Forensic Psychology Faculty

Faculty 

Thomas A. Caffrey, Ph.D., has practiced psychology in New York City for 34 years. He conducts evaluations of suspected and convicted federal offenders as well as doing evaluations for the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens County Family Courts. Caffrey is the past president of the Forensic Division of the New York State Psychological Association and a member of St. John’s University’s Forensic Program Planning Committee. He was Chief of Psychology Services at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

B.J. Cling, Ph.D., J.D., is a clinical psychologist and a lawyer specializing in the effects of violence against women and children. She has both a clinical and a forensic private practice in New York City and teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the areas of psychology and law and family violence. Cling conducts psychological evaluations of victims of domestic violence in complex custody evaluations. Among her recent publications are her book, Sexualized Violence Against Women and Children, and her chapter, “Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Child Custody Disputes,” in A Handbook of Divorce and Custody. She is also known for her psychological evaluations of victims of human trafficking and the effects of traumatic bonding. Cling received her Ph.D. from New York University (NYU) and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also received a postdoctoral certificate in forensic psychology from UCLA and a postdoctoral degree in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from NYU. Cling has served on the Ethics Board of the New York State Psychological Association since 2003 and is a founding member of the interdisciplinary Mental Health Professionals on Domestic Violence.  

Larry Cohen, Ph.D., has practiced clinical and forensic psychology for over 25 years. He focuses on assisting families with divorce and parenting issues. Recognized for his forensic work, Cohen receives regular appointments from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Richmond, and Nassau Family Courts and conducts interventions to help divorcing families resolve their familial conflicts out of court. Cohen is a founding board member of the Parenting Coordination Association of New York, co-developer of Brief Issue Focused Intervention, and has been a facilitator for the New York Peace Institute. He has written and lectured on child custody and relocation, and has provided consulting services for the New York City Police Department, the New York City Transit Department, and Covenant House. He has also evaluated applicants for political asylum for Doctors of the World-USA.

David DeMatteo, J.D., Ph.D., is director of the J.D./Ph.D. Program in Law and Psychology and Associate Professor of Psychology and Law at Drexel University. His research interests include psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy, and offender diversion. DeMatteo’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and American Psychology-Law Society. He teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Psychology, and several law courses at Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law. He is Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior, on the editorial boards of several journals, and a reviewer for nearly 20 scientific journals. DeMatteo chaired the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Legal Issues in 2011.

Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., ABPP, received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute. DiGiuseppe joined St. John’s University in 1987, where he developed a doctoral program in school psychology and received the University’s Faculty Achievement Medal. He is currently professor and chair of the psychology department. Since 1980, he has also served as director of professional education at the Albert Ellis Institute. DiGiuseppe received the Jack Krasner Early Career Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy and was elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s of psychotherapy, clinical, school, and family psychology divisions. He has contributed to scientific and clinical literature with six books, more than 135 chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and hundreds of conference presentations. DiGiuseppe has coauthored two psychological tests: the Anger Disorders Scale (for adults), and the Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (for children and adolescents). His books include Understand Anger Disorders and the Practitioner’s Guide to Rational Emotive Therapy.

Rick Frederick, Ph.D., ABPP, is in private practice as a forensic psychologist in Springfield, Missouri. He has served as National Chair of Examinations and President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He is Co-Chair of Continuing Education of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Frederick retired from the United States Navy with the rank of Captain in 2008 and from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012.  He recently completed a three-year appointment to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychological Testing and Assessment. Frederick has published numerous research articles and book chapters on issues concerning feigned cognitive impairment and is author of the Validity Indicator Profile, a test used to evaluate response style in cognitive assessments.

Elayne E. Greenberg is Assistant Dean of Dispute Resolution Programs, Professor of Legal Practice and Director of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution in the St. John’s University School of Law. Known for the breadth and depth of her dispute resolution experience, she is a mediation and conflict management consultant who has developed and implemented innovative family law conflict resolution and training programs. They include: Queens and Nassau County Courts’ custody and visitation mediation programs, a divorce mediation program for Catholic Charities, a mediation program in Surrogate’s Court, and a New York State parent/education program. This client-focused system for a network of shelters for the homeless was designed to help people transition from shelters to independent living. She also started New York State’s first parenting coordination program. She has written and lectured internationally on dispute resolution related topics including hybrid resolution processes, negotiation, mediation and ethics, and advocacy.

Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at Drexel University. He received his doctorate in from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed postdoctoral fellowship training in psychology and criminal justice at Florida State University. His current research focuses on juvenile and adult offenders, legal decision-making, forensic evaluation associated with such decision-making, and youth mentoring programs. His practice interests also center on forensic assessment, and he directs a practicum within the department in this area. Heilbrun is board certified in clinical psychology and forensic psychology and is a past president of both the American Psychology-Law Psychology/APA Division 41 and the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He was a keynote speaker at the 2013 NYSPA Forensic Conference.

Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D.,  is a mental healthcare attorney with a law practice in Mineola, New York.  A graduate of Binghamton University, Duke University School of Law, and Adelphi University’s Derner Institute, he formerly practiced as a psychologist-psychoanalyst, including as a coordinator of clinical training and director of a forensic mental health service. He was a teaching attending psychologist in law and ethics at a major teaching hospital for 15 years. Hillowe currently teaches courses in ethics and law as adjunct faculty at the Derner Institute.  He is legal counsel to numerous mental health facilities, institutes, and practitioners and sponsors legal plans for professional associations. Hillowe has written articles and book chapters including for law reviews and healthcare publications, most recently regarding scope of practice and disciplinary defense.  He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in healthcare law.

Martin Juvelier has practiced matrimonial law for over 25 years, with ample experience as a trial attorney representing clients in all phases of divorce proceedings in New York State. Juvelier has lectured at various matrimonial forums and other organizations and is a regular contributor to matrimonial publications, including the Law Journal Newsletters. Topics of his presentations include the relevance of the client’s culture and cultural competence of the lawyer. Juvelier enjoys an excellent reputation in the matrimonial Bar of New York having represented clients from different cultures, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. He has acted as arbitrator in the United States District Court, and is often called upon to mediate family disputes. As one of the first law guardians in the Appellate Division, First Department’s Pilot Law Guardian Program, he frequently acts as a law guardian for children in matrimonial cases.

Robert S. Meyers, J.D., Psy.D., is a licensed New York attorney and psychologist. He maintains a full-time psychology practice which includes programs in child and adolescent issues, family issues, depression and anxiety treatment, insomnia and nightmare treatment, weight control, and forensic evaluations and consultation. Meyers created, developed, and oversaw the clinical treatment program for Holliswood Hospital’s (Queens, NY) new in-patient Children’s Unit. An adjunct professor for almost 30 years, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology, law, and business. For the past seven years, Meyers has been on the adjunct faculty at St. John’s University where he created and teaches the courses in forensic psychology at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has participated in the creation of the post-graduate certificate program. Meyers is the founder and director of The Meyers Bar Review Program and the founder and director of Club Erudition, a program for children and adolescents suffering from various psychological disorders. He is also a founding member of the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Meyers obtained his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
 
Randy Otto, Ph.D., ABPP, is an associate professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa and an adjunct faculty member at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg. In addition, he has a practice specializing in forensic psychological evaluation. Otto’s research, writing, and practice focus on forensic psychological assessment. He played an important role in revising Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers. More recently, he co-edited the fourth edition of the Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Otto has served as President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the American Psychology-Law Society. He is also President-Elect of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Michael L. Perlin, J.D., is Professor of Law at New York Law School (NYLS), Director of NYLS's Online Mental Disability Law Program, and Director of NYLS's International Mental Disability Law Reform Project in its Justice Action Center. He has written 23 books and well over 250 articles on all aspects of mental disability law, many of which deal with the overlap between mental disability law and criminal procedure law, including: International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law: When the Silenced Are Heard, Mental Disability and the Death Penalty: The Shame of the States, and A Prescription for Dignity: Rethinking Criminal Justice and Mental Disability Law. Before becoming a professor, Perlin was the Deputy Public Defender in charge of the Mercer County Trial Region in New Jersey and the director of the Division of Mental Health Advocacy (MHA) in the NJ Department of the Public Advocate. Through his online program, he has taught mental disability law courses in Japan and Nicaragua, and has taught at law schools in Finland, Israel, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Sweden. Perlin has done extensive work in China with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law-Asia office where he has conducted “Training the Trainers” workshops in Xi’an, China to teach experienced death penalty defense lawyers how to train inexperienced lawyers. He has also done advocacy work on behalf of persons with disabilities on every continent. In the fall semester of 2012, he served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, teaching and consulting at the Islamic University of Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Four years earlier, also as part of the Fulbright designation, he taught in the Global Law Program at Haifa University in Israel.

