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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, police and public safety psychology, and mental health law. My lab website is accessible at http://www.chriskinglab.com
I also serve as the Associate Director of Clinical Training for our PhD and MA Programs in Clinical Psychology, respectively, overseeing graduate students' clinical services provision training experiences in conjunction with the Director of Clinical Training. In addition, I serve as Director of the Forensic Psychology Concentration of the MA Program in Clinical Psychology, a role I carry out in conjunction with the Director of the MA Program in Clinical Psychology.
For the Spring 2019 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.
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 forensic psychology, correctional psychology, and mental health law. I also have practice and research interests in police and public safety psychology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Case law references as a big-picture snapshot of psychological test use in forensic mental health assessment
My colleagues and I have coded 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 collecting data 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 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.
Police and public safety psychology research line
My lab is collaborating with my colleague on several research projects concerning police and public safety candidates, incumbent police and public safety personnel referred for fitness-for-duty evaluations, and related evaluation methods.
Technology-delivered or -complimented correctional rehabilitation
My colleague and our labs are currently collaborating on development and pilot testing of technology meant to deliver or compliment correctional rehabilitation services.