Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to engaging in research and teaching in the
University's Law and Psychiatry Program, he consults to federal and state programs
on policy and forensic practice in the juvenile justice system. His work has focused on
improving forensic evaluations for the courts and informing policy and law for youths in
the juvenile justice system and for persons with mental disorders. Several of his fifteen
books have been influential in setting standards for forensic mental health evaluations.
He pioneered concepts on which forensic evaluations of several legal competencies have
been developed, especially competence to stand trial and (with Paul Appelbaum) competence
to consent to treatment. His contributions to juvenile justice policy and practice have
included his studies of juveniles’ capacities to waive Miranda rights and their
competence to stand trial, as well as development (with Richard Barnum) of a mental
health screening tool now used statewide in juvenile detention and corrections in over 40
states. Research performed with his colleagues in the MacArthur Foundation’s Research
Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice was relied upon by the U.S.
Supreme Court in its recent decisions against the death penalty and limiting the sentence
of life without parole for crimes committed during adolescence. His work has been
recognized with awards from the American Psychological Association, the American
Psychiatric Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (U.K.), the American
Psychology-Law Society, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from John Jay College of
Criminal Justice, and the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Scholarship at the
University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Articles

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (UMMS-CTTC) (with Jessica L. Griffin, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Toni M. Irsfeld, Heather Forkey, and Laurel Post), Psychiatry Information in Brief (2013)
 

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Ten year research update (2001-2010): evaluations for competence to stand trial (adjudicative competence) (with Michael H. Fogel, Wendy Schiffman, Denise L. Mumley, and Chad E. Tillbrook), Behavioral sciences and the law (2013)
 

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Commentary: civil commitment statutes--40 years of circumvention (with William H. Fisher), The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2010)
 

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Police-induced confessions, risk factors, and recommendations: looking ahead (with Saul M. Kassin, Steven A. Drizin, Gisli H. Gudjonsson, Richard A. Leo, and Allison D. Redlich), Law and human behavior (2010)
 

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Police-induced confessions: risk factors and recommendations (with Saul M. Kassin, Steven A. Drizin, Gisli H. Gudjonsson, Richard A. Leo, and Allison D. Redlich), Law and human behavior (2010)
 

Books

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

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Evaluation of Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial (with Ivan Kruh), Psychiatry Publications and Presentations (2008)
 

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Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment (with Kirk Heilbrun and Alan M. Goldstein), Psychiatry Publications and Presentations (2008)
 

Contributions to Books

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Criminal Responsibility of Adolescents: Youth As Junior Citizenship (with Ido Weijers), Reforming Juvenile Justice (2009)
 

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Foreword: Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment and Treatment: New Approaches for Mental Health Professionals, Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment and Treatment: New Approaches for Mental Health Professionals (2009)
 

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Developmental Considerations for Forensic Assessment in Delinquency Cases (with Randy Borum), Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles (2007)
 

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Forensic Psychology (with John C. Brigham), Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology. Vol. 1: The History of Psychology (2003)
 

Other

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Keynote Speaker Presentations: 5th Annual UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Research Retreat (video) (with Robert H. Brown Jr.), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2014)
 

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The Cognitive Underpinnings of Bias in Forensic Mental Health Evaluations (with Tess M. S. Neal), Publications of Affiliated Faculty: Nebraska Public Policy Center (2014)
 

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Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation (with Gina M. Vincent and Laura S. Guy), Center for Mental Health Services Research Publications and Presentations (2012)
 

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Legal Questions about Juveniles’ Capacities, Psychiatry Publications and Presentations (2009)