Robert Kinscherff Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD

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  • Professor, Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program (teaching primarily in areas of forensic psychology, law and mental health,  ecology of child behavioral health, ethics)
  • Faculty, Doctoral Clinical Concentration in Forensic Psychology
  • Faculty, Doctoral Clinical Concentration in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience


  • 1992 - Juris Doctor (JD), Harvard Law School, Magna cum Laude
  • 1988 - Doctor of Philosphy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology, City University of New York
  • 1981 - Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy, Univerisity of Chicago (Committee on Social Thought)
  • 1977 - Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science//Interdisciplinary Social Studies, University of California (Berkeley)



  • Children and Families Before the Courts
  • Law and Mental Health
  • Ecology of Child Behavioral Health
  • Intensive Ethics Workshop for first year Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program students


  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Adult Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology of Terrorism
  • Special Topics in Forensic Psychology

Research and Practice Interests

  • Ethics and Law in Professional Mental Health Practice
  • Risk Assessment and Management of Violent Offenders with Mental Disorders
  • Risk Assessment and Management of Juvenile and Adult Sexual Offenders
  • Forensic Assessment and Case Planning in Extreme or Unusal Forms of Child Maltreatment 
  • Forensic Assessment of Youth and Adults Charged or Convicted of Homicide or other Violent Offenses
  • Adolescent Brain Development:  Implications for Public Policy and Law
  • Gun Violence and Public Policy (including roles of psychologists in a public health approach)
  • Judicial Education (federal, state courts) on Science in the Courtroom (Child and Adult Development, Trauma, Mental Illness, Addiction)
  • Issues in Translational Science:  Moving Knowledge From Research to Practice for Behavioral Health, Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Child Protection Policy Makers and Practitioners

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Texas
  • Admitted to the Bar for the practice of law in Massachusetts
  • Certifications in Massachusetts for court-ordered evaluations: 
    • Designated Forensic Professional (DFP) and Designated Forensic Professional Supervisor (civil and criminal forensic evaluations for District and Superior Courts); 
    • Certified Juvenile Court Clinician (CJCC) and Certified Juvenile Court Clinician Mentor (involuntary civil commitment for substance abuse and/or psychiatric care, Care and Protection child maltreatment cases, Child Requiring Assistance, Delinquency/Youthful Offender forensic evaluations for Juvenile Courts)


  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41 Psychology-Law and  Division 12 Clinical)
  • Karl Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy,  Americian Psychological Association (Division 31)
  • Honorary Full Professor, Universidad Autonoma Del Estado de Hidalgo  (Psychology, Ethics), Mexico
  • Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience (2015 - 2017) for Harvard Law School (Petrie Flom Center on  Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics)) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Center on Law, Brain & Behavior), Cambridge MA
  • Richard W. Barnum Distinguished Service Award, Juvenile Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court and the Division of Forensic Mental Health of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Dr. Stephen Hayes Award for Community Mental Health Service, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College)
  • Clinical Partners Award (with Chief Justice Martha P. Grace of the MA Juvenile Court), Massachusetts Juvenile Firesetters Coalition

Publications and Presentations


Linda Campbell, Melba Vasquez, Stephen Behnke, Robert Kinscherff.   APA Ethics Code:  Commentary and Case Illustrations.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association Press, 2010.

Chapters In Books Since 2006

Kinscherff, RT.  Level-Headed Responses to Students Who Make Threats.  In Macklem & A Silva (Eds.), Lessons from School Psychology:  Practical Strategies and Evidence Based Practice for Professional and Parents.   New York:  Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), 2018 (released Winter 2019).

Lahaie M & Kinscherff, RT.  Juveniles and the Law.  Book  chapter in volume Mental Health Practice and the Law, edited by R Schouten.  Oxford University Press, 2016.

Kinscherff, RT.  Distinguishing  and  Assessing   Amenability to Treatment and Rehabilitation with Juvenile Offenders.  K Heilbrun ,  D DeMattieo, N Goldstein (Eds.), APA Handbook of  Psychology and Juvenile Justice. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association Press, 2015.

