Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and
Director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
His research and teaching have 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 (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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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)