She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where she won awards for her research and for outstanding academic achievement, and where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After medical school, Dr. Nesbit-Bartsch completed a psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Health Alliance Program. During residency, she also graduated from Harvard Medical School’s Master of Bioethics program and was named a Rappeport Fellow by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She then received specialty fellowship training in forensic psychiatry at the University of California, Davis under Dr. Charles Scott.
Dr. Nesbit-Bartsch has co-authored multiple forensic psychiatry textbook chapters. She has also written about and presented on a variety of topics including forensic psychiatric ethics, involuntary psychiatric treatment, antisocial personality disorder, schizophrenia, violence risk assessment, and malingering.
In addition to her private forensic psychiatry practice, Dr. Nesbit-Bartsch is Lead Psychiatrist at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital. She additionally works part-time at the Forensic Psychiatry Clinic of San Diego County. She has historically worked at multiple correctional facilities and as a Forensic Psychiatric Consultant at Napa State Hospital.
Dr. Nesbit-Bartsch is a Councilor of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She is also a Consulting Member of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychiatric Association as well as the Co-Chair of the Early Career Development Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She also serves on the Forensic Hospital Services, Peer Review of Psychiatric Testimony, Gender Issues, and Program Committees of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Dr. Nesbit-Bartsch accepts referrals for a variety of civil and criminal forensic evaluations and consultations nationally as well as locally.