Robert Kinscherff, Ph. D., Esq.
Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., Esq. is a forensic psychologist and attorney who
currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health at
the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. His duties include joint
administration and training for a statewide system of juvenile court clinics
in partnership with the
Court. He has recently been reappointed to the Massachusetts Governor's
Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Previously, he served as the Director
of Juvenile Court Clinic
Services for the
establishing this statewide system of juvenile court clinics, and as
Director of Forensic Training at the Law and Psychiatry Program of the
He currently holds teaching faculty appointments through the Department of
Law. He is currently Co-Director of the Forensic Concentration in the
doctoral psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional
Psychology. He is a past two-term Chair of the Ethics Committee of the
American Psychological Association, and a past Chair of its Committee on
Legal Issues where he assisted in the development of Association amicus
briefs, including the brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons.
His published research and professional practice areas include forensic
mental health assessments of children and adolescents, ethical and
professional practice issues in forensic mental health assessment, adult and
juvenile sexual offenders, violence risk assessment and management, chronic
and serious juvenile delinquency, and unusual forms of child maltreatment.
He presents and consults nationally and internationally to judicial, legal
and mental health professionals.
Last updated January 10, 2007