Gerald Sweet Gerald Sweet, PhD

617-327-6777 x1404, Work Space 314N


  • Assistant Professor
  • Forensic and Police Psychologist
  • Faculty, Military Veterans Psychology Concentration
  • Member, Curricular Review Committee
  • Member, Crisis Assessment Risk Evaluation Team


  • BA, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
  • MS, University of Rhode Island
  • PhD, University of Rhode Island
  • Internship, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Medical Center


  • Introduction to Clinical Practice (Course Coordinator)
  • Police Psychology
  • Military Psychology & Culture
  • Student Veterans’ Experiential Group

Research and Practice Interests

  • Police Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Military and Veterans Health
  • Threat Assessment and Management
  • Psychology of Survival in Life-Threatening Encounters

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider, Massachusetts
  • Designated Forensic Psychologist, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Registrant, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Licensed Psychologist, California
  • Certified Examiner, Massachusetts Human Resources Division


  • Unit Citation for Excellence in Training, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, California
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Psychological Association

Publications and Presentations

Sweet, G. (2011).  “Isn’t this against the law?: Boundary problems in Police Psychology.”  In W. Brad Johnson and Gerald Koocher (Eds.)  Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries, and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice, New York:  Oxford University Press

“Surviving the threat:  The Psychology of survival in life-threatening encounters.”  American Psychological Association, Orlando, Florida

“Lessons from law enforcement and the military about surviving life-threatening illness.”  Massachusetts Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts

“The real world of police officers:  Understanding the psychology of cops.”  McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts

“Training warriors to be therapists:  Graduate education in clinical psychology for military veterans.”  Massachusetts Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts

“You’ll never walk alone: A reappraisal of the therapeutic alliance with military veterans.”  William James College, Newton, Massachusetts

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Private practice – Police, forensic and military veterans psychology
  • Student Scholarship Review Panel, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Chief Psychologist, Framingham Union Hospital, Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Faculty, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Police Psychologist, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, California
  • Threat Assessment Consultant, International Assessment Services, San Diego, California
  • Consultant to McLean Hospital LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) Program, Belmont, Massachusetts
  • Board of Directors, Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • Chair, Legislative Advocacy Steering Committee, Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • Convention Program Committee, Division of Military Psychology, American Psychological Association

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association
  • Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Police Psychological Services Section (IACP)
  • Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
  • Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
  • National Tactical Officers Association

Community Engagement

  • Instructor, Citizens’ Police Academy, Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, 475 Franklin Street Medical Office Condominium Trust, Framingham, Massachusetts