Joseph R. Simpson, MD, PhD received his undergraduate degree in biology magna cum laude from Harvard University. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. His thesis work focused on neuroimaging in mood disorders and the functional neuroimaging of cognition-emotion interactions..
After completing his adult psychiatry residency at the University of California Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute/West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, he completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is board-certified in
psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in neuroimaging and in forensic psychiatry. Most recently he edited the book Neuroimaging in Forensic Psychiatry: From the Clinic to the Courtroom, published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2012.
Dr. Simpson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine. He is currently a Councilor for the Southern California Psychiatric Society, a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, and is also an active member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.