Steven E. Pitt, DO, is a private practitioner in Scottsdale, Ariz., a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson and the president of Steven Pitt & Associates. Dr. Pitt also serves as a consultant to the Phoenix Police Department’s Homicide and Missing Persons Units.
Dr. Pitt’s opinions and expertise are frequently sought by the media. His comments have appeared in trade journals, local newspapers and national publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and USA Today. He also has appeared on CNN, Fox Network News, National Public Radio, Entertainment Tonight, the Discovery Channel, COURT-TV and the A&E network.
Dr. Pitt has testified and/or consulted in a number of jurisdictions throughout the United States participating in cases involving serial rape, sexual harassment, psychic harm, testamentary capacity, wrongful termination, murder for hire, psychiatric autopsy, impaired professionals, domestic homicide, psychiatric malpractice, workplace violence, school violence, employment discrimination, sexual homicide, stalking, spree murder, infanticide and mass murder. Dr. Pitt also consults to law enforcement agencies about interviewing strategies.
Dr. Pitt has been involved in several notable cases. For more than four years, he was a consultant to the Boulder District Attorney's Office and the Boulder Police Department in the homicide investigation of JonBenet Ramsey. He also served as an advisor to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office regarding the Columbine High School tragedy and was the director of the Columbine Psychiatric Autopsy Project. Dr. Pitt was a consulting expert to the Eagle County District Attorney’s Office in People v. Kobe Bean Bryant and was retained by the U.S. government in U.S. v. Alfonso Rodriquez, Jr. (abduction, rape and murder of University of North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin) and U.S. v. Iouri Mikhel (Russian immigrant charged with, and convicted of, abducting, holding for ransom and murdering five people). In 2006, Dr. Pitt was a member of the Phoenix Police Department’s “Baseline Killer” task force.
A graduate of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Dr. Pitt completed his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is also board certified in psychiatry with sub-specialty training and board certification in forensic psychiatry.
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