Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Program Director: Bipin Subedi, MD
Program Associate Director: Rebecca Lewis, MD

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About the Program

The NYU Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited one-year full time program designed to develop proficiency in all aspects of forensic psychiatric practice.  This includes evaluation, report writing, courtroom testimony and treatment in correctional settings. Fellows participate in supervised clinical experiences in four principal rotations, each lasting three months. These rotations include a court-based evaluation clinic, an acute psychiatric unit for pre-trial detainees, a forensic state hospital, and a mandated outpatient treatment program. Fellows also have a part-time supervised clinical rotation in a general forensic psychiatry private practice, which includes exposure to civil cases. Evaluation, research and teaching skills are emphasized at all of our principal clinical sites. In addition to the didactics described below, fellows participate in an original scholarly project that is submitted for Grand Rounds, a Mental Health Disability law class at NYU School of Law, mock trial experiences, and a field trip to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments about a mental health case.

Classes and administrative offices are centrally located in Manhattan at Bellevue Hospital Center. Fellows rotate at four primary sites for three months each.  All sites are based in New York City and are easily accessible by public transportation. The forensic private practice elective takes place for one half-day for six months in a local private office. Trainees are expected to be at rotation sites from approximately 9am to 5pm daily. Moonlighting is permitted.

Daily Schedule

Fellowship Rotations

Bellevue Hospital Jail Forensic Psychiatry Inpatient Service

This rotation is designed to assist fellows in the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to treat mentally ill individuals in the correctional setting.  The jail unit is located at Bellevue Hospital and services acutely ill psychiatric inpatients who are in the custody of the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Corrections. The patient population consists of men ages 16 years and older with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including a large percentage of seriously mentally ill, all of who are facing legal issues at any point from arrest to conviction and sentencing.  Fellows will also testify in matters of treatment over objection and hospital retention during this rotation.

Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Court Clinic

This rotation aims to teach fellows how to perform comprehensive criminal outpatient forensic examinations and write concise forensic psychiatric reports for submission to the courts and probation department.  The population being evaluated spans a broad demographic spectrum and wide range of psychopathology.  This includes females and defendants aged 13 years and older.  Fellows may be asked to testify in criminal court regarding their trial competency findings during this rotation. 

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center

This rotation is aimed at developing evaluation and writing skills for longer and more comprehensive forensic reports.  Fellows will be working with individuals at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, a maximum-security hospital of the New York State Office of Mental Health that provides treatment for insanity acquittees, incompetent defendants, and civilly committed patients who cannot be managed in less secure settings.  Fellows primarily perform dangerousness assessments on insanity acquittees to determine the risk of transfer to a less restrictive setting.  In addition, fellows will perform evaluations for treatment over objection and run two therapeutic groups a week.  Trainees testify while at Kirby.

Manhattan Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT)

During this rotation fellows are taught to perform comprehensive forensic examinations for individuals referred for court-mandated outpatient treatment pursuant to Kendra's Law in New York State. The population being evaluated consists of a broad demographic spectrum, a wide range of psychopathology, and male and female clients. Testimony is prepared and presented before the Court on each eligible case. 

The Private Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

Fellows spend a half-day a week for six months learning about the private practice of general and child/adolescent forensic psychiatry. Multiple cases are conducted under the supervision of expert faculty. A wide range of evaluations are offered, including: child custody, juvenile justice, criminal responsibility, personal injury, disability, immigration issues, fitness for duty, testamentary capacity, personal injury, guardianship, domestic violence and eyewitness cases.  Fellows perform evaluations, write reports, and have opportunities to observe faculty testify in both criminal and civil courts.

Didactic Curriculum

The didactic core curriculum includes educational modules on forensic assessment, criminal law, civil law, mental health law, correctional psychiatry, law and the legal system, child and adolescent forensic psychiatry, neuroscience in forensic psychiatry, special issues in forensic assessment, and introduction to forensic research.  The NYU curriculum also includes a year-long seminar on ethics, the basics of law, administrative psychiatry, and addiction medicine for forensic psychiatrists In addition, the fellows gain experience in teaching medical students and residents, and participate in a journal club that reviews the latest literature on issues and research in forensic psychiatry. One and one-half days per week are dedicated to this robust curriculum; one day of didactics is shared with the other NYC-area forensic psychiatry fellowships, and one half-day is reserved for NYU residents only.

