Robert Trestman, MD, PhD

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 and the Interim Director of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy.  Dr. Trestman received his Ph.D. 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 146 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.  In addition, he serves as the Chair of the Research Committee for the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Institute For Education and Research.


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 Connecticut Department of Correction (NIMH funding).


Last page update:  January 25, 2016


Selected recent publications

Peer reviewed:

•  Cislo, A., Trestman R.L.  Psychiatric hospitalization after participation in START NOW.  Letters to the Editor. Psychiatric Services 2016; 67:143; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201500456.  Published online January 4, 2016.


•  Kersten L, Cislo AM, Lynch M, Shea K, Le H, Trestman RL.  Evaluating START NOW: A Skills-Based Psychotherapy for Inmates with Behavioral Disorders. Psychiatric Services in Advance (doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201400471). Published online August 17, 2015.


•  Barry LC, Wakefield DB, Trestman RL, Conwell Y.  Active and Passive Suicidal Ideation in Older Inmates.  Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, CRI-MS-1948R1. May 13, 2015


•  Kamath, J., Wakai, S., Zhang, W., Kesten, K., Shelton, D., Trestman, R.L.   Adaptation of the Texas Implementation Medication Algorithm for Bipolar Disorder in Adult Female Offenders: A Quasi-Randomized Study. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1 – 12, DOI: 10.1177/0306624X15578228. Published online March, 31, 2015.


Recent invited presentations:

  Vera Institute of Justice Advisory Board Meeting, panel member for “A Sentinel Events Approach to Addressing Suicide and Self-Harm in Jail,” New York City, June 1, 2015.


•  Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center Headquarters, “Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery: Research to Practice for Judges,” New York City, June 23, 2015.


•  New York State Office of Mental Health. “Evidence based practice.” Albany, NY, September 25, 2015.


•  Congressional Briefing, United States House of Representatives, Rayburn Office Building “Decriminalizing Mental Illness.” Washington, D.C., October 29, 2015.


•  Ninth Circuit Corrections Summit, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, “Treatment of the Mentally Ill During Incarceration.” Sacramento, CA. November 4-5, 2015.

Related Contacts

Office Location:

195 Farmington Avenue, Suite 2100

Farmington, CT 06032

Mailing Address:

UConn Health

Center for Public Health and Health Policy

263 Farmington Avenue, MC 6030

Farmington, CT 06030-6030