Jana Price-sharps

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

Dr. Jana Price-Sharps has taught in higher education since 1995. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in first responder trauma. She is primarily a police psychologist and works with numerous departments in the State of California. She has worked with the Italian undercover operatives and also police detectives in South Africa (detectives in SAPS). In her private practice she treats law enforcement, fire suppression/law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, and combat veterans. She has taught a number of different courses for law enforcement including hostage negotiation courses-negotiating with the mentally ill and methamphetamine users. She frequently offers classes on how to set up peer support programs and trauma prevention for law enforcement. Her academic career includes both undergraduate and graduate courses including, police psychology, trauma, risk assessment, family therapy, and psychopathology. In addition, Dr. Price-Sharps is the President and Clinical Director of SERI, a non-profit that provides clinical training to Master’s and Doctoral interns who are interested in working with forensic populations. SERI primarily provides mental health services to incarcerated populations in juvenile halls and jails. Dr. Price-Sharps primary areas of research include police officer stress, PTSD and trauma.

Courses Taught

FPSY 8126 - Understanding Violence, Risk and Threat Assessment

FPSY 6521 - Police Psychology

FPSY 8201 - Psychological Aspects Of Violent Crime

FPSY 9000 - Dissertation


BA, Cal State University, Fresno

Master's of Science, Cal State Univ Fresno

EdD, University of the Pacific


Sharps, M., Price-sharps, J. L., Day, S., Nunes, M., Villegas, A., Mitchell, S. (2005). Cognition at risk: Gestalt/feature-intensive processing, attention deficit, and substance abuse. Current Psychology

Sharps, M., Price-sharps, J. L., Day, S., Villegas, A. B., Nunes, M. (2005). Cognitive predisposition to substance abuse in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Addictive Behavior

Sharps, M., Hess, A., Price-sharps, J. L., Teh, J. (2008). Heuristic and algorithmic processing in English, math, and science education. Journal of Psychology