SACRAMENTO — Charles L. Scott, UC Davis professor of clinical psychiatry, has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for 2010-11 and will serve as president in 2011-12.
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching and research in forensic psychiatry. Founded in 1969, the academy currently has more than 1,500 members in North America and around the world. Its goal is to promote scientific and educational activities in forensic psychiatry by facilitating the exchange of ideas and practical clinical experience through publications and regularly scheduled national and regional meetings.
Scott also is chief of the Division of Psychiatry and the Law, and forensic psychiatry training director for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is board-certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Currently, he is vice president of the academy and also is president of the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships.
Scott has served as a member of the academy’s national task forces to develop guidelines for the evaluation of criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial. He also serves as one of four national forensic psychiatry review course faculty instructors for the organization and was named as the most outstanding forensic teacher in the United States in a forensic fellowship program in 2008.
He has served as a forensic-psychiatric consultant to jails, prisons, maximum security forensic inpatient units and to the National Football League, providing training on violence risk assessment for NFL counselors. He has been an editor and/or co-editor of four books and has published articles and book chapters in the areas of risk assessment of violence and aggression, the death penalty, juvenile violence and mental-health law.
Scott’s research interests include the relationship of substance use to aggression among mentally disordered offenders. He lectures nationally on the topics of violence risk assessment, juvenile violence, substance use and violence, the assessment of sex offenders, correctional psychiatry and malpractice issues in mental health.
The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation’s leading medical schools, recognized for its specialty- and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health.
(Source: University Of California)