Program in Psychiatry and the Law

What is Forensic Psychiatry?

Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry that encompasses the interface between the law and psychiatry.  A forensic psychiatrist can provide evaluations for numerous legal purposes, including competency to stand trial and mental state opinion, among others.

The Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Stanford is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of world-class faculty who combine clinical experience and specialized knowledge and experience in medicine, mental health, and ethics.  We are able to work on queries related to mental health issues that arise in criminal or civil law, on an individual, corporate, or government level.

How does it work?

Our mission is to provide you with the highest level of ethical, comprehensive, unbiased, and evidence-based forensic assessments possible.  We embrace the core values of integrity, excellence, and professionalism in all of our cases. We review all pertinent information and apply clinical expertise to each unique case to ensure that we are providing the most objective psychiatric assessments and expert opinions.

We will work with you to ensure that all evaluations and/or assessments address clinical and forensic considerations. These typically occur in our Outpatient Clinic located at 401 Quarry Road.

Our Academic Faculty and Staff

Our program’s faculty members are nationally recognized in their respective fields for high quality clinical care, research, education, and evaluation.  As such, we are able to provide expert testimony in many areas of specialization and have considerable experience with deposition and trial testimony in both civil and criminal proceedings.

Areas of Specialization

  • • Anxiety Disorders
  • • Bipolar Disorder
  • • Brain Injuries
  • • Chemical Dependency
  • • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • • Chronic Pain
  • • Competency Evaluations
  • • Dementia
  • • Eating Disorders
  • • Geriatric Mental Health
  • • Imaging
  • • Mood Disorders
  • • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • • Psychopharmacology
  • • Psychotherapy
  • • Sexual Harassment
  • • Sleep Disorders
  • • Somatization Disorder
  • • Women’s Wellness

Contact us

To learn more about the Program or to speak with one of our experts please contact us.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Program in Psychiatry and the Law

Voicemail:     (650) 497-7676
Fax:                  (650) 723-8216