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Richard Cockerill

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Richard Cockerill has experience in criminal and civil forensic psychiatry, including insanity, diminished capacity, competency to stand trial, and disability evaluations. He has a special interest in forensic ethics, and his most recent scholarship explores ethical issues raised by the use of artificial intelligence in forensic psychiatric assessment. He is currently working in an inpatient competency restoration program at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital, the first such program in the state, and is developing forensic psychiatry rotations for medical students, residents, and fellows on the new forensic unit at Ingalls.

His academic work has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Focus, Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, and the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, and has been presented at national meetings, garnering popular media attention, including in the periodical MedPage Today. He is also regularly engaged in criminal and civil cases as an expert witness.

Cockerill holds a master of bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MD from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. He completed his forensic psychiatry fellowship at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also trained for residency in general psychiatry.

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