Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Program Director: Jeremy Colley, MD
Associate Program Director: Bipin Subedi, 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 five principal rotations, each lasting ten to eleven weeks. These rotations include a court-based evaluation clinic, an acute forensic psychiatric unit located in a general hospital, a correctional facility, a forensic state hospital, and a court 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, and multiple mock trial experiences.

Classes and administrative offices are centrally located in Manhattan at Bellevue Hospital Center. All sites are based in New York City and are accessible by public transportation. The forensic private practice rotation 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 and clinical private practice work is permitted during the fellowship year.

Daily Schedule

Weekday schedule for forensic psychiatry fellowship.

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.

Rikers Island Correctional Center

The rotation at Rikers Island under Correctional Health Services broadens trainee exposure to a jail setting, as well as provides an opportunity to treat a more diverse range of psychopathology and treat female patients. The rotation will involve 3 days per week of patient care under the supervision of a correctional psychiatrist. This includes providing treatment on a specialized mental health unit and jail mental health clinic. During intakes, the fellows will be evaluating all patients referred to the mental health service, from those who need monthly visits for medications to those who need to be referred to the hospital. In addition to the above, fellows will participate in a weekly correctional psychiatry journal club with other trainees, will attend NYC Board of Correction hearings and other city government meetings with the Chief of Service for Psychiatry, and will be invited to participate in a wide range of ongoing research in the field.

Correctional Health Services 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 women and defendants aged 13 years and older. Fellows may be asked to testify in criminal court regarding their trial competency findings.

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 per 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, 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, and introduction to forensic research.  The NYU curriculum also includes a year-long seminar on ethics, the basics of law, and addiction medicine for forensic psychiatrists In addition, the fellows gain experience in teaching medical students and residents, and fellows 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 fellows.

Supervision and Mentoring

Fellows work with a large and diverse group of faculty members during didactics and rotation sites.  We value trainee exposure to forensic psychiatrists who have a range of clinical, academic, and personal interests.  Site-supervisors are responsible for the administration of the academic program at each rotation site and also provide mid-way and final feedback.

Bellevue Hospital Jail Forensic Psychiatry Inpatient Service

  • Jeremy Colley, MD

Rikers Island Correctional Center

  • Lauren Stossel, MD

Correctional Health Services Forensic Psychiatry Court Clinic

  • Daniel Mundy, MD

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center

  • James Hicks, MD

Manhattan Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

  • Scott Soloway, MD

The Private Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

  • Victoria Dinsell, MD

Applying:

There are five 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.

Forensic fellowships do not participate in The Match. In October 2019, the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships (ADFPF) approved the use of a common application form for the 2021-2022 fellowship year. For further information please go to the AAPL ADFPF website. Applicants can access ADFPF application instructions here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and continue to be reviewed until we have filled all positions. Per ADFPF, programs can begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 fellowship year starting on January 1, 2020. Interviews cannot begin before April 1, 2020 and applicants cannot be asked to accept or decline an offer before May 1, 2020. Given the above, we expect that most programs will attempt to interview as many applicants as possible during the month of April.  NYU encourages prospective trainees to submit completed applications as soon as possible, latest by March 15th, to be considered for an April interview. However, all applications will be considered for interview and acceptance, even if submitted after March 15th, depending on available openings.

At NYU, interviews are held on Friday mornings. They include meetings with faculty representatives from each rotation as well as a chance to meet current fellows.

We at NYU recognize that there may be a lack of consistency regarding the selection process during this period of transition.  We strive to be transparent about our procedures and encourage applicants to email us with any questions.

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 Langone does not offer H-1B sponsorship for house staff, residents, or fellows. J-1 sponsorship is available through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Application Procedure

Application materials for the 2021-2022 training year may be submitted any time after January 1, 2020 and must be received by August 30, 2020. This includes the ADFPF 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 and Dr. Bipin Subedi.

Core Application (materials that should be submitted directly by the applicant):

  1. A completed ADFPF common application form (Download common application)
  2. Documents from the ADFPF common application checklist (Download checklist)
    1. Photograph
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. A personal statement about your interest and experience in forensic psychiatry, as well as your specific interest in our program.
    4. De-identified clinical or forensic writing sample
    5. Copy of medical school diploma
    6. International medical school graduates must also submit a valid ECFMG certificate and proof of Visa status or U.S. Citizenship.
    7. Copy of current medical license
    8. Copy of USMLE/COMLEX scores

Letters of Recommendation (as per ADFPF)

  1. 3 letters of reference, one of which must be from your current program director, or, if you have completed training within the past five years, the director of the program from which you graduated most recently. If you have not been in training in the past five years then a training director letter is not required.
    1. Letters of reference should be submitted directly by their authors to Ms. Young-Nuzzi. Electronic submission in PDF form is preferred.
  2. Official copy of medical school transcript and dean’s letter
    1. The above should also be sent directly to Ms. Young-Nuzzi.

Recent Graduates:

Class of 2017

Kandace Licciardi, MD
AOT Psychiatrist
Brooklyn/Staten Island Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Ashish Meshram, MD
Attending Psychiatrist
Manhattan Psychiatric Center

Joseph Otonichar, MD
Supervising Psychiatrist
Correctional Health Services (Rikers Island), NYC Health + Hospitals

Lauren Stossel, MD
Director of Medical Education
Correctional Health Services (Rikers Island), NYC Health + Hospitals

Class of 2016

Scott Gershan, MD
Inpatient Attending, Department of Psychiatry  
Clinical Assistant Professor
Rush University School of Medicine

Yaser Haq, MD
Psychiatrist, Cook County Jail

Nathaniel Mendelsohn, MD
Attending, Assistant Outpatient Treatment
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Suchet Rao, MD
Assistant Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
New York City Administration for Children's Services
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

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

Louis S. Martone, M.D.
Forensic and General Psychiatry Private Practice: Martone Forensic and General Psychiatric Services, P.C.
Forensic Psychiatrist: Pre-trial Services Allegheny County Behavior Assessment Unit
Attending Psychiatrist: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

For more information contact:

Jeremy Colley, MD
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Jeremy.Colley@nyulangone.org

Bipin Subedi, MD
Associate Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Bipin.Subedi@nyulangone.org

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