Before joining The Chicago School in 2012, Dr. Hess completed a joint-J.D.-Ph.D. program in Psychology-Law at Palo Alto University and Golden Gate University School of Law. While in California, he provided civil and criminal litigation services in the San Franciso Bay Area. More recently, Dr. Hess conducted criminal and civil forensic psychological evaluations of adults as part of a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Law-Psychiatry Program. The evaluations were conducted across multiple settings and included competency/fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, aid-in sentencing/mitigation, civil commitment, violence risk assessment, and disability rights. Dr. Hess has provided expert testimony in cases involving competency/fitness to stand trial, civil commitment for persons with serious mental illness and risk of harm, and civil commitment for persons at risk of harm secondary to substance abuse. In addition to teaching and conducting forensic mental health assessments, Dr. Hess’ professional interests include developing policy-based research and providing consultation to improve forensic-based programs, practices, and procedures. His current research interests focus primarily on specialty/problem-solving courts, jail diversion/criminal offender management, legal implications in forensic mental health, malingering, and sexually violent offenders.