Faculty Bios

Anthony D’Urso, PsyD, Co-Founder and Director, Certificate and Advanced Studies Programs in Forensic Psychology

Dr. D’Urso, Associate Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. His primary interests are Child Psychopathology, Forensic Psychology & Victimization/PTSD in Children.

On faculty at Montclair State since 1994, he teaches in the School Psychology and Child/Clinical Programs specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Abnormal Psychology and School Based Consultation. He also provides case centered supervision for Montclair State University graduate students in the School Psychology and Learning Disability Teacher Consultant programs in the Assessment Center. Prior to Montclair State, he taught (1987-1994) at the doctoral level as a Visiting Clinical Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University offering courses in School Based Consultation, Clinical Supervision and Children and the Law. From 1982-1987, he served as adjunct faculty at Drew University, teaching courses in the Psychology of Adjustment, Abnormal Psychology and Psychology and Law.

Dr. D’Urso also consults in the three major private hospital systems in New Jersey, developing clinical services for children who are victims of child abuse and neglect. He has been appointed by the last four governors to chair prestigious child welfare reform panels. Dr. D’Urso served as the Chair of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Welfare, generally regarded as the most comprehensive assessment and recommendation for child welfare reform in New Jersey. Dr. D’Urso served as Chair of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board for 16 years. He has been a member of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect for 15 years.

Dr. D’Urso’s professional credits also include three Supreme Court cases that cite his opinions in the area of sexual assault and syndrome testimony. His design for multi-disciplinary case management teams for child victims of crime remain implemented in each of the twenty-one counties in New Jersey. He co-founded Finding Words – New Jersey, the second certified forensic interviewing academy in the United States by the national Child Protection and Training Center. Finding Words – NJ promotes a semi-structured child interview protocol adopted by all twenty-one counties in New Jersey as the preferred forensic investigative interviewing method with child victims.

Jason Dickinson, PhD, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Certificate and Advanced Studies Programs in Forensic Psychology

Dr. Dickinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Montclair State University. He received his M.S. in experimental psychology from Central Michigan University and his PhD in legal psychology from Florida International University. Dr. Dickinson’s research interests include forensic interviewing, eyewitness memory and testimony, disclosure of child sexual abuse, and the psychology of police interrogations and suspect confessions. Dr. Dickinson currently holds concurrent research grants from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of cuing on children’s source monitoring and eyewitness memory. Dr. Dickinson regularly consults with defense attorneys and prosecutors to provide scientific analyses of children’s forensic interviews and eyewitness testimony.