UMMS Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry
Fellows are required to spend a portion of their time during the academic year devoted to a specific research project relevant to Law and Psychiatry. Typically this will be a project developed at the fellow's own initiative and supervised by Dr. Debra Pinals. Alternatively, it may develop as a derivative of on-going research projects by program faculty. Additional faculty with significant forensic research experience are available to help support fellows in their research endeavors.
Current research activities and interests of the UMMS Law and Psychiatry faculty include: evaluating competence to consent to or refuse treatment; violence risk assessment; forensic mental health service delivery; coercion in clinical treatment; identification of mental health needs of youths in juvenile justice settings; and juveniles' competence to stand trial.