Residents receive a stipend of $35,797, plus UMMS health and dental insurance benefits and professional liability insurance. In addition, the resident may draw up to $2,000 from an account that provides for professional conference expenses, travel expenses to off-campus practicum sites, and research expenses such as books and supplies.
Residents have access to the UMMS Medical School Library, including on-line access (including on-lilne journals and books) and Lexis-Nexis which provides comprehensive access to State and Federal cases and statutes.
The Law-Psychiatry Program is itself a significant resource to residents because of its many activities associated with public sector mental health services in Massachusetts. The program, under a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, is responsible for the continuing education and certification of all forensic mental health professionals who work in Massachusetts' inpatient and court clinic services.
The psychology residency is directed by Ira K. Packer, Ph.D. (Clinical Professor, UMMS; Director of Forensic Psychology Training) in conjunction with Thomas Grisso, Ph.D. (Professor, UMMS; Director, Law-Psychiatry Program), Paul Noroian, M.D. (Assistant Professor, UMMS; Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellow Program) and Albert Grudzinskas, J.D., (Clinical Associate Professor, UMMS; Coordinator of Legal Studies). In addition other faculty provide didactic training as well as opportunities for specialized rotations including Debra Pinals, M.D., Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Services, Department of Mental health. Dianne Williams and Carole Puleo provide administrative support. Other UMMS on-site and off-site faculty who contribute substantially to post-doctoral forensic training are listed at the end of this program description