Elspeth Cameron Ritchie


Dr. Ritchie's book

Forensic and Ethical Issues in Military Behavioral Health

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Forensic and Expert Witness Experience:

Dr. Ritchie has testified in numerous trials, for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and civilian courts, for both the defense and prosecution. Areas of testimony include suicide, competency, reactions to rape, PTSD, dissociative experiences, pathological gambling, child sexual abuse, delusional disorder, mother-infant bonding. Crimes include forgery, rape, homicide, child sexual abuse and AWOL/UA. Evaluated hundreds more cases. Conducted sanity boards on detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Evaluated correctional issues at Guantanamo Bay, Camp Bucca, and Abu Ghraib. Served as defense consultant in capital cases. Testified in "FD 12" probable cause cases in Wash DC. Work with the Public Defense Service in Maryland on cases involving veterans.

Forensic Psychiatrist

Consultation and expert witness testimony
Especial expertise
Military and veteran's issues
Sexual assault

Cultural Competency and Treatment
of Veteran and Military Patients With
Mental Health Disorders

COL (Ret) Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH

About 2.5 million U.S. service members have
served in conflicts since September 11, 2001.
Estimates of the numbers of service members
who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and
have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) range from
15% to 25%. 1-3

This special issue contains several excellent articles
about PTSD and comorbidities, including insomnia and
depression. Although there are service members who have
pure PTSD, in the experience of most clinicians, that is
the exception rather than the rule.2 For example, insomnia
may lead to patients' excessive drinking to try to sleep.
Numbing and avoidance from the excessive drinking leads
to relationship problems and often divorce. Relationship
problems are subsequently a key driver of suicide. 4,5


publication: forthcoming forensics






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