Forensic psychiatry forms an interface between mental health care services and the legal system. Our division’s faculty trains residents, students and fellows to navigate this distinct interprofessional realm, while also providing a variety of key services for the community.
Training is a primary goal for our division; our distinguished faculty oversees comprehensive forensic training for psychiatry residents, medical students, fellows and psychology externs and interns.
Our faculty members are involved in a variety of research projects that aim to improve intervention and treatment models for mentally ill individuals in the legal system. We also have ongoing projects to examine and better understand the psychological, neuropsychological and neurobiological factors that relate to criminal behaviors.
Research in forensic psychiatry is often highly interdisciplinary. Our faculty projects involve investigators, trainees and research assistants from multiple disciplines and various local, national and international institutions.
Current research in our division focuses on several key topics:
Our division’s longstanding relationship with the Erie County Department of Mental Health and Erie County's Division of Forensic Mental Health Services enables us to assist in adjudication processes and care for individuals in local correctional and detention facilities.
Working within our consultation services, our trainees become familiar with both criminal and civil assessment. Our trainees also learn about providing psychiatric consultation on a broad range of legal affairs.
Under the guidance of our faculty, our trainees help provide mental health services for both incarcerated adults and youths with psychiatric illnesses.
Evelyn Coggins, MD
Attending Psychiatrist ECMC/Chief Psychiatrist Erie County Forensic Mental Health
Michael Cummings, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Stephanie Ficarro, PsyD
Research Assistant Professor
Michael Guppenberger, MD
Corey Leidenfrost, PhD
Research Assistant Professor/Associate Training Director of Psychology Doctoral Internship
Peter Martin, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Division of Forensic Psychiatry
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider St.
Buffalo, NY 14215