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Debra J. Forrest, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
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Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1935
Phone: 860-679-1677
Fax: 860-679-1316

Psychiatry Residency Program

Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Forrest completed residency here and worked for three years in a Young Adult Services Inpatient Psychiatric Unit before settling into her current position at UConn in 2010. She has acquired various roles, including clinical and teaching work in Emergency Psychiatry, Developing and Directing UConn's Urgent Care Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, serving as Medical Director at Hartford Behavioral Health, working as Assistant Program Director of Psychiatry Residency Training, and more. She aims "to improve the care of patients in the Greater Hartford Area and beyond, by helping to train the next generation of psychiatrists, by staying active in clinical work, and by being involved in the national mental health community". To that end, she invites your collaboration.

B.S.University at Albany, State University of New York Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology
M.D.State University of New York Medical Degree

Post-Graduate Training
InternshipUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterAdult Psychiatry

Through teaching, I learn. I enjoy teaching in various venues throughout a practitioner's career, though most of my teaching is within residency education. Within the residency, I have re-organized and/or developed courses for each year of training, focusing primarily on the Psychotherapy Curriculum. Within the UConn School of Medicine, I facilitate a small group learning activity on, "Health, Law, and Ethics". And in an effort to help people continue their education after residency, I've researched and presented two Grand Rounds Sessions on the Maintenance of Certification Process in Psychiatry and Neurology, which is a program of life-long learning. I seek to find constructive ways to implement this formal, yet individualized learning curriculum within our department and within the broader university Setting.

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
ARTIST (Anti-Racist, Trauma-Informed System Transformation)Advisory CommitteeFounding MemberUConn HealthLocal2020
Connecticut Medical SocietyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState2019
American Psychiatric AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20112012
American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT)Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20112012

Journal Articles

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
What you Should Know About Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in NeurologyOtherHartford Hospital Department of Neurology2013Hartford Hospital
Maintenance of Certification in Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Future PerspectivesOtherUCHC Department of Psychiatry2013John Dempsey Hospital