What is Forensic Psychiatry?

A subspecialty certification by the Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Practitioners require special skills in knowledge and evaluation of sexual disorders, antisocial personality disorders, paranoid disorders, and addictive disorders. The forensic psychiatrist requires special skills and training in using information such as police reports, interviews with relatives and witnesses, and careful review of prior medical records. The forensic psychiatrist who performs evaluations requiring reports and testimony also must be familiar with certain legal concepts and structures. These include the organization and structure of the judicial system, statutory, case, and administrative law, rules of evidence, specific case law relevant to mental disorders in the practice of psychiatry, and the organization and operation of the legislative process.