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Forensic Psychology Faculty

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.

Alan M. Goldstein, Ph.D., PC, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in New York, Connecticut, and Iowa, and a board-certified forensic psychologist. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and on the doctoral faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Clinical Psychology program. Goldstein is also a forensic psychology consultant with over 900 hours of APA-approved forensic psychology continuing education. He served as President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology from 2010-2011, and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University.

Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at Drexel University. He received his doctorate 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 and assessment, and youth mentoring programs. 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.

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.

Charles T. Tucker, Jr., J.D., graduated from St. John’s University School of Law and began his 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, and the College of Southern Maryland. Tucker currently teaches business law and ethics at the University of Maryland and manages a private practice.