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Deanna Deaton

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree Program Ph.D. Forensic Psychology

Dr. Deaton is a 2019 graduate of Walden University’s Forensic Psychology PhD program. During her academic journey, she functioned as a Doctoral Peer Mentor and Forensic Psychology Research Assistant. She has also served in a consultant capacity assisting with forensic research, as well as court-ordered assessments including competency, dangerousness, specific intent, insanity, and treatment amenability. Dr. Deaton recently transitioned into a Postdoctoral Fellowship role where she will deepen her focus on forensic research and teaching in higher education.

Courses Taught

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

FPSY 6135 - Criminal Behavior

PSYC 6115 - Understanding Forensic Psychology Research

FPSY 6002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

FPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology


PhD, Walden University - Minneapolis , MN United States

MA, Liberty University - Lynchburg , VA United States

BS, Liberty University - Lynchburg , United States

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.


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 .