Larson K, Kinscherff RT.  Ethical  and Professional Practice Issues in Work with Violent Offenders.  In CA Pietz &  CA Mattson  (Eds.)  Violent Offenders:  Understanding and Assessment.   Oxford University Press.  2014

Kinscherff RT and Latham C.   Informed Consent or Assent for  Assessment , Treatment and Releases of Information.  DS Bromberg & WT O’Donohue (Eds.), Toolkit for Working with Sexual Offenders.   Elsevier Press.  2014.

Kinscherff RT.  “The Siren Song of Silence:  Ensuring a Basis for Professional Judgments.”  In WB Johnson and GP Koocher (Eds.), Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries, and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice.”  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2011.

Latham C and Kinscherff RT.  “Legal and Ethical Considerations in Evaluations of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems.”  In RE Longo and DS Prescott (Eds.), Current Perspectives:  Working with Sexually Aggressive Youth and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems (Chapter 8).  NEARI Press, 2006.

Kinscherff RT.  “Forensic Assessment of Amenability to Rehabilitation in Juvenile Delinquency.” In GP Koocher and SN Sparta (Eds.), Forensic Assessment of Children and Adolescents.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Medoff D and Kinscherff RT.  “Forensic Evaluation of Juvenile Sexual Offenders.”  In GP Koocher and SN Sparta (Eds.), Forensic Assessment of Children and Adolescents.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Original Reports, Articles and Monographs Since 2008

Kinscherff R, Franks RP, Keator JK, Pecararo MJ.  (February 2019).  Promoting Positive Outcomes in Youth:  Implications for Policy, Systems and Practice.  Juvenile Justice Policy Brief produced by the Evidence-Based Policy Institute, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Harvard Medical School.

Kinscherff RT, DiCataldo F, Domas S (in revision for resubmission, Winter 2019) Solitary Confinement of Juveniles in Adult and Juvenile Correctional Settings: American and International Perspectives in Psychology and Law.  

Kinscherff RT & Block P.  Why a public health approach is the approach to gun violence.  Mental Health Weekly.  April 9, 2018.  Mental Health Weekly DOI: 10.1002/mhw

Siegel D and Kinscherff RT.  “Recording Routine Forensic Mental Health Evaluations Should Be a Standard of Practice in the 21st Century.”  Behavioral Science and The Law.  2018:1-7.

DiCataldo F, Linder C, J Neddentreip, Christensen M, Domas S, Kinscherff R. (August 2017).  The Recidivism of Juveniles Convicted of Homicide and Released as Adults.   In PD Jaffe & S Sulima (Eds.) Special Edition:  Children in Confinement.  Journal of the International Network for Prevention of Child Maltreatment.

Kinscherff RT & Keator K (Summer 2017)  Perspectives on Adversity, Trauma, and Behavioral Health Needs among Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth.  In Focal Point (vol. 71) Special Annual Issue on Justice and Recovery (pp. 17-19). PATHWAYS Research and Training Center at Portland State University.  Portland, OR.

Kinscherff, RT (2015).  Policy and Practice Position Statement on the Shackling of Youth Involved with the Juvenile Justice System.  National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.  Delmar, NY.

Kinscherff, RT & Cocozza, JJ (May 2014).  Developing Effective Policies for Addressing the Needs of Court-Involved Youth with Co-occurring Disorders.  Advancing Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts:  Policy and Program Briefs.  National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice/National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Gun Violence Policy Review Task Force of the American Psychological Association (R. Kinscherff, Chair). Resolution on Firearm Violence Research and Prevention.  Adopted by the APA, February 2014.

Kinscherff RT, Guerra NG, Williamson AA (2013).  Antecedents to Gun Violence:  Developmental Issues.  In APA Panel of Experts Report, Gun Violence: Prevention, Prediction and Policy.  Washington, D.C.:  American Psychological Association Press.

Kinscherff RT, Evans AC, Randazzo MR, & Cornell, D. (2013) What Works:  Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention at the Individual Level.  In APA Panel of Experts Report, Gun Violence: Prevention, Prediction and Policy.  Washington, D.C.:  American Psychological Association Press.

