Dr. Nanton presented “Exploring Characteristics of Malingerers using the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms” to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Forensic Section, in Prato, Italy.
Dr. Nanton’s research used standardized tests and structured interviews to determine the veracity of the inmates’ reported symptoms and to see if their geographical location or the severity of their crime was a variable in their malingering. His findings included:
“Drug-seeking on the basis of feigned mental illness is an issue globally. Many of the participants at the conference were dealing with that,” Dr. Nanton said. “But as forensic psychiatrists, we are also dealing with feigned mental illness in other legal contexts like disability, worker’s compensation and Social Security.”
Dr. Nanton said he first became interested in forensic psychiatry while in medical school at Tulane University. “I took a forensic psychiatry course and thought it was the most interesting thing I’d ever heard about,” he said. “Before that, I was thinking of going into radiology. Forensic psychiatry seemed like more fun.”
Before coming to the UCF College of Medicine this year, Dr. Nanton worked as a forensic psychiatrist at the University of California, Davis. There he performed violence risk assessments at Napa State Hospital, provided clinical psychiatric care to inmates at the Sacramento County Jail and conducted court-ordered and private assessments to determine if inmates were competent to stand trial and were criminally insane.