The Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine offers a comprehensive and diverse range of experiences in Forensic Neuropsychiatry. Our fellows spend time at East Louisiana State Mental Health System (ELMHS) in Jackson, Louisiana, the Orleans Justice Center (OJC), New Orleans Criminal Court, the Forensic Aftercare Clinic, a private custody clinic based in New Orleans, and with various members of our faculty doing private cases which can include civil, criminal, and juvenile issues. We have one of the largest forensic psychiatry faculties in the country with more than 18 members including four faculty members who are fellowship-trained with added qualifications in both forensic and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Fellows gain further criminal forensic experience (e.g., criminal responsibility and aid-in-sentencing evaluations) at the Orleans Criminal Court, where they gain much experience in courtroom testimony. Fellows also perform a full range of civil forensic evaluations (e.g., malpractice, disability, and child custody evaluations) and receive training in report-writing, testifying for court and depositions, and interacting with the legal system.
In addition to the above clinical rotations, we have a comprehensive didactic series which covers all topics to successfully pass forensics boards. A Landmark case seminar is also conducted weekly with faculty members and psychology fellows. Fellows participate in a Journal Club and write a case review for Legal Digest with faculty supervision.
Expenses for the AAPL Review Course and Annual Meeting are provided for the fellows. Three textbooks are provided at the beginning of the academic year.