Q&A About Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
What got you interested in Forensic Psychiatry?
I became interested in Forensic Psychiatry after rotating at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, Michigan during residency. I found Forensics fascinating because it involves the intersection of mental health, the law, public policy, and ethics. Additionally, patients who end up in the Forensic system have severe symptoms, and the programming available to them at the Center of Forensic Psychiatry is geared toward education and empowerment rather than crisis management alone.
What drew you to the program at Michigan Medicine?
I was extremely lucky to have done my residency at the University of Michigan and been able to interact with the Forensic fellowship faculty. I saw firsthand that, in addition to the faculty being excellent and experienced educators, that they are kind and generous people who support the fellows in learning as much as they can about Forensics. Additionally, we have the opportunity to learn and perform various Forensic-related duties, including but not limited to court evaluations, management of patients admitted for NGRI/competency restoration, performance of risk assessments, assessment of NGRI patients approaching discharge to the community, and court testimony. The Center for Forensic Psychiatry is also a great place to work with excellent staff.
What are some of your career interests and goals?
My career interests include court evaluations, mental health policy, education of law enforcement/the public, risk assessment of patients, and correctional psychiatry.
- M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2019