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Christopher King

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dickson Hall 455
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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. My lab website is accessible at

For the Fall 2018 Term, I hold office hours on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm at my lab office on the second floor of 10 Normal Ave. (Coder House), which can be accessed via the side door to the house and then proceeding up the stairs. I can also meet at either Coder House or my faculty office (Dickson Hall room 455) by appointment, which can be set up by emailing me.

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.


Office Hours


10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Research Projects

Case law references as a big-picture snapshot of psychological test use in forensic mental health assessment

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.

Self-perceptions versus evaluator-perceptions regarding correctional assessment and treatment issues

My lab is conducting a longitudinal study 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.

Language preferences concerning persons who are justice involved

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.

Criminal sophistication and developmental maturity of young adults who are and are not justice involved

My lab is currently conducting a study examining 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.

Treatment decision-making competence among persons referred for competence to proceed evaluations

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.

Cognitive and personality functioning among public safety professions recruits

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.