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Jana Price-sharps

Core Faculty

College of Psychology and Community Services

School of Psychology

Degree Program 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.


Price-sharps, J. L. (2009). Cognitive Restructuring in LE, Treatment Techniques.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2007). Cognitive Restructuring, NLP, and GFI combined treatment: A case study in the treatment of PTSD in police officers.

Tafoya, M., Price-sharps, J. L., Hall, K. (2013). Do no harm: A journey of folly and success.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2004). Employee intervention program: an overview.

Sharps, M., Price-sharps, J. L., Day, S., Nunes, M., Villegas, A., Mitchell, S. (2004). Heuristic processing in attention deficit and substance abuse.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2015). Holistic considerations in the treatment of PTSD in law enforcement populations.

Villarama, K., Price-sharps, J. L., Liao, S., Wainio, B. (2016). Multicultural differences in suicidal ideation of law enforcement officers.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2008). Negotiating with the Mentally Ill.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2008). Negotiation Considerations with Methamphetamine.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2010). Negotiations; PTSD and TBI.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2011). New Techniques in Marital Therapy with LE.

Price-sharps, J. L., Vucovich, S., Poulsen, E., Wright, A., Newborg, E. (2012). Officer Involved Shootings: A Systems Treatment Approach.

Colevins-Tumlin, C., Price-sharps, J. L., Villarama, K., Liao, S. (2016). Phenomenological correlates of depression and suicidal ideation in law enforcement.

Price-Sharps, J.L.,., Price-sharps, J. L. (2005). Protective factors in law enforcement.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2006). Protective factors in under cover policing.

Price-sharps, J. L., Nevarez, R. (2006). Psychological protective factors in stress reduction for law enforcement.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2007). Successful Negotiation with the Methamphetamine Addict.

Price-sharps, J. L. (2016). Symptom reduction in PTSD in medication resistant patients.