Lee E Wachtel, MD Expert Witness


Contact this Expert Witness

  • Company: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Phone: 443-743-9276
  • Cell: 443-743-9276

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Pediatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry

Keywords/Search Terms:

autism, intellectual disability, aggression, self-injurious behavior, challenging behaviors, psychopharmacology, behavioral interventions, catatonia, electroconvulsive therapy, restraint and seclusion, residential treatment


AB, Princeton University; MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

I have worked for the past 17 years managing an inpatient hospital unit dedicated to the care of children, adolescents and young adults with autism and other forms of neurodevelopmental disability who present with comorbid psychiatric and behavioral pathology. I have extensive experience in the psychopharmacological and behavioral management of such youth, as well as the myriad complementary interventions and services they may require. I am very familiar with the standard of care for such individuals in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including usage of restraint and seclusion, as well as issues related to school and residential placements. I have additional expertise in pediatric catatonia, and the usage of electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of childhood mood, psychotic and catatonic disorders. I have provided expert witness services over the past 8 years in a variety of cases involving best clinical and educational practices, psychopharmacology, restraint and seclusion and ECT.