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Stanford Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Fellows rotate at the VA PM&R inpatient and outpatient units, with the goal of developing particular expertise in evaluating claims of brain damage and other biological factors in leading to offensive behaviors, guiding sentencing determinations, and assessing disability.

Correctional rotations are based in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation system, primarily at San Quentin and CHCF (California Health Care Facility, a California State prison dedicated to inmates with medical and psychiatric needs).

Our fellowship is integrated with the Stanford School of Law. Fellows can elect to participate in didactics at the School of Law, which include courses on Neuroethics by Hank Greely, Mental Health Law, and Criminal Law. In addition, fellows will integrate with law students on a wide range of cases as part of the Law Student Clinic.

Fellows have protected time throughout the year to access and participate in a wide range of research efforts in the Law School, School of Medicine, Center for Biomedical Ethics, and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. Stanford is fortunate to house all its schools on one unified campus, thus enabling ideal conditions for cross-fertilization and idea incubation, which drive innovation and scholarship.

Our fellowship is ACGME accredited for 2 fellows, beginning with our inaugural class starting July 1, 2022.

How to Apply

In addition to the common application, we have one additional requirement: a 1-2 page proposal for an academic conference to be held at Stanford during the fellowship year. We encourage applicants to propose a topic of interest in neurolaw, but any topic relevant to forensic psychiatry is acceptable (see Stanford-specific application checklist).

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. Octavio Choi, for any questions regarding the fellowship and/or application process.

Positions for 2022-2023 have been filled.

Program Leadership and Faculty

Program Director, Stanford University Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) &, by courtesy, of Pediatrics
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital, Emeritus
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychology
Adjunct Professor, Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and, Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics

Contact Information

Octavio Choi, MD, PhD
ochoi@stanford.edu
c/o Romola L. Breckenridge
Stanford University Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
401 Quarry Road, Room 2208
Stanford, CA  94305-5723

Romola L. Breckenridge
Program Coordinator
romola@stanford.edu
Ph: (650) 736-1743