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Christopher King

Associate Professor, Psychology

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Dr. Chris King is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) for the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York State, and a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania. Dr. King can be reached at the contact information above, or at the separate email link below in regards to his role as DCT. See also the below link to Dr. King's LinkedIn page.


Dr. King was trained in clinical psychology as well as law. He teaches courses at the intersection of these two areas at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research lab focuses on forensic psychology, correctional psychology, police and public safety psychology, and mental health law. This includes a current practice-related research interest in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a type of treatment for which Dr. King supervises an in-house training clinic that serves persons reentering the community from federal prison. It also includes a practice-related research interest in preemployment psychological screening of police candidates. See the below links for more about Dr. King's research areas, links to his Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles, information about applying to Dr. King's research lab, and FAQs for PhD applicants.


Dr. King next plans to review PhD applications for the 2024–2025 application season, for a mentee to begin fall 2025. He is not considering mentoring fall 2024 applicants.

Among other reasons, due to his primary obligation to MSU applicants and incoming or current MSU students, many of whom are interested in his research lab, Dr. King very rarely invites others (e.g., high school students, those seeking postbac research experience) to join his lab.


Office Hours


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dickson Hall 455 (please also email ahead of time if planning to stop by)


Research Projects

Forensic psychology and mental health law

Current directions/projects:

(a) Law and practice concerning forensic psychological testing.

(b) Law and practice concerning hybrid psychological–legal concepts for evaluation.

See link for recent articles, book chapters, and presentations.

Correctional psychology

Current directions/projects:

(a) The clinical utility of incorporating the self-perceptions of justice-involved persons and digital technologies into correctional human services, including the development of the latter.

(b) The interpretability of measures of developmental maturity and criminal sophistication, as used in evaluations of justice-involved juveniles, by examining the comparative performance of justice-involved young adults on these measures.

(c) Validation of theories underlying correctional human service principles.

(d) Program-evaluation work on a telehealth Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for persons who are reentering the community from federal prison.

See link for recent articles, book chapters, and presentations.

Police and public safety psychology

Current directions/projects:

(a) Multicultural topics in pre-employment psychological screenings for police officer candidates.

(b) The utility of structured professional judgment in conducting pre-employment psychological screenings for police officer candidates.

See link for recent articles, book chapters, and presentations.

Secondary research themes

Dr. King occasionally branches out within or beyond his primary research themes when a compelling idea arises from colleagues or students.

See link for examples.