Research Team

Faculty

John P. Vincent

vincentDr. John P. Vincent received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 1972, and is Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston. In addition to his role as Department Chairman, for sixteen years he has served as Director of Clinical Psychology Training, which is among the top 15% of clinical psychology programs nationally and the top rated program in Texas. He also serves as Director of the Center for Forensic Psychology and is Executive Director of Forensic Psychology Services at the University of Houston. Dr. Vincent has also served as Director of the Victims' Resource Institute, where based on his dedication on behalf of victims of trauma and violence he was recognized by the U. S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment at Baylor College of Medicine. He has maintained a practice in clinical and forensic psychology for over 30 years. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Texas since 1974 and is board certified as a clinical psychologist with the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Vincent has edited six books in the area of Family Psychology, served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, and has authored over 120 research articles, chapters, books and conference presentations. He has received over 30 research grants from private, state, and federal agencies, including funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Health, and the U. S. Department of Justice. In the context of his practice in clinical and forensic psychology, Dr. Vincent has served as an expert witness in State and Federal Court for cases involving civil litigation. He has also served as a consultant to major law firms, corporations and governmental agencies regarding forensic psychology in the context of labor and employment law, family law and other civil law arenas.

Gerald E. Harris

geraldDr. Gerald E. Harris received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in 1982. He serves as Executive Director of the Center for Forensic Psychology and Training Director of Forensic Psychology Services at the University of Houston. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in psychology at the University of Houston since 1986 and has served as the Director of the Victims' Resource Institute. Dr. Harris is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Young Autism Project since 1996. He has maintained a practice in clinical and forensic psychology for over 20 years and has been a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Texas since 1986.

In the context of his forensic and clinical work, Dr. Harris has served as an expert witness in both civil and criminal litigation. Dr. Harris has authored numerous research articles, chapters, and conference presentations and has received several research grants from private, state, and federal agencies.

Tonya Inman

tonyaDr. Tonya Inman received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in 2005 after completing her residency at the University of Texas Medical School Houston. She is currently the assistant director of the Center for Forensic Psychology and has been involved in the center’s development and service provision for over eight years. In addition to her responsibilities at CFP, Dr. Inman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Houston in the areas of Psychology and Law, Forensic Psychology, and Psychology of Personality. She also provides clinical supervision to the advanced supervision group at the university's clinic. Dr. Inman was employed in the trial consulting field prior to her graduate work in psychology and has maintained her interests in this area through her research on jury decision-making and emotional distress damages. Dr. Inman has affiliations with the American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association, American Psychology and Law Society, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has assisted in the authorship of numerous publications and has presented on psycholegal issues to several organizations.

Graduate Students

Ashley Christiansen

ashleyAshley Christiansen joined the CFP in August of 2007. She is a 3rd year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University, receiving her B.S. in Psychology. In August 2009, she earned her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston. Her research interests include civil litigation, malingering and deception detection, jury behavior, risk assessment, juvenile sex offenders, and quantitative methods. Ashley's masters thesis, entitled, "Assessment of Litigation Context, Suggestion, and Malingering Measures Among Personal Injury Litigants" was awarded the 2009 Mary Alice Conroy Award for the best student paper in Forensic Psychology by the Texas Psychological Association, and is currently under review at the Journal of Law and Human Behavior. Her dissertation seeks to elucidate risk factors and predictive variables for recidivism within the juvenile sex offender population using Bayesian Analyses.

Julia Mundy

juliaJulia Mundy began working the CFP in August of 2007. She is currently a 3rd year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated summa cum laude from State University of New York at Geneseo, receiving her B.A. in Psychology. She earned her M.A. in clinical psychology in the spring of 2009 from the University of Houston. Her research interests include child and family psychology and forensic psychology.

Chastity Farr

chastityChastity Farr started working with the CFP in August of 2008. She is a 2nd year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Program at Auburn University receiving her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. She received her M.A. in adult clinical psychology from West Virginia University in 2000. Her research interests include psychopathy, risk assessment, malingering, and juvenile sexual offenders. Her dissertation will examine risk factors (i.e., psychopathy) associated with treatment response (i.e., sexual behavior) of juvenile sexual offenders in residential treatment. Additionally, the utility of risk assessments (i.e., J-SOAP-II) to identify juvenile sexual offenders at risk for re-offense will also be investigated.

Ivy Ikpeme Ruths

RuthIvy Ikpeme Ruths joined the CFP in September of 2008. She is a 2nd year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin receiving her B.A. in both Psychology and English. Her master’s thesis will examine the effects of early traumatic experiences versus later disruptive experiences, especially in the context of civil litigation. Her research interests include childhood risk factors for psychopathology, childhood peer relationships, and parent child-relationships.

Undergraduate Students

Amber Baysinger

amberAmber Baysinger joined the CFP research team in January of 2009. She is currently a senior undergraduate student at the University of Houston pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests include neuropsychology of addiction and alcoholism, co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, and the neural mechanisms linking addiction and memory. Her future plans are to obtain a Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on behavioral neuroscience.

Natasha Benatti

natashaNatasha Benatti started working with the CFP research team in January of 2009. She is currently a senior undergraduate student at the University of Houston pursuing a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish. Her research interests include psychopathology and forensics. Her future plans are to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Sonal Gohel

sonalSonal Gohel joined the CFP research team August of 2009. She is currently a senior undergraduate student at the University of Houston pursuing a B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Training and Development. Her future plans are to attend Occupational Therapy school and further expand her knowledge in the field of rehabilitation after a traumatic event.

Christie Mann

kristyChristie Mann joined the CFP in January of 2009. She is a senior at the University of Houston pursuing a double degree in Psychology and Business Management. Her future plans are to attend law school.

Melanie Lew

melanieMelanie Lew began working with the CFP in August of 2009. In May of 2009, she graduated with honors from the University of Houston at Clear Lake with a B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests include forensic psychology, human sexuality, and relationship issues. Her future plans are to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.