Dr. Trestman is a Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Nursing at UConn Health, and is the Executive Director of Correctional Managed Health Care. 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 UConn Health. 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.
He is principal investigator on a research project CPHHP currently has with the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI). 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).
Selected recent publications
• 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.
• 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.
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