Jessica Ferranti, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Jessica Ferranti, M.D.

Director, Workplace Safety and Psychiatric Assessment Clinic

Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Psychiatry and the Law

To see if Jessica Ferranti is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Forensic Psychiatry

Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Ferranti serves as a forensic consultant and does not currently treat clinical patients at UC Davis Health System. Board-certified in both general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, she serves as a forensic consultant and/or expert witness in a wide variety of criminal, military and civil law contexts.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Ferranti's areas of publication and research include psychotic violence, workplace violence and violence risk assessment, and gender differences in homicide offenders.



Undergraduate School

B.S., Physiology, San Francisco State University, Sacramento CA 2001

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2005

Other School

B.M., Music Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston MA 1994


General Psychiatry, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento CA 2005-2006


General Psychiatry, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento CA 2005-2009


Forensic Psychiatry, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento CA 2009-2010

UC Davis Department of Psychiatry Resident Award for Outstanding Faculty, 2014, 2018

Junior Faculty Award of the Association of Academic Psychiatry, 2012

Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, 2009

Outstanding Resident Award, 2009

Rappeport Fellow of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2008

Cerny-Suelzer CA, Ferranti J, Wasser T, Janofsky JS, Michaelsen K, Alonso-Katzowitz JS, Cardasis W, Noffsinger S, Martinez R, Spanggaard M. Practice Resource for Forensic Training in General Psychiatry Residency Programs. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2019 Mar;47(1 Suppl):S1-S14. doi:10.29158/JAAPL.003845-19. PMID:31113834.

Ferranti J, Scott CL, McDermott B. From trigger warning to true threat: a primer on forensic assessment of speech, in Special Topics in Forensic Psychiatry. Psychiatric Annals. 2018;48(9):400. doi:10.3928/00485713-20180815-01.

Ferranti J. Fitness for Duty Assessments: Teaching Forensic Psychiatry Fellows Best Practices in Workplace Safety Consultation. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;41(6):798-802. doi:10.1007/s40596-017-0816-z. Epub 2017 Nov 27. PMID:29181657.

Ferranti J. Translating Into Practice Data About Violent Women. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2017 Mar;45(1):25-30. PMID:28270459.

Ferranti J. True-Threat Doctrine and Mental State at the Time of Speech. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2016 Jun;44(2):138-44. PMID:27236166.

Ferranti J. Women and Violence. Rosner R, Scott C (Ed.). Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, New York NY. 2016.

Ferranti J. Development and Implementation of the DSM-5. CL Scott  CL (Ed). DSM-5 and the Law: Changes and Challenges, Oxford University Press, New York NY. 2015:1-15.

Bhe E, Summers S, Pakyurek M, Soulier M, Ferranti J. Outpatient Psychiatric Documentation Use by Primary Care Physicians Following De-Sensitization in the Electronic Medical Record. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Dec;39(6):639-44. doi:10.1007/s40596-014-0201-0. Epub 2014 Jul 29. PMID:25069956.

Ferranti J, McDermott BE, Scott CL. Characteristics of female homicide offenders found not guilty by reason of insanity. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2013;41(4):516-22. PMID:24335324.

Hilty DM, Srinivasan M, Xiong GL, Ferranti J, Li ST. Lessons from psychiatry and psychiatric education for medical learners and teachers. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2013 Jun;25(3):329-37. doi:10.3109/09540261.2013.794129. PMID:23859096.