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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Christopher Fields, MD, Susan C. Knight, PhD, ABPP, Bill Mulbry, MD, and Diana Mullis, MD


       Christopher Fields, MD, Susan C. Knight, PhD, ABPP, Bill Mulbry, MD, and Diana Mullis, MD


Christopher Fields, MD
Christopher Fields, MD, Fellowship Director for the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at MUSC and Assistant Professor, is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Fields completed Fellowships in Forensic Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.  Dr. Fields has experience with adult populations on forensic issues including: competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, mitigation, disability and Independent Medical Examinations.  Because he also has training and expertise with children, he specializes in child and family issues including: custody, visitation, parental fitness, termination of parental rights, abuse/neglect, juvenile competency to stand trial, juvenile waivers to adult court, and treatment of juvenile offenders.  Prior to his current work at MUSC, Dr. Fields served as medical director for a large residential psychiatric treatment facility for children in Atlanta, GA.  In addition to his forensic work, Dr. Fields has clinical roles at MUSC running an acute adult psychiatric unit and providing outpatient treatment for children and adolescents.  Given his clinical and administrative experience, Dr. Fields also has interests in psychiatric malpractice and suicide.

Susan C. Knight, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Susan Knight is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at the Charleston School of Law. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology. After completing an internship at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Knight specializes in criminal and civil forensic evaluations including the assessment of legal competencies, criminal responsibility, sexual offender evaluations, including sexually violent predator commitment evaluations, and fitness for duty evaluations for physicians and public safety professionals. At MUSC, she teaches forensic psychiatry, and supervises residents and fellows on forensic case work within the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program.

Diana Mullis, MD

Diana Mullis, M.D. is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She holds the positions of Assistant Medical Director for the Mental Health Service Line and Director of the Progressive Professional Program in the CPSP Division. Dr. Mullis is Board-certified in Psychiatry, a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and fellowship trained in Forensic Psychiatry and completed her residency training in Psychiatry and fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at MUSC. Prior to her psychiatric training and subsequent practice in the field of Psychiatry, she practiced several years as a board-certified physician in the field of Emergency Medicine.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Discuss the historical development in gun laws and the mentally ill in the United States.
2.  Describe the new South Carolina legislation addressing firearm rights and the mentally ill.
3.  Discuss required reporting by the Probate Courts.
4.  Explain legal requirements and limitations regarding the role of the psychiatrist and hospital.


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