Charles Scott, M.D.

Charles L. Scott, M.D.


Forensic Psychiatry



  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry


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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Scott is Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law, Forensic Psychiatry Training Director, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He is board certified in Forensic Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. He is the current president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and is also past-president of the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatric Fellowships. He has served as a member of the AAPL national task forces to develop guidelines for the evaluation of criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial. He is also one of the four AAPL Forensic Psychiatry Review Course Faculty instructors and in 2008 received the AAPL award as the most outstanding forensic psychiatry fellowship program instructor in the United States. Dr. Scott has served as a forensic psychiatric consultant to jails, prisons, maximum security forensic inpatient units, and to the National Football League (NFL) providing training on violence risk assessment for NFL counselors. He has been editor and co-editor on four books related to forensic psychiatry and has published articles and book chapters in the areas of risk assessment of violence and aggression, the death penalty, juvenile violence, and mental health law. His research interests include the relationship of substance use to aggression among criminal defendants and on the quality of forensic evaluations of criminal responsibility. He lectures nationally on the topics of violence risk assessment, juvenile violence, substance use and violence, the assessment of sex offenders, correctional psychiatry, and malpractice issues in mental health.


Forensic Psychiatry


M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, 1986

B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1981

Internship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1986-87


Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1987-89


University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio, 1995-96

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1989-91

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1992

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Addiction Psychiatry, 1998

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1993

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry, 1996

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

American Psychiatric Association

Select Recent Publications

McDermott BE, Dualan IV, Scott CL. The predictive ability of the Classification of Violence Risk (COVR) in a forensic psychiatric hospital. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Apr;62(4):430-3.

Newman WJ, Holt BW, Rabun JS, Phillips G, Scott CL. Child sex tourism: extending the borders of sexual offender legislation. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2011 Mar-Apr;34(2):116-21. Epub 2011 Mar 21.

Scott C. The child and adolescent track in the forensic fellowship. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2011 Jul;20(3):565-75.

Scott CL. The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008: implications for the forensic psychiatrist. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2010;38(1):95-9.

Scott CL, Resnick PJ: Assessing potential for harm: Would your patient injure himself or others? Current Psychiatry, 8:24-33, 2009

Scott CL: Forensic Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Allegations. Psychiatric Times, 24(14):28-30, 2008

Scott CL: Correctional Psychiatry and Right to Treatment. Audio-Digest Psychiatry 37:19, October 7, 2008

McDermott BE, Edens JF, Quanbeck CD, Busse D, Scott CL: Examining the Role of Static and Dynamic Risk Factors in the Prediction of Inpatient Violence: Variable and Person-Focused Analyses. Law Hum Behav, 32(4):325-38, 2008

McDermott BE, Quanbeck DC, Busse D, Yastro K, Scott CL: The accuracy of risk assessment in the prediction of impulsive versus predatory aggression. Behav Sci Law 26 (6): 759-77, 2008

McDermott BE, Scott CL, Busse D, Andrade F, Zozaya M, Quanbeck CD: The conditional release of insanity acquittees: three decades of decision-making. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law, 36(3):329-36, 2008

Mossman D, Noffsinger SG, Ash P, Frierson RL, Gerbasi J, Hackett M, Lewis CF, Pinals DA, Scott CL, Sieg KG, Wall BW, Zonana HV: AAPL Practice Guideline for the Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation of Competency to Stand Trial. J Am Acad Psychiatr Law, 35(4), 2007

Novak B, McDermott B, Scott CL: Sex Offenders and Insanity: An Examination of 42 Individuals Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law, 2007

Quanbeck CD, McDermott BE, Lam J, Eisenstark H, Sokolov G, Scott CL: Categorization of Aggressive Acts Committed by Chronically Assaultive State Hospital Patients. Psychiatr Serv 58(4):521-528, 2007

Harlow M, Norko M, Scott CL: U.S. v. Weber: Penile Plethysmography Testing for Convicted Sex Offenders. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law, 35(4), 2007

Scott CL, Lewis CF, McDermott BE: Dual Diagnosis Among Incarcerated Populations: Exception or Rule? J Dual Diagnosis, 3(1):33-58, 2006

Scott CL: Psychiatry and the Death Penalty. Psychiatr Clin North Am, 29:791-804, 2006

Scott CL, Resnick PJ: Violence Risk Assessment in Person with Mental Illness. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 11:598-611, 2006

Scott CL, Swartz E, Warburton K: The Psychological Autopsy: Solving the Mysteries of Death. Psychiatr Clin North Am, 29:805-822, 2006