Forensic Clinic

The Forensic Clinic in the Department of Psychology is run by Kirk Heilbrun, PhD. Three or four advanced students per year in the clinical doctoral program or law-psychology program take it as a 10-hour per week practicum. The clinic practicum involves the forensic assessment of adults and juveniles on criminal issues (e.g., competence to stand trial, federal sentencing, capital sentencing, juvenile commitment, juvenile decertification), and occasional evaluations of standard of practice or workplace disability in the civil domain. Supervision is provided through weekly meetings plus feedback on each of the steps involved in forensic assessments. Practicum students typically have the opportunity to work directly on 10-15 cases per year, and also to participate in discussions of cases on which they have not worked directly. In addition, clinic participants typically collaborate with Dr. Heilbrun in writing and submitting for publication one paper per year on a topic relevant to forensic mental health assessment.