This fellowship, launched in 2013, is designed to provide a well-rounded training experience for fellows from an academic and clinical perspective. Fellows have a broad array of clinical experiences in criminal and civil matters involving juveniles and adults. A key strength of the program is a diverse faculty with extensive teaching, clinical, and research backgrounds. There are eight forensic psychiatrist faculty members, five of whom are also board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. Additionally, fellows interface with affiliated forensic psychologists, attorneys and judges. Rotation sites include a forensic psychiatry evaluation clinic, juvenile detention facility, adult correctional institute, and a state hospital forensic mental health unit.
Additional educational experiences include auditing a one semester Mental Health Law course at the Roger Williams School of Law and gaining experience and competency in the administration of psychometric tests commonly used in forensic psychiatry (e.g, for the assessment of cognition, malingering, personality). Fringe benefits include a $2000 stipend for travel to the AAPL Forensic Psychiatry Review Course/Annual Meeting and a $500 book allowance. Rhode Island, the “Ocean State,” is situated in a culturally rich area, between New York and Boston, and offers easy access to a variety of summer and winter activities.