Barbara McDermott, Ph.D.


Forensic Psychiatry


  • Professor


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Clinical Interests

Dr. McDermott is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Research Director at Napa State Hospital (NSH). She completed her graduate training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She serves as the instructor for the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Research and Psychological Assessment Seminar. She is the director of the UC Davis/NSH Forensic Psychiatry Research Division. Dr. McDermott has an extensive background in consultation to state government systems on Forensic Mental Health Issues. Her current interests and research involve risk assessments of violent offenders, the assessment and identification of malingering and factors related to success of forensic patients on conditional release status. Dr. McDermott has published in the area of factors associated with institutional aggression, malingering, release decision-making and competence of forensic patients.


Forensic Psychiatry


Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, Cininnati, Ohio, 1988

B.S.N., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1976

Internship: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1988

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association

Division 41, Psychology and the Law

Honors and Awards

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Amicus Award, 2008

Select Recent Publications

McDermott, B.E., Edens, J.F., Quanbeck, C. Busse, D. and Scott, C.L.: Examining the role of static and dynamic risk factors in the prediction of inpatient violence: Variable- and person-focused analyses. Law and Human Behavior, 32: 325-338, 2008.

McDermott, B.E., Leamon, M., Feldman, M.D. and Scott, C.L.: Factitious Disorder and Malingering. In Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, Fourth Edition. Hales, R.H. and Yudofsky, S. (Eds.), 2008.

McDermott, B.E., Quanbeck, C., Busse, D. and Scott, C.L.: The accuracy of risk assessment instruments in the prediction of impulsive versus predatory aggression. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 26: 759-777, 2008.

McDermott, B.E., Scott, C.L., Busse, D., Andrade, F., Zozaya, M. and Quanbeck, C.: The conditional release of insanity acquittees: Three decades of decision-making. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 36: 329-336, 2008.

Quanbeck, C. and McDermott, B.E.: Inpatient violence. In Textbook of Violence Assessment and Management. Simon, R.I. and Tardiff, K. (Eds.), 2008.

Quanbeck, C. and McDermott, B.E.: Uncertainties in Assessing and Treating Assaultive Patients. In Reply. Psychiatric Services, 58: 1227-1228, 2007.

Quanbeck, C.D., McDermott, B.E., Scott, C.L., Eggelston, C.F., Lam, J., Eisenstark, H. and Sokolov, G.: Categorization of assaultive acts committed by chronically aggressive state hospital patients. Psychiatric Services, 58: 521-528, 2007.

Novak, B., McDermott, B.E., Guillory, S. and Scott, C.L.: Sex offenders and insanity: An examination of 42 individuals found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 35: 444-450, 2007.

McDermott, B.E., Quanbeck, C. and Frye, M.A.: Comorbid substance use disorder in women with bipolar disorder associated with criminal arrest. Bipolar Disorders, 9: 536-540, 2007.

McDermott, B.E., and Feldman, M.D.: Malingering in the medical setting. Psychiatric Clinics, 30:645-662, 2007.