Dr. Keith Cruise
Dr. Keith Cruise is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Clinical-Forensic Specialization in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Legal Studies degree from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Cruise conducts research on the clinical-forensic assessment of youth within the juvenile justice system. Various research projects have included development and validation of specialized risk assessment protocols, investigating the utility of mental health screening instruments with justice-involved youth, and impact of trauma on delinquent behavior. Dr. Cruise’s clinical-forensic practice has involved providing direct care assessment and treatment services with justice-involved youth conducting post-disposition assessments of risk and treatment amenability, providing expert testimony to juvenile courts, and developing treatment protocols for this population. Dr. Cruise also has over 14 years of experience providing consultation and training services to local and state juvenile justice agencies. Recent work has involved collaborating on the development of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START:AV) and evaluating complex trauma exposure and associated treatment and management needs in justice-involved youth. Dr. Cruise is co-investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Justice to examine the effectiveness of enhanced mental health screening for poly-victimization in justice-involved youth and is a funded core faculty member of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, a technical assistance center that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Dr. Cruise is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology-Law Society, the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.