I have worked continuously full time in the Police & Public Safety Psychology Field since 1999, with provided services including:
- Pre-employment evaluations
- Special selection evaluations
- Post use-of-force and officer-involved-shooting interventions
- Post critical incident support
- Teaching and training
- Psychotherapy targeted specifically for this population
I am a Board Certified Psychologist in Police & Public Safety Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, which is the highest credential signifying competence that can be earned by a professional psychologist. My practice specializes in public safety psychology services. These services encompass pre-employment evaluations, specialty-assignment selection and officer involved shooting and other post-critical incident services, psychological counseling services to personnel and their family, training and teaching at various law enforcement academies, longtime directorship of a behavioral health services unit and CISM team, and management of an internal EAP and chaplaincy program, all within a major law enforcement agency. I have had the privilege of directing teams of psychologists completing public safety evaluations in both agency and private practice settings. I have personally conducted over 20,000 public safety evaluations and supervised a similar number of evaluations performed by my contract and other employees.
I have provided psychological services to Arizona fire departments including the cities of Peoria, El Mirage, Surprise, Scottsdale, Avondale, Sedona and the Harquahala and Verde Valley Fire Districts. Psychological services have been provided to law enforcement agencies including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the cities of Surprise, Peoria, El Mirage, Youngtown, Glendale, Goodyear, Tolleson, Avondale, Buckeye, Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Sedona, Tempe, Lake Havasu, Yuma, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Arizona Department of Corrections.
I was previously an Arizona POST specialty instructor. I am an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Psychological Services Section, and am a past General Chair of this section. I hold membership in the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, the American Psychological Association and within this organization hold membership in Division 18’s Police and Public Safety Section. I also belong to the American Jail Association. I am an FBI-trained hostage negotiator and certified in basic and advanced group critical incident stress debriefing, as well as other areas, through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. I currently hold the positions of National Chair of Exams (NCE) and President-Elect through the American Board of Professional Psychology for Police & Public Safety Psychology.
Presentations at national conferences have included rebuilding public safety psychological services units, armed standoffs, suicide by cop incidents, pre-employment evaluations, suicide awareness and prevention, ethics & police and public safety psychology and Tarasoff and Duty to Warn situations.
Please contact me so I may provide more information about meeting the needs of your agency. I look forward to hearing from you.