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Robert Kinscherff


Robert Kinscherff, PhD, Esq.

City University of New York, 1988 (Clinical Psychology)
Harvard University School of Law, 1992 (Law)

Dr. Kinscherff is a forensic and clinical psychologist and an attorney who has been a member of the MSPP faculty since 1999. He is Senior Associate for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Dr. Kinscherff has previously served as Director of Clinical Services for Easter Seals of New Hampshire, Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health (Massachusetts Department of Mental Health), Director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services (Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court, MA Trial Court), and Director of Adult Forensic Services (Psychiatry and Law Program, Massachusetts General Hospital). For over a decade, he taught Forensic Mental Health Law and Psychiatry and Law at Boston University Law School. For the American Psychological Association, he has served as a past two-term Chair of the Ethics Committee (EC), Chair of the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI) and Member of the Committee on Professional Practices and Standards (COPPS). He is a past member of the Board and the Editorial Board for the Society on Terrorism Research and has been an invited participant on FBI and RAND Corporation working groups involving the intersection of behavioral sciences, law enforcement and national security. His research and professional practice areas include ethical and professional practice issues in clinical and forensic mental health practice, violence risk assessment and management, juvenile and adult sexual offenders, serious delinquency and juvenile homicide, aggressive and sexually problematic behaviors among youth and adults with developmental disabilities, and severe and unusual forms of child maltreatment. His publications include the co-authored book APA Ethics Code: Commentary and Case Illustrations (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2009) and more recent publications on topics including mental health practice in juvenile justice contexts, special ethical considerations in practice, and international human rights law implications for forensic psychologists of the 2012 US Supreme Court case of Miller v. Alabama regarding mandatory life imprisonment without possibility of parole for offenses committed as a juvenile.

Updated 1/10/13

Dr. Robert Kinscherff co-authored an APA publication, “APA Ethics Code: Commentary and Case Illustrations


Robert Kinscherff, Director of Forensic Studies, recently interviewed by WBUR/NPR on the topic: Mass. Legislature Considers Raising Minimum State Imprisonment Age.

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