Law and Psychiatry Program


The Law and Psychiatry Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration of UMMS faculty devoted to research, training, and clinical services at the interfaces of the behavioral sciences, psychiatry, psychology, and the law. Begun in 1985 by Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., who served as the first Director of the program, the Program has grown and expanded in scope over the past three decades. Thomas Grisso, Ph.D. served as Director from 2006-2014, and continues to contribute to the Program as a Professor Emeritus. Currently, the program is co-directed by Ira K. Packer, Ph.D. and Gina Vincent, Ph.D.  Dr. Packer maintains primary responsibility for the training and clinical services components, and Dr. Vincent maintains primary responsibility for the research component.

The primary focus of the Law and Psychiatry Program is on public sector services. However, the program also provides services in the private sector on issues related to mental health and legal matters, such as psychiatric disability evaluations. Law and Psychiatry faculty also provide consultation on violence risk assessment and management to private psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and justice agencies.