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Dr. Trestman is a Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and is the Executive Director of Correctional Managed Health Care. Dr. Trestman received his PhD in Psychology and his MD from the University of Tennessee, and trained in psychiatry and neurobiology at the Mt Sinai School of Medicine. He has served as Clinical Vice Chair of Psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr Trestman has studied the neurobiology and treatment of people with severe mood and personality disorders, and currently conducts translational research on correctional mental health. He has published over 130 articles and book chapters, consults to the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, several branches of the US Department of Justice, the Vera Institute for Justice, is Board Chair of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association Council on Psychiatry and the Law.


His correctional mental health research includes work with epidemiology of mental illness (NIJ, BJS, NIMH funding); the development and dissemination of a validated mental health screening tool for jails (NIJ funding); the development and implementation of an evidence-based CBT skills training program (NIJ, NIC funding); the adaptation of psychopharmacology decision support in Bipolar Disorder treatment (NIMH funding); and community participatory research infrastructure development in collaboration with the CT Department of Correction (NIMH funding).



Robert Trestman, MD, PhD

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Selected recent publications

Peer reviewed:

• Trestman R.L., Ferguson W, Dickert J. (2014).  Behind Bars:  The Compelling Case for of Academic Health Centers Partnering with Correctional Facilities.  Academic Medicine, Published online July 24, 2014.

• Trestman, RL. (2014) Ethics, the Law, and Prisoners: Protecting Society, Changing Human Behavior, and Protecting Human Rights, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9560-1.  Published online July 5, 2014.

• Trestman RL, Aseltine RH. Justice-Involved Health Information: Policy and Practice Advances in Connecticut. (2014). Perspectives in Health Information Management. 2014 Winter; 11(Winter): 1e.Published online Jan 1, 2014.


Recent invited presentations:

"The Ethics of Constrained Choice: Improved Health During Incarceration," April 1, 2015

New York State Correctional Mental Health Staff, “Correctional Mental Health:  A Best Practices Sampler”, December 10, 2014.

• University of Basil, Ethical issues in correctional psychiatry. Division of Bioethics, Basel, Switzerland, November 14, 2014.

• University of Basel, Why START NOW? A clinical approach to skills, affirmation and strength. Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Basel, Switzerland, November 13, 2014.

• University of Edinbugh, Correctional Psychiatry, Clinical Forum, Coatsbridge, Scotland, November 11, 2014.

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