Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Isaac Ray Research Program in Behavioral Sciences and the Law at Northwestern Medicine

Our Mission:

To champion multidisciplinary research at the intersection of human behavior and legal systems, in order to develop evidence-based interventions, improve public policy, and advance justice.

Current research efforts within the Program:

Our Success

Recent Publications

Our Story

The Isaac Ray Center was founded in 1979 by James L. Cavanaugh, Jr., MD. Over 40 years, the Isaac Ray Center research division published hundreds of articles and book chapters contributing to the field of forensic psychiatry. The Center engaged in numerous forensic and correctional psychiatric service delivery contracts, including the Cook County Jail and Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and the forensic fellowship program trained 40 fellows. 

Upon the retirement of James Cavanaugh, MD, the assets of the Isaac Ray Center are being transferred to the Northwestern Memorial Foundation to establish an Isaac Ray Research Program in Behavioral Sciences and the Law at Northwestern Medicine, within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, to continue research at the interface of behavioral sciences and the law. 

How to Contribute

To make a gift in honor of James L. Cavanaugh, MD to support this research, or for more information, please contact:

Marleana Cross, Manager, Philanthropy
Northwestern Memorial Foundation
at 312.926.9127 or

Michael  Brook, PhD

Michael Brook, PhD
Interim Director


Meet the Faculty

Karen Abram, PhD
Cara Angelotta, MD
Stephen H Dinwiddie, MD
Robert E Hanlon, PhD
Barbara A Kahn, JD
Phillip C O’Donnell, MJ PhD
Linda A Teplin, PhD
Jason J Washburn, PhD