Offers forensic elective for residents. Contact program director for details.
The UCLA forensic psychiatry fellowship program emphasizes educational value over service and will prepare fellows not only for forensic practice but also to become leaders in academic and organizational forensic psychiatry. Fellows are expected to do research with a faculty member that will result in a publishable paper or submission to a national professional meeting. They will attend the AAPL annual meeting and review course paid for by the fellowship and will be encouraged to attend other professional meetings where they either are presenting or play a role in the organization. UCLA has unusual breadth to our high quality faculty many of whom have national and international reputations and have been involved in high profile cases. There will be an emphasis on learning how to do strong forensic assessments, reports, and testimony. There will be seminars on all aspects of forensic psychiatry including one with a special focus on resolving ethics dilemmas. Fellows will have the opportunity to work under the supervision of private forensic practitioners on cases, a majority of which being civil cases. They will also work on Los Angeles County forensic cases and participate in court panels. Forensic fellows will have unique opportunities to work at UCLA Law School. Additionally, a component of the curriculum will involve work with veterans and their forensic issues including evaluations for service connected disabilities, disruptive behavior, PTSD, dangerousness issues, and consultation to veterans courts. There will be a balanced exposure to both civil and criminal forensic psychiatry as well as the legal regulation of psychiatry.