Derek T. Hess
- Downtown Chicago
- Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Office Phone
Derek T. Hess, J.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Forensic Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago campus. Dr. Hess oversees the M.A. Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track and Psy.D. Clinical Forensic Psychology programs. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and licensed attorney in California.
Dr. Hess completed a Joint-J.D.-Ph.D. program in Psychology-Law with a concentration in Forensic Psychology at The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University and Golden Gate University School of Law. He briefly practiced civil and criminal law in the San Francisco Bay Area before completing an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology (forensic psychology track) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Worcester State Hospital. Dr. Hess completed a postdoctoral residency in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Law-Psychiatry Program where he conducted competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence and sexual risk assessment evaluations, disability consultations, and provided expert witness testimony in state hospital and court clinic settings.
Dr. Hess specializes in clinical and forensic psychological evaluations of adults and juveniles in the criminal and civil justice systems. At TCSPP, Dr. Hess typically teaches courses in psychological assessment and evaluation, ethics, and law/public policy. He also supervises doctoral dissertations. In 2017, Dr. Hess was awarded a TCSPP Faculty Service Learning Award for a M.A. Forensic Psychology course that focuses on mental health issues in corrections and criminal justice reform. Since 2017, Dr. Hess has been a mentor and proud supporter of the TCSPP Social Justice Leadership Academy, which develops students to become social justice leaders and change agents in their communities. Dr. Hess served on the TCSPP Institutional Review Board (IRB) from 2013-2017 and the Academic Effectiveness and Review Committee (AERC) since 2018. His current scholarship/research interests broadly include topics such as forensic mental health assessment, ethics, law, and public policy.
Dr. Hess conducts clinical and forensic psychological evaluations on a private practice or fee-for-service basis. He conducted mental health disability (compensation and pension) evaluations at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital from 2013-2017. He has supervised APA-accredited doctoral students during their diagnostic/assessment practicum at Cook County Juvenile Probation and The Chicago School Forensic Center. Dr. Hess was the co-chair for the 2017 American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Conference in Seattle, Washington. He has served as a member of the AP-LS Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee since 2015, and the AP-LS Conference Advisory Committee since 2017. He routinely reviews conference submission proposals for the AP-LS and American Psychological Association (Div. 41) conferences. Dr. Hess is also an ad hoc reviewer for the scientific journal, Psychological Injury and Law. He has served on the Illinois Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board since 2017.
- Education History
Degree Institution Year B.A. Psychology & Political Science Plattsburgh State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh, NY 2004 J.D. Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA 2008 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA 2011 Post-doctoral Residency in Forensic Psychology University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 2012
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Member AP-LS Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee Member AP-LS Conference Advisory Committee Member Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury & Law (ASAPIL)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois Licensed Attorney, California
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Board Member Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation)
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Assessment/Psychological Testing Forensic Psychology Competency to Stand Trial Criminal Responsibility Expert Testimony Juvenile/Delinquency Psychology Subdisciplines - Clinical Psychology Subdisciplines - Forensic Psychology
Title Location Date The conceptualization of cultural issues within adjudicative competence evaluations. Poster presentation conducted at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. August 2017 Social justice teaching and training techniques (Chair - Hess, D. T.; Presenters - Sensoy, O., Perry, D., & Wiley, J. W.) Committee sponsored symposium conducted at the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Annual Convention in Seattle, WA March 2017 Testifying 101: Voir dire. In Kemp, K. (Chair), Testifying 101: Foundational skills in for early career psychologists (Presenters - Hess, D. T., & DeMatteo, D.). Committee sponsored symposium (mock trial) conducted at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Denver, CO August 2016 Becoming an academic: Panel discussion on the joys, trials, and tribulations of being a new Assistant Professor Individual presentation as part of a symposium session presented at the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA March 2016 Immigration in the legal system: Examining competency to participate in immigration removal proceedings. Presentation at the Cultural Impact Conference at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Presentation at the Cultural Impact Conference at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL February 2015 Juvenile insanity defense – Should it be more available? Debate session presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Debate session presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Chicago, IL October 2014 Competency to participate in immigration proceedings. Symposium session presented at the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Annual Convention Presentation at the Cultural Impact Conference at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL March 2014
Hess, D., Weaver, C., & Pagano, V. (2013, Summer). Assessing symptom validity of PTSD in veterans.American Psychology Law Society (AP-LS) News,8-12.
Hess, D. T.& Packer, I. K. (2012). Treatment disclosures in sex offender civil commitment evaluations. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 40(3), 424-426.
Chopra, S. &Hess, D. T.(2010). Mental health professionals in the witness chair: Strategies for more effective legal testimony. Psychiatric Malpractice Risk Management, 6, 55-67.
Jackson, R. L. &Hess, D. T.(2007). Evaluations for the civil commitment of sex offenders: A survey of experts. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 19, 425-448.
- Media Exposure
Dayton Halts Release of Sex Offenders, Minnesota Public Radio - The Daily Circuit, November 14, 2013.
Sex Offenders Sue Chicago Police Department over Registration Fees, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, November 8, 2012.
- Professional Skills
Forensic Psychology, Assessment, Expert Witness Testimony, Legal & Ethical Analysis