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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara McDermott, Ph.D.

Dr. McDermott

Research Director, UC Davis/Napa State Hospital Clinical Demonstration Unit

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
2248 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817


Dr. McDermott is a professor of clinical psychiatry at UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, and Research Director at DSH-Napa. She completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She serves as the instructor for the UC Davis Forensic Psychiatry Research and Psychological Assessment Seminar. She is the director of the UC Davis/DSH-Napa 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 evaluating risk in violent offenders, the assessment and identification of malingering and factors related to the 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.


B.S. Nursing, University of Cincinnati, 1976
M.A., Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1986
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1988