Phillip J. Resnick, MD
Professor of Psychiatry Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry
Phillip J. Resnick, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry for Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine. Dr. Resnick earned his BA in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1959 and then moved on to earn his MD from CWRU School of Medicine in 1963. He joined the staff at Case Western Reserve University in 1969.
Phillip Resnick, MD is also an adjunct professor at the Case School of Law. He is an expert on filicide, which is the act of killing one's own child. He has served as a consultant on many high-profile cases involving mothers accused of murdering their children. He evaluated Susan Smith for the defense. Susan Smith, was a South Carolina woman who killed her two boys. Dr. Resnick also testified in the Andrea Yates case, which involved a Texas woman who drowned her five children in the family bathtub on June 20, 2001. The objectives of the Forensic Psychiatric Clinic are to provide psychiatric legal evaluation and training in law and psychiatry. Referral sources include private attorneys, judges, Legal Aid Society, and the C.W.R.U. Legal Clinic. Dr. Resnick directs the Forensic Psychiatric Clinic staff.
Dr. Resnick has served as President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters. Dr. Resnick was inducted into the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame in 2004 and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Apple Award for significant contributions to forensic psychiatry from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, in 2002.