Institute of Psychiatry and Law
Division of Psychiatry and Law/USC Institute of Psychiatry
and Law represents the major resource organization in
Los Angeles County and in Southern California possessing an
interdisciplinary team of mental health and legal professionals
trained and experienced in the interface of psychiatry/psychology
and the law.
Direct service activities consist of civil, criminal, juvenile,
and family law evaluation and court testimony, if necessary.
Direct service activities also include forensic treatment
for mentally disordered offenders for whom community treatment
resources are sparse.
Additionally, consultation to medical centers for a wide
variety of health and mental health professionals is provided.
The Division/Institute also provides consultative, educational
and informational services to community care facilities, government
agencies, human services, law enforcement, the justice system,
mental health agencies and the community at large.
There is also an ACGME accredited fellowship in forensic
psychiatry and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology)
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute.
The Zilkha Neurogenetic
Institute at USC is the center of USC neuroscience research
on the Health Sciences campus. Completed in January 2003,
the ZNI provides a home for laboratory scientists from the
Departments of Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Preventive
Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics, Cell and Neurobiology.
Current research into the basic pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric
brain illness has yielded extensive understanding of these
illnesses. However, much work remains to be accomplished.
The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern
California intends to be at the forefront of research efforts
in both psychiatry and neurology.
As a result of progress in many areas of medicine, longevity
has increased. This has contributed to an increase in neuropsychiatric
problems related to the
aging nervous system. Dementias including Alzheimer's disease,
vascular diseases, brain tumors, and Parkinson's Disease are
becoming more prevalent as our population ages. At the same
time, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), neuro-AIDS,
and peripheral neuropathy are more easily diagnosed and treated.
Geriatric Studies Center
Geriatric Studies Center is staffed by USC faculty and
physicians with expertise in Alzheimer's disease and age related
memory loss. The center provides evaluation, diagnosis and
treatment recommendations, referral to caregiver services
and support groups, and the opportunity to participate in
clinical drug trials with the most recent advances in medications
for memory problems.
Laboratory of Vertebrate Functional Brain Mapping
of Vertebrate Functional Brain Mapping's research centers
around the brain imaging of animal behaviors as they occur
in the nontethered, nonrestrained animal. This emphasis is
part of a broader interest in the characterization of the
neurobiology, behavior and physiologic function of specific
animal models of human behavior and mental illness