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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara McDermott, Ph.D.

Dr. McDermott

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


Dr. McDermott 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 Department's instructor for the forensic psychiatry fellowship 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.


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