TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

 
 

FIELDING GRADUATE UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY, Santa Barbara, CA  

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Emphasis in Clinical Psychology, 2005

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL, Lowell, MA                               

Master of Education, with High Honors, 1988

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, with Honors, 1987 

Licensed psychologist in Massachusetts (licensed in February 2008) and New York (licensed in April 2013)

Board-Certified as a forensic psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

 

FORENSIC EXPERIENCE

Lecturer on Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 2015 – present

Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (part-time), 2012 – 2015

CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, Cambridge, MA   

·       Teach interns and residents through developed courses on evaluating/managing risk of self/other harm.

·       Train interns and residents in providing forensic psychological testimony.

·       Consulted with Cambridge Police participating in a collaborative, preventative/diversionary program for juveniles known as “Safety Net.”

·       Provided trainings to Cambridge Police regarding risk, dangerousness, and mental health issues.

·       Supervised psychology doctoral students.

Director, 2013 – present

BOSTON SYMPOSIUM ON PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW, Boston, MA

·       Founded annual symposium examining topics in forensic psychology with mission to expand the body of knowledge and the state of practice in the field. Topics include civil commitment, volition and the law, trial consulting, and personal injury.

·       Spearheaded approval process from the American Psychological Association. The Boston Symposium on Psychology and the Law is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Symposium on Psychology and the Law maintains responsibility for programs and content.

President, 2017 − present

ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT IN PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY AND LAW

·        Serve as president of organization to advancing the state of the science in matters concerning the intersection of psychological injury and the law.

Psychologist, 2008 − present

PRIVATE PRACTICE, Boston, MA

·       Provide forensic services for adolescents and adults. Apply principles of psychology to the law.

·       Services apply to a wide range of criminal proceedings including criminal responsibility, risk of sexual offense recidivism, competency to stand trial/waive Miranda, aide-in-sentencing, risk of violence. Criminal cases include burglary, assault and battery, murder, breaking and entering, possession/distribution controlled substances, stalking, and possession/distribution of weapons.

·       Services apply to a wide range of civil proceedings including sexual dangerousness commitment, mental health commitment, substituted judgment, guardianship, mental stability, personal injury (including posttraumatic stress disorder), disability determination, and dangerousness post-NGRI.

·       Evaluate individuals’ mental state to determine intent, understanding of behavior, the presence of mental and/or personality disorders, the risk of recidivism or potential for improvement, and other psychological considerations.

·       Perform extensive assessment batteries including cognitive testing, forensic evaluation procedures, personality testing, and specialized testing (including posttraumatic stress disorder).

Forensic Evaluator, 2007 − 2009

NFI, Danvers, MA

FORENSIC HEALTH SERVICES/BEDFORD POLICY INSTITUTE, Braintree, MA

Clinical Director, Metro Revocation Treatment Unit, 2007 − 2008

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, DEPT. OF YOUTH SERVICES, Boston, MA

Clinician, 2005 – 2007

THE JUDGE ROTENBERG CENTER, Canton, MA

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Psychologist, 2008 − present

PRIVATE PRACTICE, Boston, MA  

·      Provide psychotherapy services for both adolescents and adults.

·       Treat a wide range of disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders (including PTSD), personality disorders, paraphilias, and major mental illnesses.

·       Perform assessment batteries including cognitive testing, personality testing, and specialized testing.

Sex Offender Specialist, 2007 − 2009

THE COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY CENTER, Needham, MA                            

Clinical Director, Metro Revocation Treatment Unit, 2007 − 2008  

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, DEPT. OF YOUTH SERVICES, Boston, MA                 

Clinician, 2005 − 2007

THE JUDGE ROTENBERG CENTER, Canton, MA            

Doctoral Intern, 2003 − 2004

EDITH NOURSE ROGERS MEMORIAL VETERANS’ AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER, Bedford, MA              

Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2000 − 2002

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, CENTER FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDIES, Boston, MA

Psychotherapist, 2000 − 2002

CHARLES RIVER HOSPITAL, Wellesley, MA                                                                     

Director, Trauma & Crisis Services Department (promoted from Assistant Director), 1998 − 2000

THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE NETWORK OF MASSACHUSETTS, Boston, MA                

Psychotherapist, 1995 − 1998

HERBERT LIPTON COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, Fitchburg, MA

                                 

TEACHING & EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Faculty Member, 2013 – 2015

CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, Chicago, IL                                           

Faculty Member, 2008 − 2010

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, CENTER FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDIES, Boston, MA

Educational Counselor, 1995 – 1998

HOLLISTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Holliston, MA

                                                

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE

Held the rank of Captain

Served as Deputy Director, Admissions Liaison Officers, Massachusetts and Health Care Administrator

TOWN OF ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS

Served as a Selectman, Chairman, and Police Commissioner.

 

RESEARCH

·       Researched effectiveness of community-based, collaborative curriculum to reduce recidivism in violent and sexual offenders – Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Youth Services, Boston, Massachusetts.

·       Conducted research on the effectiveness of mindfulness techniques in alleviating psychological conditions – Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts, 2004.

·       Researched nature and experience of affect as a transformative agent in psychotherapy as Research Assistant supervised by Leigh McCullough, Ph.D. – Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999-2000.

 

PRESENTATIONS & PANELS

·       “Introduction to Personal Injury Evaluations” – Boston Symposium of Psychology and the Law.

·       “Introduction to Trial Consulting” – Boston Symposium of Psychology and the Law.

·       “Attorney Consultations in Case Preparation” – Boston University School of Law.

·       “Role of Expert Witness in SVP Evaluations” – Boston University School of Law.

·       “The Psychological Concept of Volition” – Boston Symposium of Psychology and the Law.

·       Mental Health Law Course, Mock Debate – Marquette University Law School.

·       “Youth Level of Service Inventory Training” – Cambridge Police Department.

·       “Volitional Impairment in SVP Evaluations” – Boston Symposium on Psychology and the Law.

·       “SVP Evaluations.” – Boston University School of Law.

·       “Expert Role in Mental Health Commitment.” – Presentation at Attorney Training.

·        “Assessing Volitional Impairment in Sexually Violent Predator Evaluations [In, “Emergent controversies in civil commitment evaluations of sexually dangerous persons”]” – American Psychology-Law Society Conference Symposium.

·       “Evaluating Risk for Violence” – Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.

·       “Shall We Dance? The Role of Presence, Empathy, and Connection in the Healing Relationship” – Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy.

·       “Use of Psychological Testing in Forensic Settings” – Presentation at Attorney Training.

·       “Expert Role in Sex Offender Registration Proceedings” -  Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

·       “Expert Role in Legal Proceedings involving Sex Offenses” – Presentation at Attorney Training.

·       “Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations” – Presentation at Attorney Training.

·       “Dialectical Behavior Therapy” – Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.

·       “Community-Based Treatment Curriculum for Offending Youth” – Massachusetts Dept. of Youth Services.

·        “Overview of Critical Incident Stress Management” and “Violent Behavior: Identification, Prevalence and Prevention” – Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

·        “Coping with Stress and Anxiety” – Boston Public Schools.

·       “Violence Prevention in the Community” – Boston Housing Authority.

 

PUBLICATIONS

·       “Assessing Volitional Impairment in Sexually Violent Predator Evaluations,” Sexual Offender Treatment, Journal of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, 2012.

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

·      Member, American Psychology-Law Society.

·      Moderator, International Listserv in Forensic Psychology (the American Psychology-Law Society’s discussion forum).