The Columbia-Cornell Residency in Psychiatry and the Law is a joint academic program which draws on the strengths of both universities. The program is based on an apprenticeship/tutorial model. Our residents get training in criminal forensic psychiatry by doing forensic evaluations and providing treatment (medications and psychotherapy) to patients in a state forensic psychiatry center and a maximum security women's prison. All activities are closely supervised by experienced forensic faculty. The residents get clinical experience in civil forensic psychiatry through individual supervision on current litigation. They take classes with law students at Columbia Law School. They work with psychiatrists on private forensic cases involving both children and adults. Residents are taught courtroom skills and have opportunities to testify. Residents are strongly encouraged to do forensic research. Clinical training is coupled with a strong didactic program. We draw on forensic psychiatrists, lawyers, psychoanalysts, and psychiatric researchers at Columbia and Cornell to provide a weekly seminar series on major topics in psychiatry and the law, with an emphasis on ethical issues and mental health policy.
Residents partcipate in activites sponsored by our Division of Psychiatry, Law and Ethics directed by Dr. Paul Appelbaum. They participate in the combined didactic program with trainees in the other three New York City programs. Stipend is dependent on level of past training.