A history of subspecialization in forensic psychiatry.
S. E. Prentice,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
23(2): 195-203, 1995.
Forensic psychiatry became officially recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of
Medical Specialties on September 17, 1992, under the designation of "Added Qualification in
Forensic Psychiatry." The historical roots wind through extended time in the complicated interplay
of psychiatry and the law. A recognized need for special education, training, and experience, with
the assurance of competence, became clearly defined in the mid-20th century. This was brought into
perspective in a joint effort by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American
Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. At the present time there are 38 fellowship programs with
approximately 50 positions available. Within a short time (two to three years), fellowship experience
will be a requirement to sit for the examination.