Apparently, the Yale University psychology professor who has been the leading charge of calling Trump ‘mentally unfit’ doesn’t actually have a valid license to practice psychiatry in her home state of Connecticut, reports The Daily Caller.
The professor, Bandy Lee, who has been making the headlines over the past few days when she diagnosed the president as suffering from a “mental impairment” that would disqualify him from being president.
Following these comments, the American Psychiatric Association released a statement on Tuesday warning members of its profession to refrain from making public diagnoses of large public figures, especially if they haven’t even physically met the person they are diagnosing.
“We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news appearances, books, or in social media,” wrote the APA, without mentioning Lee specifically. “Arm-chair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical.”
Lee and her colleague responded to the issue in a piece to Politico on Wednesday, saying that it is “perfectly OK to question the president’s mental state” because of their profession as “psychiatrists.”
But now, the so-called “psychiatrist” is facing scrutiny amid allegations that she is not licensed to practice psychology in Connecticut.
Campus Reform reports that state records indicate that Lee’s “physician/surgeon” license expired some three years ago — on May 31, 2015 — and that her application for reinstatement has been pending ever since. The publication was able to produce Lee’s license details to back up the claim.
In addition to her pending physician’s license, the professor’s “controlled substance registration for practitioner” license is also lapsed, having expired last February. In other words, Lee is not legally able to prescribe medication as a medical practitioner.
Lee responded to Campus Reform’s inquiries saying simply, “I only need one license.” She did not clarify what exact license she has or in which state she is registered in.
This claim of ‘mental impairment’ that has come from a journalist who has been proven to have print false information in his book about Trump’s white house, and now from a not even licensed psychiatrist, just makes it that much easier to discredit any kind of outlandish claim against Trump’s mental stability.