Michelle Hoy-Watkins



Michelle Hoy-Watkins

Affiliate Faculty

  • Associate Faculty

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Michelle Hoy-Watkins is an Associate Faculty member and the immediate past chair of the Department of Forensic Psychology. Prior to joining The Chicago School, Dr. Hoy-Watkins worked in a variety of clinical, correctional, and forensic settings. She graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda in 1997. She completed her internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Metropolitan Detention Center in– Los Angeles. In 1998, Dr. Hoy-Watkins completed a forensic post-doctoral fellowship at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Hoy-Watkins worked at the Forensic Treatment Program in Elgin Mental Health Center, – Forensic Treatment Program where she performed risk assessment evaluations for individuals acquitted through Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and fitness to stand trial evaluations. Dr. Hoy-Watkins later became the Director of the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Initiative in Cook County. She also worked as a contractual forensic psychologist for the Metropolitan Correctional Center in– Chicago, where she conducted court- ordered criminal forensic evaluations. Dr. Hoy-Watkins has provided consultative services to the Center for Applied Psychology and Forensic Studies, where she performed pre-employment screenings and fitness for duty evaluations for local law enforcement agencies. Currently, Dr. Hoy-Watkins is a member of the Medical Consultant Contractual Staff at the Harold Washington Regional Social Security Center where she conducts mental health disability reviews. She joined TCS The Chicago School in 2002, as an adjunct faculty member and has been a full-time faculty member with the Forensic Department since January 2003. Dr. Hoy-Watkins is the 2006 recipient of The Chicago School's Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has won numerous other teaching awards at TCSPP. She became the Associate Chair of the Clinical Forensic Psy.D. Program in 2008, and has served in the role of Chair of the Department of Forensic Psychology since August 2010. She enjoys teaching in the department and facilitating the S.O.S., school based violence prevention program with youth that she developed through The Chicago School Forensic Center.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.S. in Psychology Xavier University of Louisiana
M.A. in Clinical Psychology California School of Professional Psychology - Alameda
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology California School of Professional Psychology-Alameda
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association (APA)
Member American Psychology Law Society (APLS)
Member American Psychology Law Society, Minority Affairs Committee
Member Association of Black Psychologists
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Board Member Southside/Wabash YMCA
Board Member Dreamcatcher Foundation
Board Member Illinois Clinical Psychologist Licensing and Disciplinary Committee
Member Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Forensic Psychology Competency to Stand Trial
Correctional Psychology
Criminal Responsibility
Expert Witness

Hoy-Watkins, M., & Jenkins-Monroe, V. (2008). The Contemporized-Themes Concerning Blacks test (C-TCB). In S. R. Jenkins (Ed.), A handbook of clinical scoring systems for Thematic Apperceptive techniques (pp. 659-684). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Hoy-Watkins, M. (2008). Manual for the Contemporized-Themes Concerning Blacks test (C-TCB). In S. R. Jenkins (Ed.), A handbook of clinical scoring systems for Thematic Apperceptive techniques (pp. 685-695). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Radomsky, L., Hoy-Watkins, M., Bandawe, C., & Hassane, S. (2008). Assessment for counseling intervention. In E. Mpofu (Ed.), Counseling people of African ancestry. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Wyncoop, T.F., Frederick, R.I., and Hoy, M. (2006). Improving the clinical utility of the SIRS cognitive items: Preliminary reliability, validity, and normative data in pretrial and clinical samples. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 21(7), 651-656.

Professional Skills
criminal court-ordered evaluations, culturally relevant assessment, forensic psychology, police psychology, social security disability evaluations