Sparta SN and Kinscherff RT (2013).  The Assessment of Childhood Trauma.  The Register Report (National Register of Health Service Psychologists). Fall 2013, (19): 10-17.

Larson K, DiCataldo F, Kinscherff RT (2013)  Miller v. Jackson: Implications for the Intersection of Social Science and LawJournal of Criminal and Civil Confinement, 39 NE J Crim & Civ Con 319.  

Kinscherff RT and Grisso T (2013): Human Rights Violations and Standard 1.02: Intersections with Human Rights Law and Applications in Juvenile Capital Cases, Ethics & Behavior, 23:1, 71-76

Kinscherff RT and Latham C. (2012).  Developmental Psychopathology—A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Inappropriate Sexual Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents.  NEARI Press, New England Adolescent Research Institute (NEARI).

Kinscherff R (2012). A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners Working With Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System. Washington, DC: Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health.  Invited paper for National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and SAMHSA and released through American Research Institutes (AIR).

Kinscherff R (2010) “Proposition:  A Personality Disorder May Nullify  Responsibility for a Criminal Act.”  Symposium:  Conundrums and Controversies in Mental Health and Illness (Eds. MC Epright and RM Sade).  Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 38:4 (Winter 2010), pp. 745-759.

Vincent G and Kinscherff RT (2008) “The Use of Psychopathy in Violence Risk Assessment of Adolescent Females,” Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, Vol. 8(3), 309-320.

Recent Presentations (2015-August 2019)

08.10.19  “Gun Violence:  Strategies for Urban Youth of Color” (Main Stage event) and “Mass Violence” (Town Hall event).  Presenter and Panelist, American Psychological Association annual conference.  Chicago, IL.

08.07.19  “Law and Ethics for the Practicing Psychologist.”  Day-long pre-conference workshop for American Psychological Association.  Co-presenter was Dr. Reneau Kennedy.  Chicago, IL

06.25 – 27.19  Conference planning committee and presenting participant for “Ask the Experts” (06.25.19 panelist), “Trauma-Informed Supervision: Lessons from Multnomah County’s Smart Supervision Project” (06.25.19 moderator).  Federal Judicial Center, Harvard Law School, and Center for Law, Brain and Behavior (MGH) 3-day training conference on Science in The Courtroom for 10 teams from nationwide federal district courts.  Cambridge, MA.

06.04.19  “Gun Violence Research:  Priorities for Consideration.”  Briefing as designated representative of American Psychological Association to National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research Advisory Committee, RAND Corporation.  Arlington, VA

05.23.19  “The Intersection of the Courts and Mental Health:  A Burden and an Opportunity.”  Plenary address.  Annual conference of the Section on Child Welfare and Delinquency, Massachusetts Bar Association.  Lowell, MA

05.14.19  “Hidden in Plain Sight:  What Everybody Should Know About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).”  With A Crowley, Esq., K Casey, PhD, Enid Watson, MDiv.  Annual Training Conference, Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services.  Worcester, MA

05.13.19 “The Adolescent Brain and Normative Sexuality: The Starting Point” and “Review of Current Research: Where We’ve Been and Where We are Going in Assessment and Treatment (with F Dicataldo, PhD).  Certified Juvenile Court Clinicians Specialty Training Day 1:  Assessing Juveniles with Sexual Offenses.  Division of Forensic Mental Health, MA Department of Mental Health.  Westborough, MA

04.10.19  “Having Difficult Conversations.”  Training for judges in the Judicial Mentoring Program, Judicial Institute of the Massachusetts Trial Court, Boston, MA

04.09.19  “Science in the Courtroom: Sentencing.”  Program for Federal Court Judges and Staff with Harvard Law Students.  Clinical Consultant Participant.  Harvard Law School.  Cambridge, MA.

04.06.19  “Adolescent Delinquent Misconduct:  Lessons from Neurodevelopment, Social Science, and Common Sense.”  Plenary address, annual Diversity Conference, Plymouth State University.  Plymouth, NH.

