Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Forensic Psychiatry

The Division of Forensic Psychiatry (formerly known as the Division of Psychiatry and Law) offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in forensic psychiatry. Graduates of the 12-month program satisfy all requirements and are eligible to take the ABPN subspecialty certification examination.

Forensic psychiatry is a subspecialty within psychiatry that deals with the interface of mental health issues and the law. This includes matters of civil, criminal, and administrative law as well as evaluation and specialized treatment of individuals involved with the legal system at a variety of levels including those incarcerated in jails, prisons, and forensic psychiatric hospitals. This specialty is formally recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, which offers added qualifications and board certification in this field.


The Division of Psychiatry and Law program provides training in civil, criminal, clinical, consultative and correctional forensic psychiatry to forensic faculty, residents, and medical students. The goal of the Division of Psychiatry and Law is to enable psychiatrists to understand and effectively interface with the legal system and, via the various programs described below, to provide ethical, quality, and timely professional expert services in a wide variety of civil and criminal forensic evaluations.

The forensic teaching staff consists of forensic psychiatrists, psychiatrists, forensic psychologists, psychologists, and attorneys, including law enforcement personnel. Teaching activities involve case consultation, peer review, and didactic seminars.The psychiatry resident seminars cover topics in civil and criminal law as well as forensic psychiatry that are pertinent to the practicing forensic psychiatrist.


Stephen Dinwiddie, MD

Stephen Dinwiddie, M.D.
Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry

Contact Us

Contact Administrative Assistant Sandra Downey for more information about the Forensic Psychiatry fellowship.

Sandra Downey

Contact Division Director of Forensic Psychiatry Stephen Dinwiddie for education or research information.

Stephen Dinwiddie, MD

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.