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UMMS Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

Psychiatric Faculty

Paul E. Noroian, MD

Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, UMMS
Chief of Psychiatry, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Psychiatrist, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center

Interests: Civil commitment, prosecution of patients, court mandated treatment, history of psychiatry

Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, MD

Associate Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, UMMS
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Psychiatrist, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
Designated Forensic Psychiatrist
Interests: criminal responsibility, role of culture in forensic mental health evaluations, history of forensic psychiatry

James Feldman, MD, MPH

Attending Psychiatrist, Massachusetts Mental Health Center MI-PSB team (Mentally Ill with Problematic Sexual Behaviors)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UMMS
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Interests:  treatment of chronically mentally ill patients with problematic sexual behaviors

Renée Sorrentino, MD

Medical Director, Institution for Sexual Wellness
Medical Director, Firesetting Prevention Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Interests: paraphilias, chemical castration, treatment of sexual offenders

Adeliza Olivero, MD

Designated Forensic Psychiatrist Cambridge District Court Clinic
Instructor in Psychiatry UMMS
Interests: Emergency Psychiatry, Court Clinic Mental Health Evaluations, Community Mental Health, Cultural Competence

Amam Z. Saleh, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Facility Medical Director (FMD), Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
Psychiatrist, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
Interests: Treatment of persons with severe and enduring violence and suicide risks, Interaction of persons with mental illness with law enforcement, Involuntary medication, and Commitment laws

Ivy E. Sohn, MD, JD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
DMH Child Area Psychiatrist, Northeast Area Office
Forensic Psychiatrist: UMMS Mobile Forensic Services Team, CPCS Mental Health Panel
Interests: Civil commitment, court mandated treatment, guardianship, expert witness in miscellaneous civil mental health cases, CRA's​, juvenile mental health assessments

Kyle C. Walker, MD

Instructor in Psychiatry, UMMS
Forensic Psychiatrist, Bridgewater State Hospital
Interests: Substance abuse treatment in forensic settings; medical competency and capacity; inpatient treatment of chronic psychotic disorders

Kenneth Appelbaum, MD

Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Forensic psychiatry, correctional psychiatry, adult psychiatry, dangerousness, competency, law & psychiatry

Daniel W. Comiskey, MD

Instructor in Psychiatry, UMMS
Director of Psychiatry, Bridgewater State Hospital
Interests: Direct Patient Care; Hospital and Organizational Systems; Ethics

Bradley Roger Brummett, PhD

Co-Director of Training, Mental Health Service Line, VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS
Coordinator, Edward P. Boland VAMC Neuropsychology Service
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Chan Medical School
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts
Neuropsychologist, VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS & Neuropsychological and Clinical Services of the Northampton Area
Interests: Military Veteran Disability Evaluations (Compensation & Pension), Multicultural Issues and Diversity, Level 1 Adult Autism Spectrum Disorders, Non-Pharmacologic Chronic Pain Care

Psychology Faculty

Ira K. Packer, PhD

Director, Forensic Psychology Fellowship Training, UMMS
Director of Psychology and Forensic Service
Correctional Mental Health Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Violence risk assessment, prevalence of mental illness in the criminal justice system, evaluation and treatment of forensic clients

Danielle Audet Khanna, PsyD

Director, Suffolk County Juvenile Court Clinic
Certified Juvenile Court Clinician I & II
Affiliate Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine​
Interests: Evaluation of Parenting Capacity, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice, Forensic Report Writing

Gina M. Vincent, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Co-Director, Law & Psychiatry Program
Director of Translational Law & Psychiatry Research
Interests: Adolescent offenders, implementing risk assessment in juvenile justice, adolescent substance abuse, mental disorders in juvenile justice

Laura DM Grant, PsyD

VA Psychologist, VA Central Western Massachusetts
Lead Supervisor, CWM VA Psychology Training Committee, Assessment Rotation
Lead Mental Health Compensation and Pension Examiner, CWM VA Mental Health Service Line
Psychology Consultant to CWM VA Community Living Center (Long Term Care Unit)
Interests: Military/Post Military Psychology,  Impact of Intersections of Identity, Race & Cultural Factors on the Assessment & Treatment of Adults, Racial Trauma, Military Sexual Trauma,  End of Life Care, Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders, Spirituality

Thomas Grisso, PhD

Professor Emeritus, UMMS
Interests: Adolescent Offenders; Law & Psychology; patients' competence to consent to treatment; forensic (criminal) mental health issues & evaluations; juvenile violence & mental disorder

John Young, Psy.D.

Instructor in Psychiatry, UMCMS
Associate Director of Forensic Services, Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH)
Director- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology, BSH
Interests: Competence Restoration; Police training on responding to persons with mental illness; Specialty courts & jail diversion programs

Legal Faculty

Nathan Frommer, JD, LLM

Instructor in Psychiatry, UMass Medical School
Assistant General Counsel, Mass. Dept. of Mental Health
Senior Attorney, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, Worcester, MA

Darina A. Griffin, JD

Legal Counsel, Massachusetts State Police
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: mental health law, criminal case law, constitutional issues