Deanna Deaton

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Forensic Psychology

Dr. Deaton works with juvenile offenders, and also maintains a consultancy specializing in psycholegal research, discovery review, and formal forensic report preparation for court-ordered assessments involving competency, treatment amenability, risk/dangerousness, specific intent, etc. Dr. Deaton is an advocate for qualitative inquiry in the forensic setting with specific interests in the areas of filicide/neonaticide, anger dysregulation in combat veterans, juvenile firesetting, and juvenile suggestibility and confabulation in forensic interviews.

Courses Taught

FPSY 6102/8102 - Intersection of Crime, Psychology, and the Law

FPSY 6126 - Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment.

FPSY 6135 - Criminal Behavior

PSYC 6115 - Understanding Forensic Psychology Research

FPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

RESI 8402 - PhD Residency

FPSY 6915 - Forensic Psychology Field Experience


PhD, Walden University

MA, Liberty University

BS, Liberty University

Awards / Honors

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University , 2020


Deaton, D. (2020). Suggestibility and Confabulation Among Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Review for Criminal Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Legal Interviewers. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry

Deaton, D. (2021). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and youth firesetting: A call on criminal justice, emergency responder, and fire prevention specialists to become informed. Behavioral Sciences & the Law


Beyer , K., Hickey , E., Deaton , D. (2018). An Analysis of Mothers and Fathers Who Kill Their Children: Examining Offense Characteristics and Adjudication Outcomes. Walden Univeristy