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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Forensic Psychiatry Faculty

The forensic psychiatry faculty consists of six full-time psychiatrists who are board certified in forensic psychiatry and one full-time forensic psychologist.  Of the six full time faculty, two have additional board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry and another with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry.

Division chief and forensic psychiatry residency training director

Charles L. Scott, M.D. is a professor of clinical psychiatry, chief of the Division of Psychiatry and the Law, and is also the director of the forensic psychiatry residency training program.  Dr. Scott is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry.  He completed his forensic psychiatry fellowship training at Case Western Reserve with Dr. Phillip Resnick.  Dr. Scott serves as a National Board Review course instructor for the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law’s Annual Forensic Psychiatry Board Review Course, and is the current President of the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships.  Dr. Scott has published articles and book chapters on adult and juvenile dangerousness, mental health law, and important state and Supreme Court landmark cases.  He has served as a consultant to the National Football League and as a forensic psychiatric expert in several national high profile criminal and civil cases.

Forensic psychiatry faculty

Edgar Catingub, M.D. is a member of the UC Davis Volunteer Clinical Faculty at the level of Associate Clinical Professor.  He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.  Dr. Catingub completed his general psychiatric residency and forensic fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Catingub supervises psychiatry residents and medical students at the Sacramento Main Jail.  His current interests include correctional psychiatry and performing independent medical evaluations.

Jessica Ferranti, M.D. is the training director of the General Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UC Davis Medical Center. She also serves as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry within the UC Davis Division of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Ferranti supervises general psychiatry residents in the UC Davis Psychiatry outpatient clinic. She completed her residency training in psychiatry and additional training in forensic psychiatry at UC Davis.  She is a member of the Superior Court expert witness panels of Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Contra Costa, Alameda counties. She has completed numerous appointments in criminal matters involving competency to stand trial, evaluation of sanity and evaluations of sexual offenders. Dr. Ferranti’s areas of interest and research include psychotic violence in women, gender differences in the quality of malingering and sexual harassment. She has presented both locally and nationally on the topics of violence risk assessment, psychosis, pedophilia and gender differences in homicide offenders.

Barbara E. McDermott, Ph.D. is a professor of clinical psychiatry and research director at Napa State Hospital (NSH).  She completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the University of Cincinnati.  She serves as the instructor for the Forensic Psychiatry Research and Psychological Assessment Seminar.  She is the director of the UC Davis/NSH Forensic Psychiatry Research Division.  Dr. McDermott has an extensive background in consultation to state government systems on Forensic Mental Health Issues.  Her current interests and research involve risk assessments of violent offenders, the assessment and identification of malingering and factors related to success of forensic patients on conditional release status. Dr. McDermott has published in the area of factors associated with institutional aggression, malingering, release decision-making and competence of forensic patients.

William Newman, M.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and is also the associate director of the forensic psychiatry residency training program. Dr. Newman supervises psychiatry residents and medical students on the inpatient teaching service at the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, and his forensic psychiatry fellowship at UC Davis.  Dr. Newman is an active member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is on the Sacramento County Superior Court expert witness panel and regularly performs forensic evaluations. Dr. Newman’s research interests involve assessing violence risk, evaluating sexual offenders, assessing malingering, and managing aggression. He has presented nationally on topics including the assessment of malingered PTSD, child sex tourism, telecourt, and the pharmacological management of aggression.

Jason G. Roof, M.D. is an assistant  professor of clinical psychiatry.  He completed his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  He completed additional training in forensic psychiatry at the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Roof is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general and forensic psychiatry.  Dr. Roof has been an expert witness in cases involving the connections between psychiatry and the law and has testified to issues such as bipolar disorder and memory loss.  He is part of the Sacramento County Superior Court Expert Witness panel and has completed numerous appointments for them involving competency to stand trial, sanity evaluations and sex offender evaluations.  Dr. Roof is the medical student site director for inpatient Jail Psychiatric Services and is the first author on a book chapter for American Psychiatric Press Inc., (in press) involving geriatric criminal offenders.

Gregory Sokolov, M.D. is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry, a member of UC Davis Volunteer Clinical Faculty  and Medical Director of the Sacramento County Jail Psychiatric Services.  He completed his general psychiatric residency training at UC Los Angeles and completed his forensic psychiatry fellowship at UC Davis.  Dr. Sokolov serves as an instructor and site supervisor at the Sacramento County Jail.  His areas of interest include criminal forensic psychiatry, mental health court programs, assessment and management of malingering, and correctional psychiatry issues.

Matthew Soulier, M.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry.  He completed his general residency training in psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, and his child/adolescent and forensic psychiatry residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He is board eligible in forensic psychiatry. Dr. Soulier is appointed to the Sacramento County Criminal Expert and Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Expert Panels. He has served as an expert witness in numerous adult, juvenile, family, and military cases regarding issues such as competency, criminal responsibility, sexual offenses, sexual abuse, memory, and custody. He has qualified as an expert witness for the United States Army. His areas of interest include custody, child abuse, and juvenile delinquency.

Volunteer clinical faculty

The forensic psychiatry division has four volunteer clinical psychiatrists who are Board certified in forensic psychiatry and who are involved in the forensic psychiatry didactic seminar series.  In addition, two psychologists, one district attorney and one judge all provide guest lectures throughout the academic year.