The U.C. Davis Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship provides extensive training in both civil and criminal forensic psychiatry. The teaching staff consists of ten psychiatrists with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry, two forensic psychologists, two Sacramento County public defenders and one Sacramento County assistant district attorney.
The didactic courses include a Landmark Case Seminar, Forensic Case Seminar (Civil and Criminal cases), Forensic Topics Didactic Seminar, and a Forensic Research Seminar. Extensive supervision is provided in forensic report writing and testifying in legal settings. In addition, in depth training is provided on forensic tools to include assessment of malingering (M-FAST, SIMS, SIRS, TOMM), psychic damages (CAPS, TSI, TSCC, MMPI-2), psychopathy (PCL-R), violence risk (VRAG, HCR-20), sexual deviancy (Abel Assessment Screen, SORAG, Static-2002R, SVR-20, RRASOR, SAVRY), trial competency (GCCT, MACCAT-CA, CAI-R, ECSTR, CAST-MR), and waiver of Miranda rights (GSS, CMR, CMR-R, CMV, FRI).
The forensic residents receive their clinical training in a wide variety of forensic settings. These rotations include training with forensic units at Napa State Hospital, Sacramento County Jail, Sacramento County Superior Court Expert Witness Panel, Office of the Federal Defender, and consultations with private criminal and civil attorneys.
The forensic residents are assisted with developing a forensic research project or paper and participate in ongoing faculty research projects. Additionally, a specialized course on how to be a communicative and dynamic presenter is given.
Fringe benefits include provision of educational materials and a stipend for funding to the annual AAPL meeting and board review course. An extensive forensic library with accompanying videotapes is available. The forensic psychiatry resident is given a substantial reference library consisting of over 300 forensic landmark case related articles.
Applicants are highly encouraged to apply to the fellowship as early as possible, beginning January of the recruitment year. Applications are encouraged to be submitted no later than April 30th of the recruitment year.