How to Apply

To be eligible for entry into the forensic residency training program, the applicant must have completed a four-year ACGME accredited training program in general psychiatry or an approved program that combines general and child and adolescent psychiatry. The application process requires the following:

  • A completed application
  • A personal statement of one to two pages in length
  • Four letters of recommendation. One of these letters should be from the Dean of Student Affairs of your medical school, one from your current training director and two from psychiatrists familiar with your work who should comment on past performance and professional integrity.
  • A copy of your medical school transcript and diploma
  • Two general writing samples. These writing samples may include forensic reports or evaluations, authored articles, papers, or patient evaluations/discharge summaries.
  • A copy of your current medical license
  • A curriculum vitae

Applications are being accepted now for the 2019-2020 fellowship year.

Please contact David Spagnolo, Forensic Psychiatry Program Manager, directly at (916) 734-0870 or via e-mail at if you have any questions regarding the application process.  If you wish to speak with one of the current forensic psychiatry fellows about their experience in the program, please arrange to do so through Mr. Spagnolo.

All application materials should be submitted via e-mail to Hillary Brown, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Coordinator, at

Those applicants selected for the program must have a valid California medical license prior to beginning training.

Charles L. Scott, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Office: (916) 734-7471
Fax: (916) 703-5261