Scientific Advances Bring Major Changes to Forensic Psychiatry

As it ends its second decade as an official subspecialty, the field of forensic psychiatry is digesting dramatic changes that are making it more science based and expanding the areas in which it contributes expertise.

“Clinical evaluations have in many settings been supplemented by more systematic data-gathering tools, such as scales for the assessment of symptoms and mental states.” In addition, “forensic psychiatry has become much more important in child custody, disability evaluations, and perhaps more significantly for the public, in sickness-for-duty evaluations,” said Patricia Recupero, M.D., J.D., a professor of psychiatry at Brown University.

–Psychiatric News Alert

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