Jason Glen Roof, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Jason Glen Roof, M.D.

Professor, Division of Clinical Psychiatry

Associate Training Director, Division of Psychiatry and the Law

Medical Director, Jail Psychiatric Services, Sacramento County




Forensic Psychiatry

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Behavioral Health Center
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Philosophy of Care

In his role as Medical Director, Dr. Roof oversees and provides direct mental health care to inmate-patients housed at Sacramento County's Main Jail in downtown Sacramento and Rio Consumes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, California. Mental health care in Sacramento County's jails are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of UC Davis Health employees who work closely with Sacramento County, Sacramento County Sheriff's Office and various community entities to provide appropriate patient care which meets or exceeds community standards. Dr. Roof does not, at this time, provide mental health care or forensic consultation to the general public.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Roof is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Associate Training Director for the prestigious UC Davis Division of Psychiatry and the Law and Medical Director for Sacramento County's Jail Psychiatric Services.  Besides providing and overseeing mental health care for Sacramento County's inmate population, he is an expert in a variety of medico-legal subjects where mental health and the law intersect and has qualified as an expert witness in federal, state and military courts. Areas of expertise include competence to stand trial, sanity, mitigation of criminal sentences, diminished actuality, effects of substances of abuse on behavior and cognition, malingering, violence risk, fitness for duty, medical malpractice, wrongful death in correctional institutions, testamentary capacity and guardianship/ conservatorship assessment.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Roof has lectured on a wide variety of forensic subjects and has been published on the topics of geriatric offenders, delirium, infections of the nervous system, testamentary capacity, guardianship assessments, correctional psychiatry, suicide and violence prevention and brain imaging techniques as they relate to the legal system. He is passionate about teaching and has presented nationally and  internationally on numerous psychiatric topics to a variety of groups including medical students, residents, attorneys, interpreters, social workers, correctional employees, mental health staff and others.


Forensic Psychiatry
Psychiatry and the Law

Undergraduate School

B.S., University of North Texas at Denton, Honors Core, Denton TX 1998

Medical School

M.D., University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston TX 2003


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston TX 2003-2004


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston TX 2004-2007


Forensic Psychiatry, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2007-2008

Residents' Outstanding Faculty Award by 2009-2010 UC Davis Psychiatry Resident Physicians, 2010

Chief Resident, UT Houston Medical School Department of Psychiatry, 2006, 2007

Arnold P. Gold, M.D. Foundation's "Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award to An Outstanding Resident Role Model" by Graduating Medical Student Class of 2006, UT Houston Medical School, 2005

David Mendell, M.D. Memorial Fellowship in Family Therapy, UT Houston Medical School, 2006

Best Resident Teacher in Psychiatry, Graduating Medical Student Classes, UT Houston Medical School, 2005, 2006

Undergraduate Dean's List, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

AED Premedical Honor Society (Historian and Webmaster), 1997, 1998

Glenn Mitchell, M.D. Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate Students with a Career Goal of Becoming a Physician, University of North Texas, 1997, 1998

C.J. "Red" Davidson scholarship for academic achievement, 1993

Roof J. Red Herrings in the Courtroom: Should You Go Fishing? Prosecutor’s Brief published by the California District Attorneys Association. 2018.

Roof J. Incarcerated Populations and Mental Status. Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. 2015 Jun 14. doi:10.1002/9780470061589.fsa1136.

Roof J, Xiong G, Stacey S. Suicide and Violence Prevention and Control: A Public Health Approach. On-Call Geriatric Psychiatry. 2016 Apr:333-339. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30346-8_25.

Roof J. Mental Health Care in Correctional Environments. A six-part series for Sacramento County Jail Psychiatric Services Newsletter. 2014-2015.

Roof J. Treating patients in a forensic setting. The Audio-Digest Foundation lecture series, When the Patient Is a Criminal. 2014.

Roof J. Infections of the Central Nervous System. Audio-Digest Foundation Board review lecture series. 2013.

Roof J. Delirium. Board review training audio lecture series, Audio-Digest Foundation Board review lecture series. 2013.

Roof JG. Testamentary capacity and guardianship assessments. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2012 Dec;35(4):915-27. doi:10.1016/j.psc.2012.08.011. Epub 2012 Oct 4. PMID:23107570.

Roof J. Modern Brain Imaging Techniques in the Legal System: Is the Lesion the Reason? Prosecutor's Brief published by the California District Attorneys Association. 2011.

Roof J. Geriatric Offenders. Scott CL. (Ed.) Handbook of Correctional Mental Health, 2nd Edition, American Psychiatric Press, Inc. 2009;20:573-596.