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Thomas Grisso

Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and Director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His research interests include clinical forensic assessment in criminal and juvenile cases, developmental issues in juvenile law, mental health needs of youths in the juvenile justice system, and risk of violence in adults and youths with mental disorders. He is author of seminal works in the field, including Juveniles' waiver of rights: Legal and psychological competence (1981) and Evaluating competencies: Forensic assessments and instruments (1986). He has received a number of honors and awards, including the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy (1995), the American Psychiatric Association's Isaac Ray Award (2005), an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1998), and an Honorary Fellow Award by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (U.K.). For many years, he has been active with the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP), serving on the board and, in recent years, as its executive director. He also provides training for the ABFP examiners.