Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Our mission is to train forensic psychiatrists to conduct skillful psychiatric evaluations and to communicate effectively between psychiatric and legal domains, in both verbal and written formats.

Our program’s overall goal is to graduate board eligible forensic psychiatrists who will have the knowledge and experience to evaluate, consult, prepare reports and testify in civil and criminal cases. The interactions between forensic fellows and faculty also emphasize mentorship, professional identity formation, and career development.

Another goal is to train board certified forensic psychiatrists who will have the knowledge and experience to be able to participate in civil and criminal cases as well as gain an understanding of the ethics and law of medical practice. An aim for further development is to have all fellows submit an abstract to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Our one-year, full-time fellowship training program is a balanced academic and clinical program providing clinical, research and teaching opportunities.

Our vision is to have fellows submit abstracts to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Faculty and fellows will work together to prepare research and submit the abstract. Acceptance at the annual meeting is competitive. Presenting at the meeting will not only provide fellows an invaluable opportunity for scholarship, but it will also display the academic talents of our program. This can further our endeavors to recruit.

The full-time academic faculty includes two forensic fellowship-trained, board-certified psychiatrists, a professor of law and various clinical faculty who attend and supervise highly interactive seminars covering their areas of expertise.

Under close faculty supervision, our fellows perform forensic evaluations, including but not limited to competency, criminal responsibility, dangerousness, civil commitment, guardianship, disability, personal injury and child issues.

They also rotate through a consultation-liaison service, detention center clinic, reception center and the Department of Corrections.

Our expectations are the highest. Weekly seminars include Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-recommended and other pertinent forensic psychiatry topics, case presentations and landmark case review.

Fellows also study landmark cases with a UF Professor of Law and attend a Psychiatry and the Law [or related] course at the Levin College of Law.

There are opportunities for teaching forensic psychiatry to medical and law students and psychiatry residents. Support staff and faculty are available to promote and help carry out research interests.

Fellows are expected to produce a thoughtful, scholarly product suitable for submission for publication by the end of their fellowship year. This could be a research project, legal case write-up or case report.

Director: Brian Cooke, MD

Contact: Susan Nobles: forensic@psychiatry.ufl.edu or 352-265-3284

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Download the Forensic Fellowship Training Application here: Forensic Application

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