Forensic Psychiatrist in Napa, California

Bridging the gap between
psychiatry & the law

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Dr. Austin Blum

Credentials

Dr. Blum is double Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and licensed to practice medicine in California and Illinois.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Dr. Blum has conducted over 30 forensic psychiatric evaluations and consultations.
  • Testified at trial in Alameda County Superior Court.
  • Training and supervised forensic assessments: Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California, Davis.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Blum is currently a psychiatrist at Napa State Hospital in Napa, California, specializing in the treatment of sexual offenders hospitalized under forensic commitment statutes (such as NGRI).

Medical and Legal Education

Dr. Blum earned a J.D. from Cornell Law School and served as a member of the Cornell Law Review before attending the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. This background shaped his understanding of the intricate connections between law and human behavior.
As a forensic expert, Dr. Blum seeks to integrate his knowledge of law and psychiatry in each evaluation or consultation.

Practice Areas

Dr. Blum’s forensic expertise includes:

  • Competency to stand trial
  • Criminal responsibility (insanity defense)
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs)
  • Psychiatric malpractice
  • Undue influence
  • Violence and sexual risk assessments

Criminal Matters

  • Competency to stand trial
  • Criminal responsibility (insanity defense)
  • Violence and sexual risk assessments

Civil Law

  • Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs)
  • Psychiatric malpractice
  • Undue influence

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