04.04.19  “Adolescent Neurodevelopment and Social Development:  Implications for Addressing Physical and Sexual Aggression in Adolescence and Young Adulthood.”  Joint Conference of MASOC/MATSA.  Marlboro, MA

03.27.19  “Problematic Sexual Behaviors and Juvenile Sexual Offenses.”  Psychiatry Resident Training Program (Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital), Boston MA

03.15.19  “Having Difficult Conversations.”  Training for judges in the Judicial Mentoring Program, Judicial Institute of the Massachusetts Trial Court, Boston, MA

01.15 and 18.19  “Adolescent Social and Neurodevelopment:  Implications for Youth Justice Systems.”   International Legal Foundation (NGO).  Videoconference training for defense attorneys and juvenile justice officials.  Ramallah, Occupied West Bank, Palestine.

01.13.19  “Adolescent Social and Neurodevelopment:  Implications for Youth Justice Systems.”  Invited lecture for class in Law and Neuroscience (Judge Nancy Gertner, ret., Instructor).  Harvard Law School.  Cambridge, MA

01.09.19  “Juvenile Firesetting:  Best Practices in Assessment and Intervention.”  Co-presenter for day-long conference jointly sponsored by MA Department of Mental Health, William James College, FirePsych, Inc. during day one of two-day conference.  University of Massachusetts Medical School South Campus, Shrewsbury, MA


12.14.18  “Hidden in Plain Sight:  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.”  Moderator and panel participant.  19th Annual Conference on Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare.  Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  Boston, MA.

12.12.18  “Mass Shooters and Mental Illness:  Is There A Link and What Would it Be?”  Grand Rounds (also webcast).  Massachusetts Mental Health Center.  Boston, MA

12.11.18  “Children and Firearms in Homes, Schools and Communities:  Policy, Public Health and Pediatric Practice in Crisis.”  Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Massachusetts General Hospital.  Boston, MA

12.11.18  “Developmental Neuroscience and Young Offenders.”  Video recorded lecture for federal judicial system.  Federal Judicial Center.  Washington, DC.

12.01.18 “Normative Adolescent Development and Developmental Complications:  Adversity, Trauma and Substance Abuse,” and “Case Study: Principles of Integrated Assessment and Formulation in Youth.”  20th Annual Conference on Contemporary Applications of Psychological Assessment (conference faculty and presenter for three day conference from 11.29 .18 – 12.01.18).  Massachusetts Mental Health Center and William James College.  Newton, MA.

11.13.18  “Child Welfare and Child Protection:  How Efforts to Protect  Children Inadvertently Help Drive the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.”  Bridgewater State University.  Bridgewater, MA.

11,13.18  “Ethics Conversations:  Part II.”  Webcast on ethics in psychological practice.  American Psychological Association.  Webcast from William James College, Newton, MA.

11.07.18  “Ethics Conversations:  Part I.”  Webcast on ethics in psychological practice.  American Psychological Association.  Webcast from William James College, Newton, MA.

11.03.18  “Ethics in Mental Health Practice:  The Clinician in Court.”  Day-long training with Reneau Kennedy, EdD.  Big Island Psychological Association.  Waimea, HI.

10.26.18  “The Violent Patient:  Clinical Strategies and Trauma Informed Responses.”  Day-long training with Robert Macy, PhD.  Brattleboro Retreat.  Brattleboro, VT

10.10 – 11.18   “ACEs, Adversity and Addiction:  Implications for Criminal Justice.”  Training for Pretrial Officers, Probation Supervision Officers, and Justices of the Federal Court for the Western District of Washington State.  Tacoma and Seattle, Washington State.

