I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2000 with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Psychology and Law. I completed my predoctoral internship at New York University School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital in 2000, and then completed the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Law and Psychiatry Program in 2001. For 10 years, I was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and forensic psychologist at Worcester State Hospital.
In June 2011, I left UMass to become a forensic psychologist at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Medical Center at Devens. The evaluations that I conduct for the U.S. Federal District Courts typically involve defendants' competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility (aka insanity or mental state at the time of the offense), aid-to-sentencing, prisoners in need of treatment or involuntary commitment, and violence risk assessments.
In 2018, I became the Director of Forensic Services for the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. I am responsible for running the "state's" forensic programs, including forensic evaluation and treatment services for pre-trial and post-trial consumers in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Additionally, I am responsible for re-entry coordination for justice-involved consumers who are returning to the community from with DC Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
For over 20 years, I have been teaching and supervising psychology predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows, medical students, psychiatry residents and psychiatry fellows on how to conduct forensic evaluations and be an expert witness in vivo. I have been invited to conduct lectures on psychological testing and expert testimony to interested parties across the country. Since 2008, I have been teaching various online psychology, criminal justice, and sociology courses to undergraduate and graduate students for several different colleges and universities.
My research background has primarily been on various forensic assessment issues, particularly adjudicative competence, malingering, and violence risk assessment. I have presented and written articles and book chapters on a variety of topics related to these research interests. Most notably, I am a co-author of the Evaluation of Competency to Stand Trial-Revised (2004), a normative-based competence to stand trial assessment measure that is used nationally.
Postdoctoral degree, University of Massachusetts Medical School
PhD, The University of Alabama
MA, The University of Alabama
BA, Villanova University