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David Mays, MD, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor

University of Wisconsin


David Mays, M.D., Ph.D., is a licensed physician in the state of Wisconsin and author of the Major Mental Illnesses Pocket Guides series (Premier Publishing and Media, 2012). He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has Additional Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with dual appointments in the departments of the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies. Dr. Mays is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the law.

Over the last 23 years, Dr. Mays has practiced psychiatry in a variety of settings, including an HMO, an assertive community treatment program, private clinical and forensic practice, and as the clinical director of the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health institute. This forensic program is a 180-bed program, with the only maximum security forensic unit in the state of Wisconsin. He is a highly sought after presenter on numerous topics in mental health, including psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, personality disorders, suicide and aggression risk management, mainstream and alternative treatments in psychiatry, and the biology of ethics.