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University of California at Davis (UCD)

Director(s) Charles L. Scott, MD+
Program Coordinator: David Spagnolo
Address Division of Psychiatry and the Law
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of California, Davis Medical Center
2230 Stockton Blvd, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA
Zip Code 95817
Telephone (916) 734-0870
Fax (916) 703-5261
Email dwspagnolo@ucdavis.edu
URL http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/psychiatry/forensic/index.html
Program Coordinator and Email
Level PGY-5
Positions 3
Accredited by ACGME Yes
Annual Stipend $70,000


Program description

The U.C. Davis Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship provides extensive training in both civil and criminal forensic psychiatry. The teaching staff consists of nine psychiatrists with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry, one forensic psychologist, one forensic neuropsychologist, one family law attorney, one Sacramento County Superior Court Judge, one Sacramento County Associate District Attorney, and one Sacramento County Supervising Public Defender.

The forensic psychiatry didactic courses include a Landmark Case Seminar, a Forensic Case Seminar (covering criminal, civil, adult and juvenile cases), a Forensic Topics Didactic Seminar, and a Forensic Psychological Testing/Research Seminar. Extensive supervision is provided in forensic report writing and testifying in legal settings. In addition, in depth training is provided on forensic tools to include risk assessments (PCL-R, HCR-20-V3, VRAG/VRAG-R, COVR, LSI-R), sex offender risk assessments (ABEL, RRASOR, Static-99/99R, Static-2002R, SVR-20), malingering (M-FAST, SIMS, SIRS/SIRS-2, REY 15-Item, TOMM, MSVT, ILK, the b-test, MENT), cognitive impairment (MOCA), post-traumatic stress disorder (TSI-2), competency to stand trial (Georgia Court Competency Test, CAI-R, MACCAT – CA, CAST-MR, MRCI), suggestibility (Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales), juvenile violence risk/amenability to rehabilitation (SAVRY, RSTI, YLS-CMI 2.0, PCL-YV), juvenile sexual violence risk (J-SOAP-II, JSORRAT-II, ERASOR 2.0), juvenile trial competency (JACI), and juvenile trauma (TSCYC).

The forensic residents receive their clinical training in a wide variety of forensic settings. These rotations include training in forensic units at Napa State Hospital, Sacramento County Jail, Sacramento County Superior Court Expert Witness Panel, and consultations with private criminal and civil attorneys.

The forensic residents are assisted with developing a forensic research project or paper and participate in ongoing faculty research projects. Additionally, a specialized course on how to be a communicative and dynamic presenter is given.

Fringe benefits include provision of educational materials and a stipend for funding to the annual AAPL meeting and board review course. An extensive forensic library is available. The forensic psychiatry resident is also given a substantial number of references consisting of over 300 forensic landmark case related articles.

Applicants are highly encouraged to apply to the fellowship as early as possible. Applications will be accepted beginning November 1st until January 31st of the recruitment year with interviews taking place February through April.

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