10.07.18  “Characteristics of Perpetrators of Mass Violence.”  Presentation with Dr. William Pollack (Harvard Medical School) and Dr. Jeffrey Swanson (Duke University School of Medicine).  Presenters and member for Expert Panel on Mass Violence.  National Council for Behavioral Health.  Chicago, IL

08.21.18  “Neurodevelopment, Adversity and Trauma, and Addiction:  What the Research Tells Us and Why It Matters.”  Plenary for National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.  Fort Worth, TX

08.98.18  “Law and Ethics for the Practicing Psychologist.”  With Dr. Reneau Kennedy.  Day-long preconference workshop, American Psychological Association.  San Francisco, CA

06.21.18  “Using the Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Assessment Protocol (MCAAP).”  Six hour training webinar for staff of Department of Children and Families and for qualifying examiners on use of this newly developed protocol for risk assessment and case planning for youth in DCF custody who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviors while in out-of-home placements.  With Phil Rich, Ed.D. and Kevin Creeden, MA.  Jointly supported by the MA Department of Children and Families and Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP).  Webinar platform.

06.08.18  “Adolescent Neurodevelopment:  Implications for Public Policy, Law and Judicial Practice.”  Presentation and then panel participant.  Vermont Judicial Education Conference.  Basin Harbor, Vergennes VT.

05.03-05.18  “Ask the Experts” panel with Mark Albanese, PhD and Judith Edersheim, MD, JD., and “Research to Practice Skill-Building:  Interpreting Supervision Behavior” with Judith Edersheim, MD, JD, and “Lessons in the Translation from Research to Federal Practice” with Chief Probation Officer Anthony Castellano (Northern District of Florida).  Federal Judicial Center – Harvard Law School Workshops on Science-Informed Decision-Making.  Harvard Law School.  Cambridge, MA.

04.20.18  “Innovative Cross-disciplinary Partnership Enables Rapid and Accurate FASD Diagnosis and Referrals to Support Services.”  Presentation with Enid Watson.  8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD.  University of British Columbia.  Vancouver, BC  Canada

04.15.18  “Development and Use of the Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Assessment Protocol (MCAAP).”  Day-long training for MAe Department of Children and Families (DCF) personnel and contracted evaluators for assessment of problematic sexual behaviors among children in the custody of DCF.  Jointly presented by the Department of Children and Families, MASOC.  William James College.  Newton, MA

04.11.18   “Ten Essential Elements of Effective Mental Health Courts.”  Presentation for Mental Health Courts: Teamwork and Collaboration conference jointly sponsored by the Judicial Institute of the Executive Office of the MA Trial Court and the Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts of UMass Medical School. Boston, MA

04.20.18  “Innovative Cross-disciplinary Partnership Enables Rapid and Accurate FASD Diagnosis and Referrals to Support Services.”  With Enid Watson, MDiv.  8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD.  University of British Columbia, April 18-21, 2018.  Vancouver, Canada

04.13.18  “The Development and Use of the MASOC Child and Adolescent Assessment Protocol (M-CAAP).  With Kevin Creeden, LICSW and Phil Rich, EdD.  20th Annual Joint Conference of MASOC/MATSA.  Marlboro, MA

04.12.18  “Adolescent Neurodevelopment, Trauma, and Substance Abuse:  Implications for Law, Policy and Practice.”  20th Annual Joint Conference of MASOC/MATSA.  Marlboro, MA

04.04.18  “How Would Federally Funded Research Prevent Gun Violence?”  Panelist with Dr. David Hemenway (Director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center) and Dr. Nancy LaiVigne (Vice President, Urban Institute Justice Policy Center.”  Congressional Briefing co-sponsored by American Public Health Association and American Psychological Association.  Sam Rayburn Office Building, Washington DC.

03.28.18  “Developmentally Informed Assessment and Intervention Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors and Adjudicated Sexual Offenses.”  Psychiatry Residents Training Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Boston, MA.

03.27.18  “Science-Informed Decision-Making in Sentencing.”  Expert consultant and commentator with Judith Edersheim, JD, MD.  Federal Judicial Center- Harvard Law School  Professional Development for Federal District Court Judges and Presentencing Officers.  Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA.

03.20.19  “What’s Age Got to Do With It?  The Implications of Sentencing Juvenile As Adults.”  Co-presenting with Jean Trounstine and First Justice Jay Blitzman.  National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  San Diego, CA.

03.14.18  “Strategies for Communication with Mentally Ill Litigants.”  Training for Suffolk County CPCS Attorneys and Assistant District Attorneys.  Co-presenting with Dr. Stephanie Tabashneck.  Boston, MA.

