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Forensic Psychiatry Division


SLU Forensic Psychiatry provides consultative services to attorneys and courts regarding mental conditions that may have legal significance. Three psychiatrists certified in the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry are experienced in Department of Psychiatryconducting forensic assessments, preparing forensic reports, consulting and testifying in depositions and trial. They can address a variety of civil and criminal legal issues involving behavior and mental conditions.

Issues for which SLU Forensic Psychiatry can provide helpful assessments and consultations include:

  • Criminal competencies including competence to stand trial
  • Mental criminal responsibility including insanity
  • Civil competencies
  • Guardianship in the elderly
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Contractual capacity
  • Employment Issues
    • Independent medical examinations
    • Psychiatry disability
    • Workers’ compensation
    • Fitness for duty
    • ADA evaluations
    • Wrongful discharge
    • Harassment
  • Personal Injury
    • Psychological traumas, e.g. PTSD
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Civil commitment and risk assessments

    Additionally other subspecialties in the SLU Department of Psychiatry  and Neuroscience and Department of Neurology are available to address specific problems such as brain injury in trauma victims (neurology) and competency and guardianship assessments (geriatric psychiatry).

    For an initial telephone consultation with a forensic psychiatrist, attorneys can call the SLU Forensic Psychiatry receptionist at 314-977-4825.

    SLUSOM Forensic Psychiatry Faculty
    Alan Felthous, M.D. Director
    William Newman, M.D. Director Forensic Psychiatry Training Program
    Jacqueline Landess, M.D., J.D. Director of Correctional Psychiatry