Alan A. Stone, M.D.

Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry

Hauser 400

617-495-3124

Assistant: Teresa Cyr / 617-496-2392

Biography

Professor Stone is a graduate of Harvard University (1950) and Yale Medical School (1955).  He trained in adult and child psychiatry and is a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute (1966).  Professor Stone is the Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University.  He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and the Tanner Lecturer at Stanford University.  At Harvard, he has been a Fellow of the Interfaculty Mind Brain and Behavior Group.  He served on the Board of Trustees and as President of the American Psychiatric Association.  He continues to serve as a consultant to the A.P.A.’s Committee on Judicial Action, the focus of the Association’s participation in cases before the higher courts.  Professor Stone is the author of several books, many book chapters, and numerous articles.

Areas of Interest

Alan A. Stone, Movies and the Moral Adventure of Life (MIT Press 2007).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Arts & Entertainment Law
,
Law & Humanities
Type: Book
Abstract
For Alan Stone, a one-time Freudian analyst and former president of the American Psychiatric Society, movies are the great modern, democratic medium for exploring our individual and collective lives. They provide occasions for reflecting on what he calls “the moral adventure of life”: the choices people make--beyond the limits of their character and circumstances--in response to life’s challenges. The quality of these choices is, for him, the measure of a life well lived. In this collection of his film essays, Stone reads films as life texts. He is engaged more by their ideas than their visual presentation, more by their power to move us than by their commercial success. Stone writes about both art films and big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. And he commands an extraordinary range of historical, literary, cultural, and scientific reference that reflects his impressive personal history: professor of law and medicine, football player at Harvard in the late 1940s, director of medical training at McLean Hospital, and advisor to Attorney General Janet Reno on behavioral science. In the end, Stone’s enthusiasms run particularly to films that embrace the sheer complexity of life, and in doing so enlarge our sense of human possibilities: in Antonia’s Line, he sees an emotionally vivid picture of a world beyond patriarchy; in Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, the power of sheer contingency in human life; and in American Beauty, how beauty in ordinary experience draws us outside ourselves, and how beauty and justice are distinct goods, with no intrinsic connection. Other films discussed in these essays (written between 1993 and 2006 for Boston Review) include Un Coeur en Hiver, Schindler’s List, Pulp Fiction, Thirteen Days, the 1997 version of Lolita, The Battle of Algiers, The Passion of the Christ, Persuasion, and Water. Alan A. Stone is Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry at Harvard University and a former president of the American Psychiatric Society.
Alan A. Stone, John Seamon’s Memory & Movies: What Films Can Teach Us about Memory, Cerebrum (Feb. 24, 2016) (book review).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Law & Mind Sciences
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Law & Humanities
Type: Other
Abstract
From trauma to amnesia to senior moments, memory has been a major plot line in films since the 1942 classic, Random Harvest. John Seamon, an author and professor of psychology whose research includes how a camera aids memory and the impact of storytelling on memory, has shifted his lens to focus on how memory has been portrayed in one of the world's most beloved art forms.
Alan A. Stone, The Price of Vengeance: Settling the Cinematic Torture Debate, Bos. Rev. (Mar. 1, 2013)(reviewing Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty (2012)).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
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Government & Politics
Sub-Categories:
Arts & Entertainment Law
,
Military, War, & Peace
Type: Article
Alan A. Stone, Imagining Faith, Bos. Rev. (Sept. 1, 2011)(reviewing Terence Malik, The Tree of Life (2011)).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Arts & Entertainment Law
Type: Article
Alan A. Stone, Bin Laden: The Movie - The Director of The Hurt Locker Takes on the 9/11 Mastermind, Bos. Rev. (July 1, 2011)(reviewing Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker (2009)).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Government & Politics
Sub-Categories:
Arts & Entertainment Law
,
Military, War, & Peace
Type: Article
Alan A. Stone, Drowned Out: Julie Taymor's The Tempest, Bos. Rev. (Mar. 1, 2011)(reviewing Julie Taymor, The Tempest (2010)).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Arts & Entertainment Law
Type: Article
Alan S. Stone, The Ethical Boundaries of Forensic Psychiatry: A View from the Ivory Tower, 36 J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry & L. 167 (2008).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Law & Mind Sciences
Type: Article
Abstract