03.2-3.18  Lead faculty for Weekend in Residence for professional development Certificate program in Juvenile Justice and Mental Health (including training on risk assessment/operational threat assessment, adolescent neurodevelopment).  William James College.  Newton MA.

02.07.18  “Adolescent and Young Adult Neurodevelopment:  Science, Legal and Policy Implications.”  Co-presenting with Dr. Leah Somerville.  Course in Law and Neuroscience, Harvard Law School.  Cambridge, MA.


08.05.16  “Duty to Protect?  Balancing Social Justice with the Limitations of Research Findings.”  Presenter and discussion moderator.  American Psychological Association annual conference.  Denver, CO.

08.05.16  “Intimate Partners and Firearms:  Violence Prevention through Policy and Advocacy.”  Panel participant.  American Psychological Association annual conference.  Denver, CO

08.04.16  “Advances in Addressing Violence:  Assessment, Attachment and Treatment.”  Day-long workshop with Dr. Lisa Firestone in the APA Presidential Human Rights Series, American Psychological Association annual conference.  Denver, CO.

08.03.16.  “Law and Ethics for the Practicing Psychologist.”  Day-long preconference workshop for American Psychological Association Continuing Education programs.  Denver, CO.

06.15.16  “Neurodevelopment in a Social World:  Adolescent Crime, Punishment and Effective Policy and Practice.” Co-Presenting with Vincent Schiraldi. Office of the District Attorney of Suffolk County.  Boston, MA.

06.03.16  “What Juvenile Courts Need to Know About Providing Effective Services to Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders.” Annual conference of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.  Anaheim, CA.

06.01.16 “Competence to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility in Juvenile Cases.”  Youth at Risk Conference, Beverly, MA.

05.27.16  “Professional Ethics and Mental Health Practice: Version.2016”  Day-long training on ethics and professional practice.  Vermont Trauma Institute.  Burlington, VT.

05.10.16  “Should We Ever Sentence Juveniles As Adults?”  Youth debate followed by discussant panel (Harris, Carey, Kinscherff).  Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School.  Cambridge, MA

04.20.16 “Problematic Sexual Behaviors and Sexual Offenses in Children and Adolescents.”  Professional staff and psychiatry residents training series. McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Belmont, MA.

04.15.16 “Boundaries in Mental Health Practice.”  Half-day training sponsored by NorthEast Health Services. Taunton, MA.

04.14.16  “The Development and Use of the MASOC Child and Adolescent Assessment Protocol (M-CAAP).  Co-presenter on half-day workshop on development and use of assessment tool for problematic sexual behaviors and juvenile sexual offenders.  MASOC/MATSA Annual Conference.  Marlboro, MA

04.13.16  “Boys to Men to Boys:  What is the Role of Psychology and Neuroscience in the post-Miller and Montgomery Era?”  Presentation jointly sponsored by Harvard Law School (Petrie Flom Center) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Center for Law, Brain and Behavior).  Cambridge, MA.

04.08.16  “Ethical and Legal Updates for School Psychologists.”  CE program for school psychologists, William James College.  Newton, MA.

03.28.16  “Implications of Adolescent Neurodevelopment for Juvenile and Criminal Justice.”  NeuroEthics, Graduate Program in Bioethics, Harvard Medical School.  Boston, MA.

03.17.16  “Ethics in Child and Adolescent Sexual Offender Assessment, Intervention, and Management.”  Videotaped day-long training in Master Series, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  Newton, MA.

02.04.16  “Adolescent Brain Development:  Implications for Neurons, Neighborhoods, Public Policy and Practice.”  Commonwealth Senior Leadership Series (senior leadership of MA state child-serving agencies), MA Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.  Worcester, MA. 

