Dr. Mace Beckson

Mace Beckson, M.D., DFAPA is UCLA Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and an addiction psychiatrist at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He obtained his A.B. magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College before completing his training in psychiatry and behavioral neurology at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Beckson has specialized in medicolegal aspects of psychiatry and addiction medicine.


► Suicide
► Substance Abuse
► Drug Testing

Dr. Mace Beckson, MD - Specialties in Drug Testing

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Mace Beckson, MD - Publications and Presentations

► Fischer CA, Beckson M, Dietz P.  A case of factitious disorder in a patient claiming to be a sexually sadistic serial killer with homicidal ideation.  American Journal of Forensic Sciences, in press, 2017.

► Kim A, Beckson M, Jones AW, Berman AL.  Psychological autopsy and postmortem toxicology in forensic psychiatry.  In: Rosner R, Scott C, Eds.  Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, Third Edition.  New York: CRC Press, pp. 105-111, 2017.

► Scott C, Wagoner R, Beckson M. Personal injury litigation. In: Scott C, Ed. DSM-5 and the Law: Changes and Challenges. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 177-200, 2015.

View More


  • “The PICU was my first exposure to forensic psychiatry and incredibly important in my professional development. Thanks for being a great mentor over the years.”
  • “Excellence, not mere competence, is the hallmark of an APA Distinguished Fellow.”
    — American Psychiatric Association
  • “I did the PICU rotation twice as a PG1 and again as a PG2. It was the single most formative experience of my clinical training. Your mentorship then, and again as a colleague…remains the foundation of my approach to caring for seriously ill patients…”
  • “Dr. Beckson is a great teacher and clinician. He is so knowledgeable and his teaching is effective.”