Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

The OHSU Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program features clinical rotations at Oregon State Hospital, Multnomah and Washington County post-release programs, Willamette University College of Law Legal Clinic, and telepsychiatry to Oregon Department of Corrections. Fellows will have opportunities for research at the Oregon State Hospital Forensic Evaluation Service and with OHSU forensic psychiatry mentors. The primary faculty includes 10 board certified psychiatrists who also hold ABPN certification in forensic psychiatry, three lawyers who have extensive experience with mental health law, and two psychologists who have been trained in forensic psychology. The didactic seminar series will include training in both criminal and civil forensic psychiatry as well as seminars devoted to an introduction to law and the legal process, landmark cases in mental health law, and special issues in forensic psychiatry. The teaching faculty includes 17 psychiatrists, 13 lawyers and 4 psychologists. Fellows will be participants in the Department's resident teaching program. Research opportunities are available and encouraged either through participation in ongoing faculty work or development of an independent project with faculty supervision.

Landy Sparr, MD
Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director

Stephanie Maya Lopez, MD
Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Associate Program Director

The mission of the forensic psychiatry program is to train psychiatrists to have proficiency in the subspecialty of psychiatry and the law. To that end fellows should develop skill in integrating legal issues with the field of psychiatry. The clinical application of this training will be oriented towards public service in a variety of community settings and will be attentive to the specific and unique aspects of psychiatry and the law and the needs of those receiving the services. A carefully selected range of clinical experience and didactic education should allow fellows to become well-versed in basic criminal and civil law.

Guided by the mission statement the fellows will become familiar with the fundamentals of law, legal statutes, and administrative regulations as they relate to psychiatry and the law. They will attain competencies in core clinical skills particularly psychiatric assessment in a forensic setting as well as an understanding of basic civil and criminal procedure. They will learn to advocate on behalf of underserved clients. They will learn to make informed decisions in forensic settings and will gain experience in the review of legal documents and the preparation of written reports and/or testimony.