The Forensic Services Unit provides pretrial evaluation and dedicated forensic treatment services for the State of North Carolina. Forensic psychiatry residents rotate on the Pretrial Evaluation Service for 6-months, during which, under supervision, they evaluate inpatient and outpatient criminal defendants to determine competency to stand trial, mental state at the time of the alleged offense, and other forensic questions as ordered by the court. The Forensic Evaluation Service provides residents with exposure to adult and juvenile defendants of both genders. Under supervision, residents are expected to lead the evaluation process, write a report for the court; and testify as an expert witness when subpoenaed. Residents will have the opportunity to conduct forensic consultations for patients at other state psychiatric hospitals. Residents are expected to take a role in teaching general psychiatry residents and medical students during elective forensic psychiatry rotations.
Core Faculty:, Ph.D.; David Batholomew, M.D.; Bruce Berger, M.D.; Jill Volin, M.D.; LaVonne Fox, Psy.D.; Angel Gray, J.D.; David Hattem, Ph.D.; Mark Hazelrigg, Ph.D.; Nancy Laney, Ph.D.; Charles Vance, M.D., Ph.D.; Rebecca Semble, M.D.
Residents rotate for six months in the mental health unit of either the Central Prison or the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. The mental health units provide inpatient mental health services to North Carolina prison inmates and pretrial detainees. Under the supervision, forensic psychiatry residents will lead a treatment team providing correctional mental health assessment and treatment services to inpatient inmates.
Core Faculty: Ralph Newman, M.D.
University of North Carolina Hospitals Forensic Psychiatry Clinic
The clinic provides adult outpatient civil and criminal forensic evaluation services in an academic private practice setting. During a six month rotation, forensic psychiatry residents will gain experience in civil forensic psychiatry by involvement and review of forensic civil cases under the supervision of a faculty member. Residents will review case materials, write reports, and assist faculty members in a variety of civil forensic issues including medical malpractice, personal injury, and fitness for duty as opportunities arise. In addition, Residents also provide forensic consultation services for other services in the Hospital.