UMMS Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

Faculty

Fellowship Director

Paul E. Noroian, M.D. 
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, UMMS
Chief of Psychiatry and Director, Forensic Service, Worcester State Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Psychiatrist, Worcester State Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center
Interests: Civil commitment, prosecution of patients, court mandated treatment

Debra Pinals, M.D.
Director of Forensic Education
Interests: Treatment of violence in the mentally ill, legal regulation of psychiatry, the interface of mental illness and the criminal justice system, mental health education for law enforcement, cross cultural issues in forensic psychiatry

Additional Core Teaching Faculty

Ira K. Packer, Ph.D. 
Director, Forensic Psychology Fellowship Training, UMMS
Director of Psychology and Forensic Service
Correctional Mental Health Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Violence risk assessment, prevalence of mental illness in the criminal justice system, evaluation and treatment of forensic clients

Thomas Grisso, Ph.D. 
Director, Law and Psychiatry Program, UMMS
Director, Forensic Training and Research, UMMS
Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Adolescent Offenders; Law & Psychology; patients' competence to consent to treatment; forensic (criminal) mental health issues & evaluations; juvenile violence & mental disorder

Albert J. Grudzinskas, Jr., J.D. 
Coordinator for Legal Studies Center for Mental Health Services Research, Law and Psychiatry Program, UMMS
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Law, UMMS
Interests: Involuntary outpatient commitment, diminished capacity, substance abuse, the presentation of expert testimony and trial tactics

Additional Law and Psychiatry Faculty

Stuart Anfang, M.D.
Area Medical Director, Western Mass Area, Department of Mental Health
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS

Kenneth Appelbaum, M.D. 
Director, Correctional Mental Health,
UMass Correctional Health Program
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Forensic psychiatry, correctional psychiatry, adult psychiatry, dangerousness, competency, law & psychiatry

Prudence Baxter, M.D. 
Director, Cambridge Court Clinic
Associate in Psychiatry, UMMS

Linda M. Cavallero, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UMMS
Director, UMass Family Court Clinic
Interests: child maltreatment, impact of high conflict divorces on children, assessment of parenting capacity, court ordered family assessment, mediation/arbitration of child related issues post divorce, research on brief, focused evaluations for the Family Court

Marjorie Clay, Ph.D. 
Medical Ethicist
Director, Office of Ethics
Professor of Family & Community Medicine, UMMS
Professor, Graduate School of Nursing
Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Science

Lori Cohen, Ph.D. 
Director, Lori Cohen, Ph.D. and Associates, LLP
Associate in Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: psychiatric disability assessment and consultation

Daniel Comiskey, M.D. 
Deputy Medical Director, Bridgewater State Hospital
Associate in Psychiatry, UMMS

Robert Diener, M.D. 
Medical Director, Bridgewater State Hospital
Associate in Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Forensic psychiatry, clinical psychiatry in forensic settings, psychotic disorders

Steven DeLisi, Ph.D.
Forensic Services, Bridgewater State Hospital

Geri Fuhrmann, Psy.D. 
Director, Child and Family Forensic Service
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Pediatric psychology; children and divorce, effect of divorce on children, legal and ethical issues in child psychology, mandatory parent education in separation and divorce

Jamie Krauss, Ph.D.
Forensic Psychologist
Bridgewater State Hospital

Charles W. Lidz, Ph.D. 
Research Professor of Psychiatry
Interests: Legal regulation of psychiatry, medical ethics, violence

Duncan MacCourt, MD, JD
Attending, Worcester State Hospital

Virginia Merritt, M.D. 
Staff Psychiatrist, Boston Juvenile Court Clinic
Interests: Parenting capacity, competence issues in Care and Protection cases, juvenile Rogers issues

Denise Mumley, Ph.D. 
Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Service, Worcester State Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Conducting court-ordered evaluations and risk assessment consultations. Research and academic interests include competence to stand trial, expert witness testimony, and ethical issues in forensic evaluation work

Christopher Myers, MD
Attending Psychiatrist
Bridgewater State Hospital

The Hon. Maurice H. Richardson (Ret.), J.D. 
Center for Mental Health Services Research
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS

Fabian Saleh, MD
Sexual Behaviors Clinic
Community Healthlink

Sarah S. Spratt, M.D. 
Attending Psychiatrist, Court Evaluation Unit, Worcester State Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS

Chad Tillbrook, Ph.D. 
Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Service, Worcester State Hospital
Associate Clinical Psychologist, UMMS
Interests: forensic mental health issues and evaluations; competence to stand trial for adults, juveniles, and persons with mental retardation; violence risk assessment; and malingering