The author, a nonforensic psychiatrist, discusses problems with the ethical boundaries of forensic psychiatry. In purist terms, psychiatrists are immediately over the boundaries when they go into court because the content of psychiatry is confidential and not necessarily factual. There is the risk that the psychiatrist will twist the rules of justice and fairness to help the patient, or the equal risk that the patient will be deceived in order to serve justice and fairness. Since the adversarial system can both seduce and assault psychiatrists, there is the danger that individuals can prostitute the profession. In addition, there are no clear guidelines as to what is proper and ethical; such guidelines must take into account good clinical practice, standards of science, truth and honesty, and the adversarial standard. It is suggested that testimony in death penalty cases is unethical because of the basic ethical guideline that psychiatrists must do all they can to ease the suffering of patients. It is concluded that at the present time forensic psychiatrists are caught on the horns of an ethical dilemma.
Alan A. Stone & Duncan MacCourt, Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry: Re-Imagining the Wasteland after 25 Years, 36 J. Psychiatry & L. 617 (2008).
Categories:
Health Care
Sub-Categories:
Psychology & Psychiatry
Type: Article
Alan A. Stone, Forensic Ethics and Capital Punishment: Is There a Special Problem?, 13 J. Forensic Psychiatry 487 (2002).
Categories:
Legal Profession
,
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Criminal Law & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Capital Punishment
,
Sentencing & Punishment
,
Criminal Evidence
,
Law & Mind Sciences
,
Legal Ethics
Type: Article
Abstract
Editorial. Comments on the problematic nature of the relationship between forensic ethics and capital punishment. Ethical standards of psychiatrists who testify in court; Roles that forensic psychiatrists may play in capital punishment; Distinction between a psychiatrist's clinical/therapeutic and legal/testimonial roles.
Alan A. Stone, Supreme Court Decision Raises New Ethical Questions for Psychiatry, Psychiatric Times (Sept. 1, 2002).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Government & Politics
,
Legal Profession
,
Criminal Law & Procedure
,
Health Care
Sub-Categories:
Capital Punishment
,
Law & Mind Sciences
,
Supreme Court of the United States
,
Psychology & Psychiatry
,
Legal Ethics
Type: Other
Alan A. Stone, Psychiatrists on the Side of the Angels: The Falun Gong and Soviet Jewry, 30 J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry & L. 107 (2002).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
,
Health Care
,
Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Religious Rights
,
Law & Mind Sciences
,
Psychology & Psychiatry
,
Human Rights Law
,
East Asian Legal Studies
Type: Article
Alan A. Stone, Psychotherapy in the Managed Care Health Market, 7 J. Psychiatric Prac. 238 (2001).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Health Care
Sub-Categories:
Law & Mind Sciences
,
Health Law & Policy
,
Psychology & Psychiatry
Type: Article
Abstract
The author considers the future of psychotherapy in the managed care health market. He focuses on two interrelated questions. How can the efficacy of psychotherapy be scientifically demonstrated? Can psychotherapy meet the standards of cost-effectiveness set by health plans? He notes that efficacy is not enough in the managed care market, in which health plans also focus on the rational allocation of resources and economies of scale. The author then turns to the question of whether the doctor-patient relationship, which was central to American medicine throughout much of the 20th century, can survive in the current healthcare climate. He reviews the literature on the efficacy of psychotherapy and discusses the criteria for empirically validated treatments proposed by the American Psychological Association. He concludes that there is considerable support for the premise that the personal qualities of the individual therapist that contribute to the formation of the therapeutic alliance are at least as important, if not more important, than the specific method of psychotherapy used. The author concludes that medicine and psychiatry may be neglecting an important and uniquely curative element—the doctor-patient relationship, the human encounter that is the foundation of the art and science of medicine.
Alan A. Stone, William James, 1842-1910, 157 Am J. Psychiatry 1583 (2000).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Legal Profession
Sub-Categories:
Law & Mind Sciences
,
Biography & Tribute
Type: Article
Alan A. Stone, Psychiatry and the Law, in The New Harvard Guide to Psychiatry 798 (Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. ed., 1999).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Law & Mind Sciences
Type: Book
Alan A. Stone, Law, Psychiatry and Morality: Essays and Analysis (Am. Psychiatric Press 1984).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Legal Profession
,
Health Care
Sub-Categories:
Law & Mind Sciences
,
Psychology & Psychiatry
,
Health Law & Policy
,
Legal Ethics
Type: Book
The Abnormal Personality Through Literature (Alan A. Stone & Sue Smart Stone eds., Prentice-Hall 1966).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Law & Mind Sciences
,
Law & Humanities
Type: Book

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Hauser 400

617-495-3124

Assistant: Teresa Cyr / 617-496-2392