Dr. James HicksDr. Hicks is a forensic psychiatrist who practices and teaches in New York City. He is associate clinical director at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, where he is in charge of psychiatric training and forensic evaluation. He is an assistant clinical professor at New York University School of Medicine and principal faculty for the fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He also trains residents from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and other residency programs. He is the author of the award-winning guide to psychiatric symptoms and treatment, 50 Signs of Mental Illness.

Dr. Hicks obtained his medical degree and completed his psychiatric residency at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He specialized in the field of psychiatry and the law in fellowship at New York University. Dr. Hicks is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He has had extensive experience evaluating and treating individuals with a wide range of mental illnesses.

Dr. Hicks' research and teaching interests include psychopharmacology, schizophrenia, mood disorders, delirium and dementia, psychopathic personality, legal regulation, hospital administration, malingering, risk assessment, competency, sexuality, ethnicity, and ethics.

Dr. Hicks has been qualified as an expert witness in hundreds of psychiatric cases. He has performed more than a thousand forensic evaluations in cases involving mental illness, criminal responsibility, fitness to stand trial, sexual offenders, involuntary commitment, involuntary treatment, malpractice, and personal injury.

Dr. Hicks was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He has lived in Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Columbus, London, and New York City.

Select Publications:

50 Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press, 2005

Ethnicity, Race and Forensic Psychiatry: Are We Color-Blind?
Review article with commentaries, Journal of the AmericanAcademy of Psychiatry and the Law, 32 (1): 21-33, 200

Legal Regulation of Psychiatry
Chapter in Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, 2nd edition, edited by Richard Rosner, New York: Oxford University Press: pages 850-876, 2003

Download Dr. Hicks’ abbreviated curriculum vitae (PDF 31 KB)

Contact Information

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Dr. James Hicks, M.D.
Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center
Wards Island
New York, NY 10035
(646) 672-5802

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