02.03.16  “Violence Risk Assessment with Youth and Young Adults.”  Grand Rounds.  Cambridge Health Alliance.  Cambridge Hospital.  Cambridge, MA

02.01.16  and 04.04.16.  “Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders.”  Judicial training conference.  Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.  Lombard, IL


12.05.15  “Advances in Addressing Violence:  Assessment, Attachment and Treatment.”  With Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.  Day-long training for professionals.  William James College.  Newton, MA

12.03.15  “Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts:  Lessons Learned.”  Statewide conference on specialized drug courts.  Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals.  Murfreesboro, TN

11.03.2015 “Trauma and Traumatization of Child-Serving Systems.”  Professional development for personnel of the Department of Children and Families.  Bridgewater State University.  Bridgewater, MA

10.28.15  “Violence Risk Assessment in Youth” and “Operational Threat Assessment for Schools.”  Workshops for Alberta Conference on Mental Health in Schools.  Calgary, Canada

10.21.15  “Competence to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility.”  Co-presenter with Attorney J. Califano in criminal law class of Professor Nancy King.  Harvard Law School.  Cambridge, MA

10.15.15  “Development of the M-CAAP”  Co-presenter on the development and content of a risk assessment protocol for case planning for youth with problematic or sexually aggressive behaviors in placement with the MA Department of Children and Families.  Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  Montreal, Canada

09.28.15  “From Troubled Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and Law.”  Panel presenter at symposium jointly sponsored by Harvard Law School (Petrie-Flom Center) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Center for Law, Brain and Behavior)  Cambridge, MA

09.24.15  “What is the Hoffman Report?  What Does it Say?”  Panel presenter for symposium on the “Hoffman Report” regarding American Psychological Association and the investigative report about its relationship to use of torture by national security and military authorities post-9/11.  William James College, Newton, MA

08.5-9.15  “Law and Ethics for the Practicing Psychologist” day-long preconference workshop;  Symposium: “What is Psychology’s Role in Firearm Violence Research and Prevention?;”  Symposium: “Interactive Panel Discussion on Ethical Challenges in Child and Adolescent Psychology;” Symposium:  “Mental Health, Violence, and Policy Realities and Recommendations.”  Annual conference of the American Psychological Association.  Toronto, Canada.

06.19.15  “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained:  Managing Therapeutic Risk When Serving Persons with High-Risk Behaviors.”  Office of Continuing Education, American Psychological Association.  Washington, DC.

06.15.15  “Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Justice-Involved Youth with Mental Health Disorders.”  Co-presenting with North Dakota state Representative Diane Larson.  National Council of State Legislators, Charleston, SC.

05.11.15  “Clinical, Forensic and Ethical Issues in Conceptualizing and Assessing Violence.”  Workshop for Juvenile Court Clinician Conference, MA Department of Mental Health and Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court Department, Worcester, MA.

04.24.15  “Legal Implications of Adolescent Brain Development.”  Appellate Division, Children’s Public Defenders and New York Trial Court.  Albany, NY.

04.16.15  “Ethical and Legal Issues in Trauma Work.”  Staff training at The Trauma Center, Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, MA.

04.09.15  “Fifty Shades of Grey:  Approaches to Assessment and Risk Management of Persons with Severe Mental Illness, Sexual Offending, and Antisocial Personality.”  Workshop co-presented with Kerry Nelligan, Psy.D. for annual conference of MATSA/MASOC, Marlborough, MA

04.08.15  “The MC-APP: Development of a Structured Professional Judgment Tool for Assessment of Problematic Sexual Behaviors Among Children and Adolescents.”  Co-presenting with M-CAPP Working Group Members, full-day  workshop for annual conference of MATSA/MASOC, Marlborough, MA

03.20.15  “Clinical, Forensic and Ethical Issues in Violence Risk Assessment and Management.”  Invited half-day workshop for Professional Development Training Institute, American Psychological Association. Washington, DC

03.12.15  “Juvenile Justice and the Adolescent Brain:  Is Healthy Neurodevelopment a Civil Right?” Moderator and presenter for symposium of MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA.

