Work on a scholarly project that you’ll develop into a publication or presentation for a regional or national meeting.

During our research rotation, you can collaborate on a faculty member’s scholarly project or propose your own project and develop it.

The work you undertake will help you understand how research can improve the quality of evaluations and patient care in the field of forensic psychiatry.

Receive Guidance from Experienced Researchers

Our oft-published faculty members can help you:

  • improve your ability to critically review and synthesize scientific literature
  • sharpen your skills in research writing
  • apply scientific evidence to individuals you’ll see in your role as a forensic psychiatrist
  • become better acquainted with finding medical and legal information using sources including electronic libraries and legal search services

Present Your Scholarly Project

We encourage you to publish your work in peer-reviewed journals and present at national conferences, particularly the annual meeting for the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL).

Your research mentor can guide you as you embark on the process of presenting or preparing for publication.

We’ll provide you with support to ensure you are equipped to attend the annual AAPL meeting and the AAPL forensic review course.

Learn About Ethical, Legal Principles of Research

You’ll work alongside faculty members who emphasize compassion, integrity and responsiveness to the needs of research participants.

Our research training will heighten your awareness about the importance of approaching potential research subjects with consideration and respect for their psychiatric illnesses.

Our research rotation will expose you to the special research considerations in the field of forensic psychiatry, including a subject’s:

  • competency to consent in research project participation
  • right to refuse participation

Length of Rotation

Approximately one half-day per week for one year

Faculty and Staff

We encourage you to work with a mentor whose interests align with yours.

Faculty members you might work with include:

  • director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry
  • fellowship program director
  • specialists in clinical neurophysiology, child and adult psychiatry
  • psychiatrists and psychologists with research expertise in aggression and violence, positive psychology, therapist effects
  • experts on ethics conflicts in correctional practice, violent patients in inpatient settings