Forensic Fellowship Overview

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Overview

The fellowship is a one year, ACGME accredited program providing experiences in institutionalized, inpatient, and outpatient settings.

Program Description

Goals of the Program

  • Knowledge of psychiatric evaluation of individuals with a history of: criminal behavior, criminal responsibility and competency for trial, dangerousness, and sexual misconduct
  • Knowledge and application of civil law when conducting a psychiatric review of individuals with the above listed issues
  • Assessment of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, amnesia
  • Familiarity with ethical, administrative and legal issues in forensic psychiatry
  • Evaluation and treatment of incarcerated individuals
  • Ability to assess dangerousness
  • Ability to write forensic reports
  • Knowledge of civil and criminal law
  • Knowledge of the relevancy of legal documentation


Training Sites

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

One of the largest behavioral health provider in the United States; here, fellows will complete psychiatric evaluations and suicide/risk assessments in a 198-bed acute care psychiatric inpatient facility.

Michigan Department of Corrections—Ionia County Maximum Security Prison

This maximum-security prison is a location in which fellows will gain practical knowledge in direct care with those with persistent and severe mental health concerns and provide care to incarcerated patients.

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health

Fellows will complete rounds at a 208-bed inpatient hospital completing suicide/risk assessments under the direction of Dr. Jack Mahdasian, MD.

Treatment Court—Kent County Department of Justice