The UCSF fellowship program in Psychiatry and the Law offers rigorous training in civil, criminal, clinical, and consultative forensic psychiatry. The core faculty includes three board certified psychiatrists including a forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist. Affiliated faculty members include a Board Certified (ABPP) neuropsychologist, another board certified forensic psychiatrist with expertise in the evaluation of sex offenders, psychiatrists with special expertise in correctional psychiatry and faculty of the UC Hastings School of Law. The Psychiatry and the Law Program is accredited by the ACGME.
Seminars include a Landmark Case Review and extensive didactics, case conferences, and a Forensic Research Seminar. Additionally, fellows attend courses relevant to forensic psychiatry at the UC Hastings School of Law.
Fellows participate in a wide variety of civil and criminal forensic evaluations with intensive faculty supervision. These include psychic injury, medical malpractice, psychological autopsy, family court issues, and juvenile and adult criminal court referrals. Fellows participate in clinical rotations at San Quentin Prison and the Veterans Hospital and clinics. Consultative experiences to health professionals, employers, and professional organizations exist as well. The program provides comprehensive supervision on forensic report writing and training in court testimony in both civil and criminal settings. There are elective opportunities, depending on the interests of the fellows.
During the fellowship year, fellows are expected to make a scholarly contribution by participating in a forensic research project or by undertaking a review of the legal and/or psychiatric literature. Fellows will receive direct research supervision from faculty members. Research interests of faculty include violence risk assessment, civil commitment, and criminalization of the mentally ill.