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. Joseph Bankman, JD, PsyD, is the Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business at Stanford Law School and a licensed psychologist.

Dr. Bruce Bongar

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. Stanley Brodsky is Professor Emeritus at The University of Alabama, where he coordinated the psychology-law PhD concentration for the last 2+ decades.

Dr. Jaime Brower is a licensed clinical psychologist working out of Denver, Colorado. She is American Board Certified as a specialist in the area of Police & Public Safety Psychology.

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.

Dr. Joyce Chu

Dr. Joyce Chu 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. Kelly Coker, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Counseling Department at Palo Alto University and is a licensed professional counselor (#4490) in North Carolina.

Dr. Alana Cook

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. David Cooke is accredited by the Risk Management Authority (RMA) to undertake risk assessment reports under section 210C and 210D of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

Dr. Robert J. Cramer obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology (forensic emphasis) from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL, USA).

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.

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

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. Brian Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving risk factors for mistaken eyewitness identifications and mistaken eyewitness memories in 1989.

Dr. David DeMatteo

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 Desmarais
Dr. Sarah L. Desmarais is an Associate Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University and the 2015 recipient of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

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. Dror has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles specifically looking at cognitive factors that mediate human expert performance.

Dr. John Edens

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

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. Bill Foote

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

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

Dr. Peter Goldblum

Dr. 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 Guy

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. Yotam Heineberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and a clinical faculty member at Palo Alto university’s Gronowski Center, where he offers supervision, clinical and didactic psychotherapy training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and other compassion focused approaches to healing and growth.

Dr. Charlie Heriot-Maitland is a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer (University of Glasgow; Balanced Minds).

Dr. Lorraine Johnstone, BA(Hons)., DClin.Psychol, AFBPS, is a Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Visiting Professor, and Head of Child and Family Clinical Psychology.

Rhonda Kelly draws on personal experience in her focus on mental health support for people in team-based work in extreme environments. She was a firefighter/paramedic for 17 years in Aurora, CO.

Dr. Alina Kurland, PsyD, is the Associate Director for Service Innovation at the Center for M2Health at Palo Alto University, focusing on increasing access to training in digital therapy among therapists.

Dr. Ivan Kruh

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. 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. Brianne Layden

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre

Dr. David Martindale

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

Dr. Tonia Nicholls

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

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.

Dr. Ira Packer

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

Professor Michael Perlin

Michael L. Perlin is Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School (NYLS), founding director of NYLS’s Online Mental Disability Law Program, and founding director of NYLS’s International Mental Disability Law Reform Project in its Justice Action Center.

Dr. 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. Gianni Pirelli is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey (#4975) and New York (#019418). He is also Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

Mike Pitrusu is a sergeant with a major city agency of 746 sworn officers that provides comprehensive police services to a diverse city of 374,000 residents.

Dr. Virginia Barber-Riojas earned her Ph.D to the Clinical Psychology at John Jay Training Area, a discipline within the Graduate Center’s PhD Program in Psychology, in 2009.

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld is a clinical forensic psychologist, whose clinical work primarily involves psychological evaluations of criminal defendants and civil litigants.

Dr. Elsa Rojas, PhD, is the Training Director for the iAIM EDU study at Palo Alto University and previously worked as the Associate Director for Service Innovation within the Center for m2Health.

Dr. Josef Ruzek, PhD., is Co-Director of the Center for m 2 Health at Palo Alto University, an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Dr. Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the Associate Director for Training at Palo Alto University Center for m2Health, California.

Dr. Randy Salekin

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

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 (Kent, Ohio, USA).

Dr. Donna Sheperis is an Associate Professor in the Master’s of Counseling Program at Palo Alto University. Additionally, she serves as the Practicum and Internship Coordinator for the program.

Dr. C. Barr Taylor is a Research Professor at Palo Alto University and Director of the Center for m2Health that focuses on developing, evaluating and disseminating digital health interventions for preventing and treating common mental health problems. He is also Professor of Psychiatry (emeritus) at Stanford University.

Dr. Philip Trompetter is a California-licensed clinical psychologist who has had a specialty practice in police and forensic psychology for more than forty years.

Dr. Jodi Viljoen

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 works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International and is a member of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Dr. Lynn C. Waelde is a Professor in the Psychology Department of Palo Alto University and an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Christopher Weaver

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

Dr. Patricia Zapf

Dr. Patricia A. Zapf, Ph.D. is Vice President for Continuing & Professional Studies at Palo Alto University (PAU). Prior to coming to PAU she was a professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY) for 16 years.