Our mission is to train residents to conduct the highest caliber of evidence-based objective forensic psychiatric assessments and consultations in both the civil and criminal justice systems. 

The UC Davis Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program provides extensive exposure to a variety of criminal and civil forensic psychiatry experiences.  The 12-month fellowship is accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education.  The primary educational training site is the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

In keeping with our mission to provide the highest level of training in forensic psychiatry, the fellowship program is designed to facilitate the forensic psychiatry fellow’s successful completion of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s board examination for the Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.  Graduating fellows will be skilled in working in a variety of forensic settings and in interfacing with attorneys and courts. The fellow is also assisted with the development of a forensic psychiatry research project or publication.

Extensive didactic seminars are provided for the forensic psychiatry fellow in both criminal and civil forensic psychiatry. These include a forensic psychiatry didactic topic seminar, civil and criminal case seminars focusing on court testimony and forensic report writing skills, a seminar on key landmark mental health law cases, and a research seminar that incorporates extensive training on psychological testing instruments.  In addition, the forensic psychiatry fellows are provided funding to attend the annual American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Forensic Psychiatry Review Course and annual meeting.

Charles L. Scott, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of California, Davis Medical Center - Sacramento