Dr. Trent received the honor of becoming a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association as well as being awarded for his substantial service to the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, including serving as 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 Psychiatry).
Practice Area and Services
During his many years of experience his practice has focused on psychiatric care of patients and as an expert in forensic psychiatry cases. Dr. Trent confers with the referring attorney and/or others as permitted by law, reviews documents furnished by the case’s attorney and others. With appropriate legal permission of the litigant (person requesting the forensic review) and at the request of the case’s attorney, Dr. Trent may additionally conduct a forensic psychiatric evaluation of the complainant who alleges emotional damages in the case.
Common Case Types
In the sub-specialty area of forensic psychiatry, Dr. Trent has examined, reported and/or testified in hundreds of forensic matters. He has testified in State Courts in the majority of counties of New Jersey. He has also testified in State Courts in North Carolina, and Federal Courts in New Jersey and Washington, DC. His cases and/or testimony have included, in part:
•major criminal matters with allegations of homicide, kidnapping or other serious crimes. He has been retained and/or testified both for the defense or for the prosecution •serious personal injury litigation involving psychiatric conditions rising to post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injury and/or other mental conditions •psychiatric fitness for ability to work in various occupations due to psychiatric conditions, i.e., mental illness, substance usage or abuse •mental ability to make a valid will (during life) and evaluation of testaments (wills) in cases where the ability of the decedent was in dispute by heirs after the will-maker’s demise •cases with allegations of professional liability (malpractice) including allegations of suicide caused by improper care or mental injuries from improper psychiatric care •cases in which reportedly disturbed individuals require evaluation to determine if they in fact need involuntary psychiatric hospitalization for being dangerous to themselves or to others requiring protection for themselves or others •cases involving allegations of sexual crime.
Other Psychiatric Experience and Training
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 at that institution Dr. Trent transferred to the combined facility of the University of California in San Francisco and Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, completing almost two additional years of training prior to responding to a call for service in the U.S. Army.
On active duty with the U.S. Army Reserves in 1961 he was assigned to Patterson Army Hospital at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as Chief of the Mental Hygiene Consultation Service examining and treating both active military personnel and their families. On fulfilling his military service in 1963, he immediately opened his psychiatric practice office in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
In private practice, Dr. Trent served as an outpatient psychiatrist as well as consulting and/or treating psychiatrist for patients in community hospitals. He has been on the staffs of several hospitals: the Jersey Shore Medical Center, the Point Pleasant Hospital and the Monmouth Medical Center where he had served as Director of Psychiatry. He also served as chairperson of the Mortality Committee at the State of New Jersey’s Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital.
After working in North Carolina in 1992-1993 as a psychiatrist for the Albemarle Mental Health Center, he resumed psychiatric practice in New Jersey as the medical director of the Psychiatric Screening Service at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. Persons referred to the screening service on an emergency basis were evaluated for their need for psychiatric care including the possibility of commitment to a mental health hospital facility. More recently, Dr. Trent served on the staff of New Jersey’s Special Treatment Unit for sexual offenders at Avenel, New Jersey.
Besides these private practice and public sector activities Dr. Trent has been active (including as president) for the majority of his career in the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, the principal organization for psychiatrists in the state.
In addition to activity in state-level positions, Dr. Trent has also been appointed to various positions in the American Psychiatric Association, the major professional association of psychiatrists in the United States. This role included forensic-relevant work in the area of Professional Liability, where he participated in reviewing complaints of improper psychiatric treatment.
If interested in the availability of his services or additional relevant background information for his suitability for being an expert for your legal case, please contact Dr. Trent at his Eatontown, New Jersey office.
Chester L. Trent, M.D.
Suite 200, Main Suites
Eatontown, NJ 07724