About Austin Blum, MD, JD

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Medical Licensure

  • California Medical License (180054)
  • Illinois Medical License (036158500)

Board Certification

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Current)

Forensic Experience

  • Conducted over 30 forensic psychiatric evaluations and consultations in multiple practice settings
  • Testified as an expert witness in civil litigation and criminal cases in California Superior Court in Northern and Southern California
  • 18-month geriatric forensic psychiatry rotation at the University of Chicago with Sanford Finkel, MD (testamentary capacity and undue influence cases)
  • Specialization in impulsive/compulsive behavior and sexual disorders

Professional Experience

  • Psychiatrist, Napa State Hospital, California Department of State Hospitals, Napa, CA (2023−present)

Medical Training

  • Fellowship: Forensic Psychiatry, University of California, Davis Medical Center (2022−2023)
  • Residency: Psychiatry, University of Chicago Medicine (2018−2022)


  • Medical School: M.D., The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2014−2018)
  • Law School: J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School (2009−2012)
  • College: B.A. (History), summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University (2005−2009)

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized with the Rappeport Fellowship from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law; the APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship; National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outstanding Resident Award, Honorable Mention; and others.


  • Multiple presentations and workshops conducted on subjects including the intersection of epilepsy and criminal responsibility, the neurological and psychological underpinnings of blame and punishment, and the understanding and management of compulsive sexual behavior.

Research and Publications

Professional & Service Activities

  • Committee Membership: Committee on Forensic Neuropsychiatry, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2021−present)
  • Institutional Service: Scholarship & Discovery (S&D) Student Ambassador, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2017-2018); Independent Review Committee (IRC) for the University of Chicago Police Department, Student member (2014-2015)
  • Editorial Activities: American Psychiatric Association (APA) Publishing Editorial Board (Books Division), Associate Editor (2021−2023)

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