As an Assistant Professor of Psychology at MSU, I teach and conduct research primarily related to adult and juvenile clinical-forensic psychology, correctional psychology, and mental health law.
Summaries of several data-collection projects I'm heading or with which I'm involved are provided below. I also do non-empirical research, including writing book chapters and practice-oriented journal articles. If you're interested in learning more about my research that is or is not summarized below (including project ideas still in development and non-empirical works), please don't hesitate to contact me. I'd love to hear from you.
I'm pleased to announce that my colleagues and I recently published a book about youth transfer, disposition, and rehabilitation in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. The link to this text is provided below.
My training background is in both clinical psychology and law (I maintain out-of-state licensed attorney status in Pennsylvania). My primary areas of specialization are adult and juvenile clinical-forensic psychology, correctional psychology, and mental health law. However, as I also enjoy the research and collaboration process in general, I occasionally work on empirical or non-empirical projects of interest that fall outside of these areas.
My colleagues and I are coding summary case law data in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia to ascertain temporal and topical trends in forensic psychological testing.
My lab is in the beginning stages of research concerning the Risk-Need-Responsivity model of effective correctional rehabilitation, and specifically, the self-perceptions of persons who are justice involved regarding their own risk, need, and responsivity factors, versus the perceptions of those who evaluate them.
My lab is in the beginning stages of research concerning person-first versus characteristic-first (the latter being potentially more stigmatizing) language preferences for different types of persons who are justice involved.
My mentee and I are currently conducting a meta-analysis of risk factors for military veterans having a history of justice involvement, being justice involved, or offending in the future.
My lab is currently in the beginning stages of research on the criminal sophistication and developmental maturity of young adults who are and are not justice involved, to enable comparisons for youth who are justice involved and being considered for transfer to or from adult court partially on the basis of their perceived sophistication-maturity.
I am currently collaborating on an analysis of archival data to assess the extent to which persons referred for competency to proceed evaluations screen positive for both incompetence to proceed and incompetence for medical decision-making.
My lab is currently collaborating with my colleague who has been amassing clinical data concerning the psychosocial histories and cognitive and personality functioning of recruits in the hiring process for public safety professions.
My lab is currently collaborating with Dr. Tina Zottoli's lab at MSU, as well as some of our other colleagues, on a large review project of the law and academic literature on plea bargaining to identify areas in need of psychological science.
My lab has begun to collaborate with my colleague on psycholegal research concerning public policy related to dating violence and related types of violence among youths
My colleague and I are currently conducting a meta-analysis of telepsychological services.