Psychiatry and Law Program

Stephen Dinwiddie, M.D.

The Psychiatry and Law Program provides clinical evaluation and record review for a wide variety of legal and insurance issues. The clinicians in the program (psychiatrists and psychologists) work as expert witnesses and consult to attorneys in cases where psychiatric issues are raised. This may be in the setting of criminal cases to address questions such as fitness to stand trial, state of mind at the time of the crime, or mitigating circumstances in sentencing. Civil issues include medical malpractice; personal injury with allegations of mental health injuries; decision-making capacity, competence and guardianship; and fitness for duty or other independent medical evaluations for legal or insurance purposes.