Supervision and Mentoring

Forensic Psychiatry Inpatient Program (19W/19N), Bellevue Hospital Center

  • Bipin Subedi, MD, Site Supervisor

Forensic Psychiatry Clinic (FPC)

  • Steven Ciric, MD, Medical Director

Manhattan Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

  • Scott Soloway, MD, Director

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (Kirby)

  • James Hicks, MD, Associate Clinical Director

The Private Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

  • Karen Rosenbaum, MD, Site Supervisor
  • Stephen Billick, MD
  • Eric Goldsmith, MD

Applying:

There are four positions for each academic year. All applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency prior to entering the program.  We look for mature, motivated physicians who enjoy working with individuals in the public sector.  We consider such factors as one’s writing ability, research experience, leadership potential, flexible temperament, and career goals. We strive for a well-rounded, diverse class with individual strengths in different areas.  Current employment for recent graduates is listed at the bottom of this page. 

The program begins reviewing applications in May.  Interviews can take place as early as June, but are usually scheduled for July, August and early September. No application is considered for interview until the core application and at least one letter of recommendation have been received (see below). Interviews are held on Friday mornings.  They include meetings with faculty representatives from each rotation as well as a chance to meet current fellows. 

Forensic fellowships do not participate in The Match.  Each program has their own process for making and accepting offers.  At NYU, offers are made on a rolling basis, from mid-summer to early fall.  The rate at which offers are made varies from year to year, and is primarily dictated by the number of applications received.  Given the above, applicants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible.  All application materials must be received in order to be considered for a fellowship position.  Please email Dr. Subedi with any questions about the selection and offer process.

An offer of employment is not final until the fellow has been successfully credentialed by the NYU office of Graduate Medical Education. Terms of employment, including current year salary levels, benefits, duty hours, moonlighting policy, etc., may be found at http://med.nyu.edu/gme/policies-procedures.

NYU currently supports J1 and H1B visa applications from physicians who have completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency.

Application Procedure

Application materials for the upcoming training year may be submitted beginning April 15th, and must be received by August 30th. This includes the core application and three letters of recommendation (see below for more details). The complete core application should be emailed in PDF form to Ms. Young-Nuzzi, with Dr. Subedi copied.

Core Application:

  1. A completed application form (Download PDF)
  2. Your curriculum vitae
  3. A personal statement about why you wish to train in this fellowship (one to two pages)
  4. De-identified clinical or forensic writing sample
  5. Photograph
  6. International medical school graduates must also submit a valid ECFMG certificate and proof of Visa status or U.S. Citizenship.

Letters of Recommendation

  1. A letter from your Residency Training Director.
  2. Two letters of reference from persons who are familiar with the nature and quality of your work.
  3. Letters of reference should be submitted directly by their authors to Ms. Young-Nuzzi. Electronic submission in PDF form is preferred.

Recent Graduates:

Class of 2015

Victoria Dinsell, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry Service
Bellevue Hospital Center
Assistant Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Lianne Morris Smith, MD
Medical Director, Outpatient Clinic
Manhattan Psychiatric Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Martin Nau, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry Service
Bellevue Hospital Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Jessica Silberlicht, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry Service
Bellevue Hospital Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Class of 2014

Danielle Kushner, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry Service
Bellevue Hospital Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Megan Mroczkowski, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Psychiatry Emergency Service
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New-York Presbyterian Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University Medical Center
Child and Adult Forensic Psychiatry Private Practice, Manhattan

Christopher Racine, MD, MPH
Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services
Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Frank Tedeschi, M.D.
Medical Director of Psychiatry, Bellevue Juvenile Justice Mental Health Service Crossroads Juvenile Center and Horizon Juvenile Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Clinical Private Practice, Manhattan

Class of 2013

Wiktoria Bielska MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
Bellevue Hospital Center 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine
Clinical and Forensic Psychiatry Private Practice, Manhattan

Varendra Gosein, MD
Senior Supervising Psychiatrist
California Department of Corrections
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Panagiota Korenis, MD 
Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

For more information contact:

Bipin Subedi, MD
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Bipin.Subedi@nyumc.org

Rebecca Lewis, MD
Associate Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Rebecca.Lewis@nyumc.org

Tanisha Young-Nuzzi, MA
Senior Program Coordinator
NYU School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, 8th Flr.
1 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(646) 754-5438
Tanisha.Young-Nuzzi@nyumc.org