The University of Cincinnati Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum, drawing upon the assets of one of the strongest psychiatry departments in the Midwest and the firmly established forensic institutions of Cincinnati. Fellows gain experience with different forensic populations and preceptors at the following sites:
1. Summit Behavioral Healthcare - the largest freestanding ODMH psychiatric hospital in Ohio where the fellows provide evaluations of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and expert evaluations for guardianship. Fellows also conduct structured risk assessments with dedicated faculty. The fellows write reports to the court and testify about their findings.
2. Greater Cincinnati Behavioral - fellows evaluate and treat outpatients who are under criminal court jurisdiction such as parole, probation, or diversion. Fellows work with forensic assertive community treatment teams.
3. Hamilton County Probate Court - fellows serve as independent expert witnesses in probate court weekly, testifying in civil commitment and forced medication hearing.
4. UC Division of Forensic Psychiatry - in addition to coordinating fellows' education, our division is a clearinghouse for private practice civil and criminal forensic work. Fellows assist UC faculty on a wide variety of forensic consultations and evaluations.
5. Mock Trial and Case Presentation Videoconferences - held in conjunction with the Case Western and Ohio State Forensic fellowship, UC fellows engage in mock trials, both as witnesses and as cross examiners, and also present forensic cases for discussion and review.
There are also several elective experiences that may be tailored to the fellows’ interests. Recent examples include correctional care electives through jail and probation department services, consultation to courts and policy makers regarding forensic mental health programming, law enforcement ridealongs, additional child and adolescent opportunities, and research experiences.
Legal principles and landmark cases are taught in classroom sessions with faculty attorneys held at the UC College of Law. Weekly didactics with faculty, supervision sessions, grand rounds, conferences, and journal club are an integral part of the fellows` educational experience. A scholarly project is required.
The fellowship provides full funding for the fellows to attend the annual AAPL meeting and review course. The fellows also receive a $1,000/year discretionary educational fund.
Applicants are highly encouraged to apply to the 2023-2024 fellowship as early as possible. Interviews for the 2023-2024 academic year will begin in August 2022 in accordance with the ADFPF agreement and regulations.