Dr. Trent received the honor of becoming a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association as well as awards for his substantial service to the New Jersey Psychiatric Association including becoming its president. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, and a Diplomate in Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry in Neurology (in the area of Psychiatry). 

Practice Area and Services 

Over his diverse and seasoned career practicing psychiatry, Dr. Trent has treated patients both in and out of the hospital. For the past several years, Dr. Trent has focused on forensic psychiatry. During consultation he may examine, prepare reports of his examinations and testify as required for Courts and/or attorneys representing individuals, employers, insurance companies, and other requesters as appropriate. Depending upon the nature of a case and its legal issues, he confers with the referring attorney or other authorized requesters regarding their psychiatric-legal questions. 

Case Types

In the sub-specialty area of forensic psychiatry, Dr. Trent has examined, reported and/or testified in hundreds of forensic matters. His cases include:

•major criminal matters including allegations of homicide, both for the defense and the prosecution

•serious personal injury litigation rising to the diagnostic level of post-traumatic stress disorder or other serious mental conditions

•examinations for fitness for duty to work in various occupations where employment evaluations may be requested due to concerns about possible psychiatric conditions

•cases presenting with possible  issues  of mental competency such as ability to make a valid will (during life) and evaluation of wills in cases of disputes brought by  heirs after a testator’s demise

•cases in which there are allegations of professional liability (malpractice) from events from happenings such as suicide from alleged improper or inadequate care and/or personal injuries from allegations of improper psychiatric care causing other mental injuries

•cases in which reportedly disturbed individuals require evaluation to determine whether involuntary psychiatric hospitalization for being dangerous to themselves or to others is required

•cases involving allegations of sexual crimes. 

Training and Experience

Dr. Trent earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1952 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas in 1956. He completed a general rotating internship at the United States Government Hospital, Gorgas Hospital, in Ancon, Canal Zone, in 1957. 

He began formal psychiatric residency training at the Psychiatric Institute of the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1957. After two years he transferred to the combined psychiatric program of the University of California Hospital in San Francisco and the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute. In the Spring of 1961 responding to a call to serve the U.S. Army, he was assigned to Patterson Army Hospital at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as the psychiatrist for the Mental Hygiene Consultation Service. There he examined and treated both the military and their families. Upon completion of his military service in 1963, he immediately opened his first psychiatric practice office in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

In private practice, Dr. Trent has served as an outpatient psychiatrist as well as has he consulted and treated patients with psychiatric conditions in community hospitals.  Dr. Trent  has been on the staffs of two general hospitals, the Jersey Shore Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center. He has served briefly as chairperson of the Mortality Committee of the Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital. 

Dr. Trent has held other hospital appointments. After working in North Carolina briefly in 1992-1993, he resumed psychiatric practice in New Jersey, assuming the medical directorship of the Psychiatric Screening Service at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. This screening service accepted persons referred on an emergency basis from Monmouth County, New Jersey for evaluation and determination of individuals’ needs for psychiatric care including the possibility of commitment to a mental health hospital facility. He has also served as Director of Psychiatry at Monmouth Medical Center.

More recently, Dr. Trent served on the staff of New Jersey’s Special Treatment Unit for sexual offenders at Avenel, New Jersey.

In addition to these private practice and public sector activities, he has been active in the New Jersey Psychiatric Association for the majority of his professional career serving in many positions including its presidency. Besides state-level positions, Dr. Trent was appointed to the American Psychiatric Association’s Assembly of District Branches, serving on the national nominating Committee three times. He also  chaired the Professional Liability Committee of the American Psychiatric Association where one of his roles was to participate in reviewing complaints of allegations of improper treatment practices.

If interested in  additional information about his services, he may be reached at his Eatontown, New Jersey office. 

Chester L. Trent, M.D.
Main Suite, Suite 200
12 Christopher Way
Eatontown, NJ 07724