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About Kimberly A. Larson

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.


Present Assistant Professor, Law & Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Present Assistant Professor, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Forensic Psychology and Juvenile Justice

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Honors and Awards

  • Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) (2014 - present)
  • Appointed Legislative Liaison to the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association (2013-2014)
  • Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), University of Massachusetts Medical School (2013-2014)
  • Appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) (2013 - present)
  • Appointed to Massachusetts Bar Association Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council (2012-2013)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (2012)
  • Admitted to AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Development Seminar (2012)
  • Scholarship to attend AAMC Leadership Conference, 2012 Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, Awarded by the University of Massachusetts Medical School (2012)

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655


Articles (3)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (1)