03.10.15  “Through a Glass, Darkly:  Intersections of Psychology, Law and Public Policy.”  Criminal Justice Student’s Group.  Newbury College, Brookline MA

03.07.15  “Mind, Body and Addiction in Life and Law.”  Presentation and panel for New England Law Students Mental Health Symposium, Harvard Law School.  Cambridge, MA

03.06.15  “Confronting Violence In Professional Practice.”  Day-long training for Rhode Island Psychological Association.  Warwick, RI

01.22.15  “Violence Risk Assessment and Management:  Best Practices and Implications for Psychiatric Inpatient Units.  Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center (MA Department of Mental Health). Boston, MA

Winter 2015  “Juvenile Justice and Mental Health.”  Blended learning professional development Certificate Program, Certificate Program in Child and Family Forensic Psychology.  William James College.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

Concurrent Work Experience

  • Science Faculty and Assistant Managing Director for Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
  • Senior Advisor, National Center on Youth Opportunity and Justice, Delmar NY
  • Clinical Consultant and Team Member, Deferred Sentencing Program, Federal Court for the District of Rhode Island, Providence RI

Current Professional Leadership

  • Chair,  Working Group on Juvenile Solitary Confinement, American Psychological Association
  • Designee of American Psychological Association for gun violence and gun policy briefings (e.g., Congressional, RAND Corporation), presentations (e.g.,  Main Stage event at  2019 APA Annual Convention), and membership on expert panels and working groups (e.g.,  2016 White House Summit on Community Violence, National Council of Behavioral Health Expert Working Group on Mass Violence)
  • Member of Planning Committee and Presenter for national Federal Judicial Center trainings on Science in the Courtroom series for  federal district court teams from US states and territories, Harvard Law School
  • Planning Board, International Association on Firesetter Intervention, Research and Evaluation ( IFIRE),  currently implementing an international association of multidisciplinary professionals addressing fire setting by youth and adults
  • Friend of the Board, MASOC (regional professional association for prevention and treatment of sexually abusive behavior by youth)
  • Planning Committee, annual conferences on Child Welfare and Delinquency, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

Prior Professional Leadership includes:

  • Member and on Executive Committee, Board of Professional Affairs, American Psychological Association
  • Chair (two terms), Ethics Committee, American Psychological Association
  • Chair, Committee on Legal Issues, American Psychological Association
  • Chair, Gun Violence Policy Review Task Force, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Committee on Professional Practices and Standards, American Psychological Association
  • APA Chair, Joint Task Force with the American Bar Association
  • Member, National Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Board Member and Editorial Board Member, Society for Terrorism Research
  • Section Council Member, Juvenile and Child Welfare, Massachusetts Bar Association

Prior Work Experience includes:

  • Director of Forensic Studies, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College)
  • Director of Clinical Services, Easter Seals of New Hampshire
  • Forensic Examiner, Massachusetts Parole Board
  • Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health, MA Department of Mental Health
  • Director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services, Juvenile Court Department, MA Trial Court
  • Director of Forensic Training (Adult), Law and Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Forensic Mental Health
  • American Psychological Association
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association

Community Engagement

  • Pro bono evaluations  of indigent defendants, parole-eligible inmates, others
  • Pro bono consultations to defense counsel and prosecutors on forensic evaluation, risk management,  professional standards and practices issues.
  • Pro bono consultations to behavioral health, child protection, and other professionals from multiple disciplines on clinical, legal, ethical, and risk management issues.
  • Pro bono professional development presentations, staff training presentations, and other teaching and training activities for groups including:  trial and appellate judges at state and federal levels; behavioral health and medical professionals; law enforcement; prosecutors and defense attorneys; family law attorneys; child protection professionals; family law attorneys; probation and parole officers serving state and federal courts, juvenile justice, or criminal justice systems
  • Uncompensated participation in state government Commissions and Working Groups in Massachusetts and New Hampshire on juvenile justice, criminal justice, and child protection matters
  • Uncompensated participation in authoring or consulting to authors of amicus briefs including briefs filed before the US Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Massachusetts appellate courts.
  • Uncompensated mentoring and supervision of candidates for Designated Forensic Professionals or Certified Juvenile Court Clinicians in Massachusetts.
  • Uncompensated (including travel costs) site visits for the Emancipation Project to programs in Nepal serving persons who had been commercially sexually trafficked in Nepal and India.