Research Interests: My research interests focus broadly on personality assessment measures and the conceptualization of personality disorder in a forensic context. Specifically, I am interested in how a dimensional model of personality disorder influences the way in which researchers interpret the associations between personality pathology and legal offending. There are many relevant factors to examine on this topic; for example, frequency of legal offenses and recidivism rates, whether or not different personality traits or profiles are associated with specific types of legal trouble, and the types of offenses most commonly seen in patients with PD. Applications of this research include the improvement of prevention methods to reduce entry into the legal system, the development of effective intervention programs based on risk-factor profiles, and targeting for intervention those who are most likely to reoffend.
Advisor: Dr. Lee Anna Clark