What is Forensic Psychiatry?
Forensic psychiatry is a medical subspecialty that includes research and clinical practice in the many areas in which psychiatry is applied to legal issues. Forensic psychiatrists work in a variety of areas in which the mental health and the law overlap. Forensic psychiatric evaluation is provided through our forensic clinic.
Examples include evaluations and consultations around the following:
- Risk assessment
- Traumatic brain injury
- Criminal responsibility
- Mental state at the time of the offense
- Competence, civil and criminal
- Child custody
- Psychiatric issues relevant to mitigation at sentencing, including capital sentencing
- Involuntary treatment
- Correctional psychiatry
- Juvenile justice
- Ethics and human rights
- Psychiatric damages relevant to civil litigation
- Independent medical evaluation
- Medical malpractice
- Disability status determinations
Eileen Ryan, DO
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Services, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Dr. Eileen Ryan is a board-certified psychiatrist in general, child and adolescent and forensic psychiatry. She is the Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Learn more about Dr. Ryan below.
Douglas Misquitta, MD
Assistant Professor - Clinical
Dr. Douglas Misquitta is a board-certified general psychiatrist with additional training in forensic psychiatry. He is the psychiatrist for the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs at Harding Hospital at The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center. Learn more about Dr. Misquitta below.