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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry and the Law

Forensic psychiatry is the psychiatry subspecialty that deals with the interface of mental health issues and the law.  This specialty is formally recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology which offers added qualifications and board certification in this field.  The forensic psychiatry division at UC Davis has four full-time faculty with the added qualifications in forensic psychiatry as well as a forensic psychologist.  Faculty members have specialized expertise in forensic psychiatric evaluations in both criminal and civil arenas.  In addition, two faculty members are child forensic psychiatrists specializing in child custody evaluations, juvenile court evaluations, and assessment of psychiatric damages.

The forensic division also offers a one-year forensic psychiatry residency.  This forensic psychiatry residency is accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education.  Forensic psychiatry residents take extensive didactics covering both civil and criminal forensic psychiatry and rotate through Sacramento County Jail, Napa State Hospital, and private practice clinics of the faculty.

Charles L. Scott, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Residency Program