The OHSU Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship provides robust educational experiences in criminal and civil forensic psychiatry as well as correctional psychiatry. The program features rotations at Oregon State Hospital, the Washington County Jail, the Multnomah County Detention Center, two different mental health courts, two different private practitioners’ offices, and telepsychiatry services for the Oregon Department of Corrections. Fellows perform forensic evaluations, provide correctional mental health care, and consult with mental health courts. Diversity, equity, and inclusion topics are an integral part of the fellowship experience as is development of a deeper understanding of the relationship between government policy and social influences on people in the public psychiatry system, including those within the criminal justice system and the civil commitment system.
The fellows’ didactic seminar series includes training in criminal and civil forensic psychiatry as well as seminars devoted to an introduction to law and the legal process, landmark cases in mental health law, and special issues in forensic psychiatry. The teaching faculty includes 22 forensic psychiatrists, 3 other psychiatrists, 10 JDs (including two judges), 7 psychologists, and one MD/JD.
Fellows are participants in the Psychiatry Department's resident teaching program. Research opportunities are available and encouraged either through participation in ongoing Department work or development of an independent project with faculty supervision. An academic activity is expected as part of the fellowship, which may be research or a different activity. Fellows have opportunities for publication mentorship with experienced faculty.