Dads on the Air Interview

She-Wolves and Parental Alienation

With special guests:

  • Elizabeth Willmott Harrop and
  • Professor William Bernet M.D.


​​The Recognition Of Parental Alienation

With Special guests:

  • Dr. Glenn Ross Caddy and
  • Prof. William Bernet, MD.

Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals (Behavioral Science and Law)

by Demosthenes Lorandos (Author, Editor), William Bernet  (Editor), S. Richard Sauber (Editor)

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online

Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11: Response to Critics
by William Bernet, MD and Amy J. L. Baker, PhD

William Bernet, M.D., a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. As an expert in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Bernet has testified in 15 states.

Dr. Bernet has written professionals articles and chapters on a variety of subjects, including: group and individual therapy with children and adolescents; humor in psychotherapy; forensic child psychiatry; child maltreatment; true and false allegations of abuse; satanic ritual abuse; reincarnation; child custody and visitation; parental alienation; testimony regarding behavioral genomics; and risk management.

In 2007, Dr. Bernet and Judge Don R. Ash published Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges. In 2010, Dr. Bernet published Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11.

In 2013, Demosthenes Lorandos, J.D.,Ph.D., William Bernet, M.D., and S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D. published The Handbook of Parental Alienation for Mental Health and Legal Professionals.


William Bernet's CV. Includes a list of his publications


Parental Alienation

Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology

This entry illustrates how parental alienation is accepted by a mainstream psychology publication.


​​Parental Alienation and the DSM-5

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr Bernet explains how parental alienation is represented in DSM-5, even though the actual words “parental alienation” are not in the book.

William Bernet, M.D.