Kimberly Larson, J.D., Ph.D. received her law degree from Villanova University
School of Law in 2006, where she was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the
Coif. She was admitted to the bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2006 and completed
her Ph.D, in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University in 2007. Dr. Larson completed her
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at UMass Medical School’s Law and
Psychiatry Program. 

Dr. Larson joined the UMass faculty in 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor in
the Psychiatry Department where she is part of the Law and Psychiatry Program and the
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center. Dr. Larson’s research interests focus
upon juveniles’ psychological developmental capacities in legal contexts. She is
particularly interested in the application of psychological literature in the creation of
policy and legislation. At UMass Med, along with her colleague Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., she
is currently developing a manual that provides guidance to drafters of juvenile
competence to stand trial legislation. She also provides technical assistance to states
that are in the process of developing juvenile competence to stand trial legislation
and/or services. 

Her past clinical work has included work with both juveniles and adults in both inpatient
and outpatient settings. Clinically, her primary focus has been conducting forensic
evaluations including competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, juvenile
Miranda comprehension, aid to sentencing, risk assessments, civil commitment, substance
abuse, termination of parental rights/parental fitness, and custody and divorce
evaluations. Dr. Larson also teaches Professional Issues and Ethics, Consultation and
Testimony, Psychology and the Law, and Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment at the
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, as well as assisting in teaching the
Postdoctoral Fellows in Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry and the UMass Medical School.



Adolescent Input Into Custody Decisions: Evaluating Decision-Making Capacities (with Joseph McGill), Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice (2010)


Waiver of Postconviction Relief (PCR) and PCR Counsel (with Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.), Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry and Law (2008)



Developing Statutes for Competence to Stand Trial in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings: A Guide for Lawmakers (with Thomas Grisso and National Youth Screening & Assessment Project), Center for Mental Health Services Research Publications and Presentations (2011)

Contributions to Books


Competency to Be Sentenced (with M. P. Griffin), The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law (2008)