Gina Vincent, Ph.D. 
Co-Investigator of the National Norms for the MAYSI-2 study
Project Director, Juvenile Competence
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: juvenile justice and adult forensic populations, particularly with respect to policy research, risk assessment and psychopathy

William Warnken, Psy.D. 
Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Service, Worcester State Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Forensic issues; domestic violence; treatment in a secure program

Valerie F. Williams, M.A., M.S. 
Research Instructor
Center for Mental Health Services Research
Department of Psychiatry, UMMS
Interests: Statistical methods in evaluative research, mental health needs of youth in the juvenile justice system, homelessness and housing, service system integration, and ethical issues in behavioral research

Faculty Resources for Law and Psychiatry Research

Need some empirical information about a legal or ethical question in psychiatry? Looking for research-based evidence on the value of assessment or treatment methods in forensic psychiatry or psychology? Are you interested in taking on a legally relevant research topic? We have prepared the following list of Law and Psychiatry faculty and their research interests in order to assist medical students, psychiatry residents, psychiatry and psychology fellows, and faculty who sometimes wish to obtain information about research topics in Law and Psychiatry. The list provides brief sketches of the research interests of our training and research faculty in the Law and Psychiatry Program as of 2004, as well as their phone numbers. Any of them would welcome scheduling a time with you to talk about your interests in forensic research, mental health and law, or legal/ethical issues in mental health practice.

Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., Director, Law and Psychiatry Program
Debra Pinals, Director of Forensic Education

Dr. Thomas Grisso (ext. 63625) has specialized interests in forensic issues in juvenile justice. His most recent and current research projects focus on (a) competence of juveniles in the adjudicative process (that is, youths' competence to stand trial), (b) identification and response to mental health needs of youths in the juvenile justice system, and (c) competence to consent to treatment among adults with mental disorders.

Dr. Jeffrey Geller (ext. 66527) has special research interests in the laws and system variables that influence the public sector provision of mental health services to persons with mental disorder. He is also specialized in research on pathological firesetting, and on the history and dynamics of the evolution of mental health and forensic services in the public sector.

Dr. Debra Pinals  has specialized interests in forensic issues related to mental health treatment, informed consent, and issues related to criminal competence restoration, including the relevance of new drug development in the treatment of forensic patients. She also is involved in research pertaining to cultural and racial effects on forensic service delivery and the role of forensic mental health professionals in training police officers.

Dr. Charles Lidz (ext 68716) has three primary research interests. The first concerns violence involving people with mental illness. Two current research projects are on-going. One involves intensive interviews with both parties involved in the violent incident seeking to generate a detailed description of those incidents. Another involves 26 weekly followups of 135 people who are predicted to be likely to be frequently violent. Other current research includes a project on informed consent to research and an effort to develop a scale of perceived coercion for patients in community care.

Dr. William Fisher (ext. 68711) has research interests in the structure and function of mental health services. Much of his research has focused on mental health services to forensic populations, including systems for delivery of forensic evaluations for the courts, the criminal court involvement of persons who are clients of the public mental health system, and systems issues in the provision of mental health services to forensic patients.

Mr. Albert Grudzinskas (ext.68719) is the Law and Psychiatry Program's lawyer. His interests focus on legal issues associated with juvenile justice, issues relating to treatment coercion, and the presentation of forensic mental health evidence before courts. His most recent research projects focus on (a) the transition of juveniles with serious emotional disturbance to various adult systems, (b) the impact of truth in sentencing legislation and the decline of parole on persons with mental illness, and (c) competence to proceed in civil and criminal settings.

Dr. Ira Packer (ext. 65957) has research interests in the structure and function of mental health services, as well as issues in correctional psychology and psychiatry. He brings special expertise to legally-relevant research questions on systems dynamics associated with mental health service delivery to forensic populations as a consequence of his public sector administrative experience with these issues.

Dr. Maryann Davis (ext. 68718) has special research interests in the developmental transition from adolescence to adulthood among adolescents with psychiatric disorders involved in public children's systems, including the juvenile justice system. Her most recent research project focuses on describing the official corrections involvement from childhood through young adulthood, and predictive factors of that involvement among individuals who received 'deep end' public adolescent psychiatric services.

Dr. Gina Vincent (ext. 68727) has interests in juvenile justice and adult forensic populations, particularly with respect to policy research, risk assessment and psychopathy. Current projects involve screening for mental health problems in juvenile justice setting with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory, developing an assessment system for adjudicative competence in juveniles, early identification of psychopathic personality disorder, violence risk assessment, and sexual offender risk assessment.