About Laura S. Guy

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.

Positions

Present Forensic Psychologist, Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission, British Columbia, Canada
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Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Forensic Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (USA) (2012)
  • Early Career Achievement Award in Forensic Clinical Practice, Research and Policy, given by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (2010)
  • British Columbia Psychology Association Award of Excellence (2009)
  • Chris Webster Young Scholar Award, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (2008)
  • The Consortium for Applied Research and Evaluation in Mental Health Research Travel Award (2008)


Contact Information

Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC)
Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

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