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Thomas Grisso, PhD

Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and Director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusettes Medical School. His research and teaching have focused on improving forensic evaluations for the courts and informing policy and law for youths in the juvenile justice system and for persons with mental disorders. His recent books on juvenile issues have included Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles (1998), Youth on Trial (2000), Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Offenders with Mental Disorders (2004), Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Juvenile Justice (2005), and Evaluating Juveniles’ Adjudicative Competence: A Guide for Clinical Practice (2005). Dr. Grisso’s contributions have been recognized by awards from the American Psychological Association (1994, Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy), the American Psychiatric Association (2005, Isaac Ray Award), the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2006, honorary fellow), the American Psychology-Law Society (2012, Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and Law), and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1998).

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