The UT Southwestern Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is a full time, one year training program that combines a comprehensive didactic curriculum with a wide range of forensic experiences, designed to develop the skills necessary to ethically and effectively interface with the legal system.
The rotation sites include the Dallas County Jail, court clinic at the Frank Crowley County Court, Terrell State Hospital Inpatient Forensic Service, the Special Needs Offender Program at Dallas Metrocare Services, psychiatric consultation services at Parkland Memorial Hospital and private practice rotations. Fellows will gain experience, under supervision serving as consultants and expert witnesses to the Dallas County Criminal, Mental Illness Court and mental health diversion courts; examining and treating criminal offenders in jail and outpatient settings (including insanity acquittees and sex offenders); performing court ordered forensic evaluations, dangerousness assessments, civil assessments for involuntary mental health treatment and treatment over objection. This program provides extensive opportunity for consultation for attorneys and courts in Dallas County, courtroom testimony and interaction with private practitioners in the community.
The diversity of our faculty is a strength of this program and includes five fellowship trained forensic psychiatrists and several affiliated forensic psychologists.
The didactic curriculum includes clinical case conferences; a yearlong forensic psychiatry core curriculum course that course that covers all the core topics in the theory and practice of criminal, and civil aspects of forensic psychiatry; a landmark case series; research and scholarship seminars that explore the theoretical and practical foundations of mental health law, cultural, societal and ethical influences on both legal and psychiatric applications and contribute to literature in forensic psychiatry; and a legal seminar where fellows familiarize themselves with new legal opinions from relevant state and federal court cases.
Residents will have the opportunity to teach medical students and will participate in teaching forensic psychiatry topics to the general psychiatry residents. The program’s affiliation with Southern Methodist University School of Law provides additional access to other learning opportunities. Fellows interested in mental health policy will have opportunities to collaborate with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas. Fringe benefits include a travel stipend to attend the AAPL Review Course and Annual Meeting.