Our Instructors

Our instructors are internationally recognized experts, prolific authors, and engaging presenters. They are passionate about providing evidence-based understanding, knowledge, and skills that professionals can apply in practice.

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Dr. Bruce Bongar, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPM, received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and served his internship in clinical community psychology with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Jerrod Brown is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions.

Joyce Chu, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Palo Alto University. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Stanford University, her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Alana N. Cook, R.Psych. works in private practice providing treatment and psycholegal assessment services in and around Vancouver, BC. She is a Registered Psychologist of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

Dr. Keith Cruise is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Clinical-Forensic Specialization in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University.

Heather Ellis Cucolo is an adjunct professor in New York Law School’s online mental disability law program, has served as Acting Director of that program, and has contributed to the development of courses within the program.

Dr. Mark Cunningham is a clinical and forensic psychologist whose practice is national in scope. He is board-certified in clinical psychology and in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and is licensed in 17 states.

Dr. David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology.

Dr. Sarah L. Desmarais is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Applied Social and Community Psychology Graduate Program at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Kevin Douglas received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Itiel Dror is a cognitive neuroscientist who received his Ph.D. at Harvard (1994) in the area of cognitive factors in human expert performance.

Dr. John Edens is a Professor of Psychology and formerly the Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University (TAMU).

Dr. Jay Flens is a board certified clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Valrico, Florida. He is licensed to practice as a psychologist in Florida where his practice is devoted primarily to family law-related cases.

Dr. William Foote received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1978. He has been in private practice as a forensic psychologist since 1979 and has conducted over 3000 forensic evaluations.

Dr. Michele Galietta is Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York where she served as Director of the  Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program from 2005-2013

Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., MPH, Co-Director of CLEAR, is professor of psychology at Palo Alto University. He received his Ph.D. from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now PAU).

Dr. Laura S. Guy obtained her BA in psychology at McGill University in Quebec, MA in clinical (forensic) psychology at Sam Houston State University in Texas, and PhD in clinical (forensic) psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Dr. Stephen D. Hart obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has been on faculty in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University since 1990, and has held the rank of Professor since 2001.

Dr. Randall Kropp is a clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in the assessment and management of violent offenders. He works as a threat assessment specialist for Protect International.

Dr. Ira K. Packer, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, directs the highly respected UMMS Postdoctoral Residency Program in Forensic Psychology.

Michael L. Perlin; An internationally-recognized expert on mental disability law, Michael L. Perlin has devoted his career to championing legal rights for people with mental disabilities.

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld is a Professor of Psychology at Fordham University. His research encompasses a wide range of forensic psychology topics, including malingering, violence risk triage and cross-cultural influences on the assessment process.

Dr. Randall T. Salekin is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama where he also serves as Director of the Disruptive Behavior Clinic.

Dr. Ivan Kruh received his PhD from the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Alabama, where he concentrated in the study of Forensic Psychology and obtained specialized training in Child Clinical Psychology.

Dr. David Martindale, diplomate in forensic psychology (ABPP), functions as a consultant to psychologists, attorneys, and state regulatory boards.

Dr. Tonia L. Nicholls is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Randy Otto is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in clinical psychology and forensic psychology (ABPP).  He has been a faculty member at the University of South Florida since 1989.

Lisa Drago Piechowski, Ph.D., ABPP, a board certified forensic psychologist (ABPP), has been in practice for more than twenty years. Specializing in civil forensic matters.

Dr. Martin Sellbom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University.

Dr. Jodi Viljoen, R. Psyc. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University, an Associate Director of the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence.

Dr. Kelly A. Watt, PhD, obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Christopher Weaver is an Associate Professor at Palo Alto University, and Director of PAU’s Forensic Psychology Program.

Dr. Patricia A. Zapf obtained her PhD in Clinical Forensic psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada and currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.

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