Psychiatrist Bandy Lee is a professor at Yale University — but it's her extracurricular activities that are currently making waves.
Lee recently put her name on a book questioning the mental fitness of President Donald Trump, explaining her reason for doing so in a Politico article co-authored by Leonard Glass — who also collaborated on the book:
Eight months ago, moved by what we were witnessing in the American president, we joined 25 other psychiatrists and mental health experts in putting our concerns into a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. We believed Trump’s mental state presented a danger to the public and felt we had a duty to warn them. We intended the book, which became a best-seller, as a service, putting the royalties into a fund for public good.
‘We are saying that Mr. Trump in the office of the presidency, is a danger to national and international security.’ — Professor Bandy Lee, one of 27 psychiatrists questioning Trump’s mental state pic.twitter.com/mF7yb2OjEP
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In December, Lee met with a small group of lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to advise them on the president's mental status:
It was with all of this in mind that Bandy, along with the psychiatrist James Gilligan, agreed to meet last month with a dozen members of Congress, all but one of them Democrats. (A former member had originally asked her to testify before all of Congress, but when this was delayed, a former assistant U.S. attorney arranged for her to meet with members individually.)
By meeting with lawmakers, she was abiding by the APA’s ethical guidelines, which precede the Goldwater rule and instruct psychiatrists “to serve society by advising and consulting with the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the government.” In these meetings, she discussed purely medical matters without partisan affiliation or investment in a certain political outcome, which is for lawmakers to decide.
Bandy and her co-authors were soundly criticized by others in their own profession for violating the American Psychiatric Association's ethics clause known as the Goldwater Rule:
APA’s formal response came in 1973 with the adoption of Section 7.3 in the Principles of Medical Ethics with Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry, which became known as the Goldwater Rule.
The rule applies to public figures and states: “[I]t is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”
But according to a report from Campus Reform, violations of the Goldwater Rule may be the least of Lee's problems: “Yale University psychology professor Bandy Lee has deleted her Twitter account amid mounting allegations that she is not licensed in her home state of Connecticut.”
In fact, Campus Reform tracked down Lee's licenses — the first being her “physician/surgeon” license, and the second, her “controlled substance registration for practitioner” license — and both have lapsed and are pending reinstatement.
Lee also at one point held a license to practice medicine in California, which expired in 2013.
Despite deleting her Twitter account, Lee did respond to requests for comment from Campus Reform: Lee said that “I need only one license,” though she has yet to elaborate on precisely which license that is, and, according to the state in which she resides, she allegedly has none.
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