POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
Augusta University/East Central Regional Hospital
This fellowship in forensic psychology is offered through a partnership between East
Central Regional Hospital (ECRH) and Augusta University (AU). The fellowship has two full-time
positions available each year. The 2019-2020 year will be our ninth year and we are
privileged to be part of the psychiatry department at Augusta University where a high
priority is afforded to excellent clinical care and training.
ECRH is a state run intermediate-security mental health facility, while Augusta University is a large publically operated medical school. Located in Augusta, Georgia this fellowship program offers a year-long training sequence with a specialization in public sector forensic inpatient (i.e., completed at the hospital) and outpatient (i.e., completed with individuals who are incarcerated or on bond) evaluations. There are also opportunities to be part of various civil evaluations conducted through Augusta University and private practice. (e.g., fitness for duty).
Fellows are given an opportunity to evaluate individuals who have been charged with a wide-variety of criminal offenses, including: murder, aggravated assault, rape, and child molestation. The fellowship offers specialized training in conducting competency to proceed to trial, criminal responsibility (insanity), and violence risk assessments.
Fellows will have opportunities to conduct evaluations on diverse individuals covering major diagnostic categories, including: psychotic disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, malingering, and intellectual disabilities. At the hospital, there are three units that house 72 forensic individuals who are diverse in terms of age, race, and socioeconomic status. Clinical training experiences include conducting comprehensive assessments of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility (insanity), and violence risk. Some of the cases are high profile so there will be opportunities to observe testimony and fellows will have the opportunity to provide expert testimony. When the fellow is required to testify, they will be accompanied to court by their supervisor.
Our forensic fellows are provided with extensive psycholegal education.
The fellowship includes supervised forensic clinical experiences, weekly seminars in mental health case law/forensic issues, and protected research time. In these ways, the fellowship embraces the tripartite model of education: clinical excellence, didactic education, and scholarship. Gaining advanced knowledge in forensic psychology requires exposure to a variety of criminal and forensic issues, training in case law, and didactic seminars. Each fellow should finish the year being well versed in public sector criminal-forensic evaluations and gain knowledge grounded in scientific theory as it relates to criminal forensic psychology.