Medical College of Georgia
Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior: Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Dr. Jessica Britt is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. Dr. Britt is also a Licensed Psychologist on one of the inpatient forensic wards at East Central Regional Hospital (ECRH). She provides treatment services, conducts forensic evaluations, and supervises trainees. She received her BA in Psychology from Auburn University and her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology) from Palo Alto University. Dr. Britt completed a predoctoral internship at Napa State Hospital, during which she completed major rotations in neuropsych forensic evaluations, Competency Restoration, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity assessment and treatment, and comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Persistent Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) psychology through the partnership between Augusta University and East Central State Hospital, during which she completed major rotations in neurocognitive assessments, forensic evaluations (Competency to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility, and Violence Risk Assessments), and DBT group therapy. Her publications span in the areas of forensics, substance abuse, and neuropsychology. Current research interests include evaluating psychological factors related to insanity acquittals and factors leading to recidivism
My research interest are in the areas of forensics and neuropsychology. During my graduate studies, personality characteristics of psychopathy and treatment amenability became the focus of my dissertation. My dissertation research examined the relationship between psychopathic personality characteristics and long-term substance treatment outcomes among veterans enrolled in residential treatment programs. Conclusions drawn from my dissertation were able to target subsamples of psychopathic veterans who were less amenable to substance treatment 12-months post discharge. Within the field of neuropsychology, my research focus included topics such as the impact of PTSD on test performance on verbal learning and facial recognition assessments among veterans. Current projects include evaluating psychological and cognitive factors related to insanity acquittals and future risk of violence among offenders.