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Dr. Abilash Gopal M.D. is a psychiatrist and author based in San Francisco. He received his BA from Princeton and MD from Tufts. During medical school, he was selected for the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at Harvard and spent a year conducting neuroscience and brain-computer interface research. He then completed his residency at UCSF Department of Psychiatry, where he was Chief Resident.

Throughout his training, Dr. Gopal collaborated with the co-director of Harvard’s forensic psychiatry program. He currently serves as a corresponding member of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School. He received further forensics training with a fellowship at the UCSF Program in Psychiatry and the Law and has been recognized for his achievement in the field with both the prestigious Rappeport Fellowship and the Resnick Scholarship. He provides expert testimony on cases involving aid-in-dying, informed consent and malpractice, sex offenders, professional and organizational ethics, and criminal justice. He also frequently consults with media outlets and gives lectures around the world on topics in general and forensic psychiatry.

Dr. Gopal maintains a private practice in San Francisco and Los Angeles with psychotherapy at the core of his work. He also works in the inpatient hospital setting treating adolescents. When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Gopal writes. He has published numerous academic articles and books in psychiatry, and he is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and a blog that he shares with his wife. His opinion pieces on helicopter parenting and how a good psychiatrist is hard to find have been widely circulated and cited in both books and online articles. He is currently working on a memoir set to be released in 2019.

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