theory to Model Complicated Grief. Poster presented at Computational Psychiatry and Neurology - Reprogramming the Brain to Health - 2016 Research Symposium (Center for BrainHealth) 2016 Amsel, L. & Mann, J.J. (2000). The neurobiology of suicide. Chapter in The Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Oxford University Press.
    First Psychiatric Decision Theory / Game Theory Model of Complicated Grief

Publications NOT related to Mathematical Models

  1. Amsel, L., Placidi, G., Hendin, H., O’Neill, M. & Mann, J.J. (2001). An evidence based educational intervention to improve evaluation and preventive services for officers at risk for suicidal behaviors. In Donald C. Sheehan (Editor) Suicide and Law Enforcement.  Department of Justice Department of Justice.
  2. Amsel, L. & Mann, J.J. (2001). Suicide risk assessment and the suicide process approach. Chapter in Kees van Heeringen (Editor). Understanding Suicide Behavior: The Suicide Process Approach to Research and Treatment.
  3. Amsel, L. & Mann, J.J. (2001). The neurobiology of suicide. Chapter in The Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Oxford University Press.
  4. Amsel, L. & Marshall, R. (2003). The clinical management of sub-syndromal psychological sequelae of the 9/11 terror attacks. In Coates, S.W., Rosenthal, J. and Schechter, D.S. (Eds.) September 11: Trauma and Human Bonds, The Analytic Press. Hillsdale, NJ.
  5. Galanter, C.A., Amsel, L., Pappadopulus, E., Gollwitzer, P., Oettingen, G., Jensen, P. (2004). A pilot intervention to change physician behavior. American Psychiatric Association, Abstract. NR120, 2004, p.45.
  6. Mann, J.J., Currier, D., Stanley, B., Oquendo, M.A., Amsel, L.V. & Ellis, S.P. (2005). Can biological tests assist prediction of suicide in mood disorders? International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 9(4), 465-474. PMID: 15967058
  7. Amsel, L., Suh, E. J., Marshall, R. & Neria, Y. (2006). Training therapists to practice evidence-based psychotherapy after 9/11. In Yuval Neria, Raz Gross, Randall Marshall & Ezra Susser (Eds.). 9/11: Mental Health in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge UK. 
  8. Pipel, A., and Amsel, L. What is wrong with rational suicide. Philosophia 2011, 39(1):111-123.
  9. Amsel, L.V., Hunter, N., Kim, S., Fodor, K.E., and Markowitz, J.C. Does a study focused on trauma encourage patients with psychotic symptoms to seek treatment? Psychiatric Serv. 2012,      63(4):386-389.
  10. Amsel, L., Harbo, S., Halberstam, A., (2014). There is nothing to fear but the amygdala: applying advances in the neuropsychiatry of fear to public policy. Mind and Society, doi: 10.1007/s11299-014-0149-5
  11. Contributor DSM-5 Self-Exam Questions: Test Questions for the Diagnostic Criteria Edited by Muskin PR.  American Psychiatric Publishing 2014
  12. Contributor: Study Guide to the American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders - 2nd edition Edited by Muskin PR. American Psychiatric Publishing 2015