Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness
Linda D. Francis, MD, FAPA
Mill Valley, California 94941
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Dr. Francis specializes in the areas of civil and criminal competencies, criminal responsibility, psychiatric injury, and evaluations related to testamentary capacity and undue influence.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Francis completed her post-graduate fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco Langley Porter Institute in 2002. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991 and completed residency training at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Francis is in private practice in Wilmington North Carolina. She has over 25 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of psychiatric disorders in various settings including civil and forensic hospitals, outpatient clinics, detoxification units, nursing homes, jails and prisons.
Dr. Francis has performed numerous civil and criminal forensic psychiatric evaluations, and has been qualified as an expert in the field of psychiatry in depositions and in court. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law.
Her forensic areas of interest include civil and criminal competencies, criminal responsibility, psychiatric injury, and evaluations related to testamentary capacity and undue influence.
Dr. Francis has been an independent contractor to fpamed since 2019.
08/11-present - Private Practice, Linda D Francis MDPC, Wilmington NC
06/08-08/11 - Locum Tenens and Contract Psychiatrist, Wilmington NC
09/05-05/08 - Attending Psychiatrist, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Marion, VA
12/04-08/05 - Attending Psychiatrist, Catawba Hospital, Catawba, VA
12/03-11/04 - Chief Psychiatrist, Pleasant Valley State Prison, Coalinga, CA
08/03-09/03 - Correctional Psychiatrist (locum tenens) Arizona Department of Corrections and California Department of Corrections
07/02-07/03 - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, Univ. of California San Francisco
07/01-07/02 - Staff Psychiatrist, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington, NC)
02/99-07/02 - Private Practice of Psychiatry, Wilmington, NC
02/99-07/02 - Staff Psychiatrist, Southeastern Center for MH/DD/SAS, Wilmington, NC
06/97-02/99 - Staff Psychiatrist, Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids, NC and Riverstone Counseling Center, Roanoke Rapids, NC
11/96-05/97 - Interim Medical Director, Outpatient Services and Adult Partial Hospital, East Carolina School of Medicine (Greenville, NC)
08/95-10/96 - Staff Psychiatrist, Beaufort County Hospital/Tideland Mental Health Ctr., Washington, NC
North Carolina Medical Board 1992-present
California, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, Washington (inactive)
American Academy of Psychiatry and Law
American Psychiatric Association
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) 1997-2017
ABPN added qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry, 1998-2008
ABPN added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry, 1999-2019
Awards & Honors
Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Farney Wurlitzer Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry Clerkship, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
1995 - International Journal of Short-Term Psychotherapy, Vol. 10, 845-104. "Overview: Process of Partial Breakthrough into the Unconscious in Davanloo's Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy," Part I.
1995 - International Journal of Short-Term Psychotherapy, Vol. 10, 105-119. "Overview: Process of Partial Breakthrough into the Unconscious in Davanloo's Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy," Part II.
7/02-7/03 - Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California (San Francisco, CA), Forensic Fellow, Psychiatry and the Law Program
1/93-7/95 - Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital(Baltimore, MD,) Psychiatry Residency Training Program
7/91-12/92 - East Carolina School of Medicine (Greenville, NC), Medical Internship, Psychiatry Residency Training
7/87-6/91 - State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, M.D.
9/84-9/86 - State University of New York at Albany, NY, Premedical courses
9/81-9/83 - Clark University, Worcester, MA, Master of Arts in English Literature
9/73-9/77 - State University of New York at Brockport, Bachelor of Arts ( English, Secondary Education)