UMMS Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry


Fellowship Director

Paul E. Noroian, M.D. 
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, UMMS
Chief of Psychiatry and Director, Forensic Service, Worcester State Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Psychiatrist, Worcester State Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center
Interests: Civil commitment, prosecution of patients, court mandated treatment

Additional Core Teaching Faculty

Ira K. Packer, Ph.D. 
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

Gina M Vincent, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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

Thomas Grisso, Ph.D. 
Director, Law and Psychiatry Program, UMMS
Director, Forensic Training and Research, UMMS
Professor Emeritus, UMMS
Interests: Adolescent Offenders; Law & Psychology; patients' competence to consent to treatment; forensic (criminal) mental health issues & evaluations; juvenile violence & mental disorder

Albert J. Grudzinskas, Jr., J.D. 
Coordinator for Legal Studies Center for Mental Health Services Research, Law and Psychiatry Program, UMMS
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Law, UMMS
Interests: Involuntary outpatient commitment, diminished capacity, substance abuse, the presentation of expert testimony and trial tactics

Additional Law and Psychiatry Faculty

Kenneth Appelbaum, M.D. 
Director, Correctional Mental Health,
UMass Correctional Health Program
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Forensic psychiatry, correctional psychiatry, adult psychiatry, dangerousness, competency, law & psychiatry

Denise Mumley, Ph.D. 
Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Service, Worcester State Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Conducting court-ordered evaluations and risk assessment consultations. Research and academic interests include competence to stand trial, expert witness testimony, and ethical issues in forensic evaluation work

Faculty Resources for Law and Psychiatry Research

Need some empirical information about a legal or ethical question in psychiatry? Looking for research-based evidence on the value of assessment or treatment methods in forensic psychiatry or psychology? Are you interested in taking on a legally relevant research topic? We have prepared the following list of Law and Psychiatry faculty and their research interests in order to assist medical students, psychiatry residents, psychiatry and psychology fellows, and faculty who sometimes wish to obtain information about research topics in Law and Psychiatry. The list provides brief sketches of the research interests of our training and research faculty in the Law and Psychiatry Program as of 2004, as well as their phone numbers. Any of them would welcome scheduling a time with you to talk about your interests in forensic research, mental health and law, or legal/ethical issues in mental health practice.

Dr. Thomas Grisso has specialized interests in forensic issues in juvenile justice. His most recent and current research projects focus on (a) competence of juveniles in the adjudicative process (that is, youths' competence to stand trial), (b) identification and response to mental health needs of youths in the juvenile justice system, and (c) competence to consent to treatment among adults with mental disorders.

Mr. Albert Grudzinskas is the Law and Psychiatry Program's lawyer. His interests focus on legal issues associated with juvenile justice, issues relating to treatment coercion, and the presentation of forensic mental health evidence before courts. His most recent research projects focus on (a) the transition of juveniles with serious emotional disturbance to various adult systems, (b) the impact of truth in sentencing legislation and the decline of parole on persons with mental illness, and (c) competence to proceed in civil and criminal settings.

Dr. Ira Packer has research interests in the structure and function of mental health services, as well as issues in correctional psychology and psychiatry. He brings special expertise to legally-relevant research questions on systems dynamics associated with mental health service delivery to forensic populations as a consequence of his public sector administrative experience with these issues.

Dr. Maryann Davis has special research interests in the developmental transition from adolescence to adulthood among adolescents with psychiatric disorders involved in public children's systems, including the juvenile justice system. Her most recent research project focuses on describing the official corrections involvement from childhood through young adulthood, and predictive factors of that involvement among individuals who received 'deep end' public adolescent psychiatric services.

Dr. Gina Vincent has interests in juvenile justice and adult forensic populations, particularly with respect to policy research, risk assessment and psychopathy. Current projects involve screening for mental health problems in juvenile justice setting with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory, developing an assessment system for adjudicative competence in juveniles, early identification of psychopathic personality disorder, violence risk assessment, and sexual offender risk assessment.