Derek T. Hess
- Downtown Chicago
- Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Derek 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 practiced as a civil and criminal litigation attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area before completing an APA-accredited psychology internship at UMASS Medical School/Worcester State Hospital. Dr. Hess completed postdoctoral training in forensic psychology at UMASS Medical School's Law-Psychiatry Program where he conducted various forensic psychological evaluations and provided expert witness testimony.
Dr. Hess has been with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago campus as an Assistant Professor in the Forensic Psychology Department since August 2012, and Department Chair since August 2015. Dr. Hess specializes in clinical and forensic psychological evaluations (criminal and civil) of adults and juveniles. He teaches various assessment, ethics, and legal courses in both the MA Forensic Psychology: Professional Licensed Counselor Track and Clinical Forensic Psy.D. programs. He was the co-chair of the 2017 American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; Division 41 of APA) Conference in Seattle, WA. His current scholarship/research interests broadly include topics such as: forensic mental health assessment, law and public policy, and specialty/problem-solving courts.
- Education History
Degree Institution B.A. Psychology & Political Science Plattsburgh State University of New York (SUNY) J.D. Golden Gate University School of Law Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University Post-doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Member AP-LS Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee Member Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury & Law (ASAPIL)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois Licensed Attorney, California
- 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 Sensoy, O., Perry, D., & Wiley, J. W. (2017, March). In Hess, D. T. (Chair), Social justice teaching and training techniques. Committee sponsored symposium conducted at the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Annual Convention. Seattle, WA March 2017 Hess, D. T. & DeMatteo, D. (2016, August). Testifying 101: Voir dire. In Kemp, K. (Chair), Testifying 101: Foundational skills in for early career psychologists. 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, Legal Analysis, Assessment, Expert Testimony