Mendota Mental Health Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Jacqueline Landess, MD, JD is a forensic psychiatrist at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Landess also has a private practice and conducts both criminal and civil forensic evaluations. She obtained her medical degree from Vanderbilt University and law degree from Indiana University. Dr. Landess then completed her general psychiatry training at Northwestern University followed by a year of child psychiatry fellowship then forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado. Before moving to Wisconsin, Dr. Landess worked at St. Louis University as an assistant professor of psychiatry and served as Director of Medical Student Education for the department of psychiatry. While in St. Louis, she also worked at the county jail as Chief of Mental Health Services and served as a consultant to the county's first felony mental health court. She worked closely with community agencies, the state system, non-profit organizations, and members of the legal system to improve access to treatment and care for individuals involved with the justice system through a combination of outreach, research, and advocacy work. Dr. Landess has presented and published on a range of topics related to psychiatry, medicine, and the law. Her research and academic interests center upon correctional psychiatry, child forensic psychiatry, constitutional law, civil commitment, ethics, continuing education of legal professionals regarding mental illness, and treatment of complex, co-occuring psychiatric disorders such as treatment-resistant mood or psychotic disorders complicated by substance use. Dr. Landess is involved with a number of professional organizations, serving on committees within the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and serves as the co-chair of the Committee on Psychiatry and the Law within the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP). She is also a board member of Restoring Roots, a non-profit organization focused on long-term recovery housing and therapeutic communities for individuals with addiction.