What I do
Assistant Professor, Masters of Forensic Psychology<br>Graduate School of Professional Psychology
After completing my postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, I worked as a staff psychologist at New Jersey State Prison. I then took a job in community forensic mental health and later became the Chief of Forensic Mental Health for the State of Hawaii. As Chief, I focused on implementing community forensic services and refining court-ordered forensic evaluations across the state. I began my faculty appointment at DU in 2011 while also working half-time as a competency evaluator for the State of Colorado's Office of Behavioral Health. As a full-time faculty, I created the University of Denver's Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST), our program's postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology, and the state's first outpatient competency restoration program. I also conduct forensic evaluations and consult on public forensic mental health systems across the country, specializing in competency to stand trial systems and services.
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, 1999
- BA, Psychology , The University of Texas at Austin, 1992
Licensure / Accreditations
- Licensed Psychologist
My research focuses on bias in forensic evaluation, quality and reliability of forensic evaluation, and improvements to the public forensic mental health system.
- Denver First Competency Restoration Project
- Colorado Tramatic Brain Injury State Implementation Partnership Grant Program
- PHASE Day Reporting Grant
- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless MHCD
- Prevention of Violence and Trauma of Women and Girls
(2016). Lookin' for beds in all the wrong places: Outpatient competency restoration. Journal of Psychology, Public Policy, and Law..
(2016). Field reliabilty influences field validity: Risk assessments of individuals found NGRI. Psychological Assessment..
(2016). New frontiers for conditional release: Applying lessons learned from other offenders with mental illness. Behavioral Sciences & the Law..
(2014). The impact of ethnicity on competency to stand trial evaluations. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry..
(1997). The effects of heavy metal music on anger and arousal. The Journal of Music Therapy, 34, 33-45..
(2018). What does race mean to me?. Cape Town, South Africa..
(2019). Competent competency restoration: Program evaluation of outpatient restoration. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference. Portland, OR..
(2018). A survey of forensic psychology postdoctoral programs. APLS 2018. Memphis, TN..
(2017). Challenges and solutions in forensic psychology. Pan-African Psychology Union Congress . Durban, South Africa..
(2017). Decision-making in post-insanity acquittal conditional release evaluations. International Association of Law and Mental Health. Prague..
(2018). Forensic evaluators’ perspectives on mandated video recording. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference. Memphis, TN..
(2018). Monitoring one’s personal bias in forensic evaluation: a how-to guide. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference. Memphis, TN..
(2018). Mandated video recording of legal sanity evaluations. APLS 2018. Memphis, TN..
(2018). Outpatient competency restoration programs: Updates on the hows, wheres, and whos. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference. Memphis, TN..
(2018). Validation of risk-need-responsivity assessment measures. APLS 2018. Memphis, TN..
- Service Learning Faculty of the Year, CCESL