Lisa Drago Piechowski, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical and forensic psychologist practicing in the Washington, D.C. area. She is board certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Piechowski is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maryland, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. She is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Piechowski earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and her M.A. from the University of Connecticut. 

Sylvan Jay Schaffer, J.D., Ph.D., focuses on the interaction of psychology and law. Areas of practice and teaching include: ethical dilemmas in forensic evaluations; legal and regulatory impacts on psychological practice; jury selection and persuasion; teaching psychologists how to prepare for direct and cross examination; dangerousness and workplace violence; competence in criminal and civil matters; handling domestic violence and child abuse cases; dealing with test validity and reliability in forensic evaluations; malingering; and the relationships among forensic evaluator, judge, and competing attorneys.

Claude Schleuderer, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the field. He received his doctorate from the University of Georgia. Schleuderer has worked in schools, day treatment centers, outpatient facilities, crisis residences, courts, jails, universities, and community mental health centers. He works on the Child and Family Unit, coordinates the sex offender program, provides evaluation services at Family Court, and supervises two interns. He also maintains a private practice. Areas of current interest include: child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention, child custody, competency evaluations, sex offender treatment, and child and family therapy. Schleuderer has also done work in organizational consulting, vocational evaluation, and closed head injury rehabilitation. He has received several professional awards and has made presentations to national conventions.

Joe Scroppo , Ph.D., J.D., is a forensic psychologist and attorney. Currently, he is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Clinical Assistant Professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University. Scroppo was Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine Bellevue Hospital Center and Director of the North Shore University Hospital’s Forensic Psychiatry Program. He was named to the Panel of Expert Witnesses for Criminal and Family/Juvenile Proceedings at New York’s First and Second Judicial Departments and has served as an expert mental health consultant in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation. In addition, he was Senior Forensic Psychologist for the New York City Family Court and Supervising Psychologist at the Rikers Island Prison. Scroppo received his Ph.D. from the Gordon F. Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.
 
Charles T. Tucker, Jr.. J.D., earned his degree from St. John’s University School of Law and   began his legal career in public service in the Appeals unit of the New York Law Department. As a student of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, he was offered a position as Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney's Office where he quickly advanced to become Senior Trial Attorney in the Special Victims Unit. In November 2008, he joined the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in the Personnel, Labor, and Employment Division. Additionally, he has been an adjunct special lecturer for over 13 years at various institutions including St. John’s University, Cornell School of Continuing Education, College of Southern Maryland. Tucker currently teaches business law and ethics at the University of Maryland University College and manages a private practice.

Carmen Inoa Vazquez, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board certified clinical and forensic clinical psychologist.  She has over 25 years of experience as a distinguished clinician, teacher, researcher, author, and program presenter, with both Spanish/English bilingual and English-speaking populations. Vazquez is Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. She was an adjunct professor in the Graduate Psychology Program at City University of New York.  She dedicates her clinical work, research, teaching, and writing to helping people cope with the challenges of multicultural living. Vazquez is a noted authority on Latin American mental health, particularly bicultural life styles. She is an author of three books: Parenting with Pride Latino StyleThe Maria Paradox (with Dr. Rosa Gil), and Grief Therapy with Latinos (with Dr. Dinelia Rosa). She was the Director of the Institute for Multicultural Behavioral Health at Bellevue Hospital, coordinating research and training for doctoral students and Director of The New York University-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship training program for 16 years. She was the Founder and Director of the Bilingual Treatment Program Clinic specializing in services to the unacculturated non-English speaking Hispanic population at Bellevue Hospital. Vazquez has a private practice in New York City where she provides psychotherapy and psychological evaluations. She also consults in assessment of immigration matters.