Laura S. Guy obtained her PhD in clinical (forensic) psychology at Simon Fraser
University in 2008. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (dual focus on
research and clinical-forensic assessment) at the University of Massachusetts Medical
School in 2010. She currently is an Assistant Professor at the Systems and Psychosocial
Advances Research Center within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School.
Dr. Guy’s primary research interests lie at the nexus of psychology and the legal system
(‘forensic psychology’). Her work focuses on the assessment and management of risk for
crime and violence among juveniles and adults. Within this domain, she conducts research
on different approaches to assessing risk as well as research on variables that are
related to risk, such as mental disorder. Another related area of work concerns the
construct of psychopathic personality disorder, including measurement of the construct,
its relation to crime, and its impact on jury decision-making. Dr. Guy also conducts
research on the effectiveness of interventions for reducing risk and preventing
reoffending. She currently is Principal Investigator on a prospective study evaluating a
treatment program for women with histories of perpetrating intimate partner violence. She
is co-Principal Investigator on a federal grant to conduct a prospective evaluation of a
new community-based program that offers services to women being discharged from
incarceration who have mental disorders and co-occurring substance abuse problems.
She has conducted training workshops for mental health clinicians and probation officers
regarding violence risk assessment using tools developed according to the structured
professional judgment approach to decision-making (HCR-20, SAVRY). As part of her
consultation role to the National Youth Screening Assessment Project (part of the Models
for Change Research Network funded by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation), she provides consultation to juvenile justice systems that have implemented
risk/needs assessment tools.
Dr. Guy recently won the Early Career Achievement Award in Forensic Clinical Practice,
Research and Policy, given by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.