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Forensic Psychology Faculty

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.

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.

Hon. Ellen Gesmer, J.D., is associate justice for the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department. Previously, she was a justice for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Matrimonial Part. Gesmer is a member of the Matrimonial Practice Advisory and Rules Committee, the National Association of Women Judges, and the Women’s Bar Association Matrimonial and Family Law Committee. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude from Radcliffe College.

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 Joh 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, and served as President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology from 2010-2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University.

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.

Seymour Moskowitz, J.D., is senior research professor at Valparaiso University School of Law. He is an active member of the National Child Labor Coalition and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, as well as an active scholar in the areas of child labor and elder law. Moskowitz holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard 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 HeardMental 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. 

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.