Thomas Coghlan, PsyD

Thomas Coghlan, PsyD

Adjunct Professor
Phone number: 
516 439-4441


Psychologist. New York State & New Jersey


Fellowship:            International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Visiting Law Enforcement Fellow; Steve Harris Fellowship

March 2018 to September 2018


St. John’s University

January 2015 Post-Doctoral Certification in Forensic Psychology


Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University

September 2010 Psy.D. Clinical Psychology

Dissertation entitled “Role Interference and Moral Distress in the Subjective Experience of Deep Undercover Law Enforcement Operatives”

Internship at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center

June 2007 M.A. General Psychology


John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

New York, NY

September 1999 to May 2002 M.A. Forensic Psychology


Queens College, CUNY

Flushing, NY

September 1989 to January 1993 B.A. Psychology




Thomas Coghlan, PsyD

Ret. Det. (NYPD) / Psychologist

Owner, Blue Line Psychological Services


Thomas Coghlan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, a retired NYPD Detective, and a past Visiting Law Enforcement Fellow at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He operates a private practice in Great Neck, NY where he provides psychotherapy to police officers and their families, and performs evaluations for candidate psychological disqualification appeals.  As an independent contractor, he conducts both pre-employment evaluations and fitness-for-duty evaluations for various public safety agencies in New York and New Jersey.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at John Jay since 2014.  Dr. Coghlan received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in 2010, his Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay CUNY in 2003, and his B.A. in Psychology from Queens College in 1993. He retired from the NYPD in 2018, after twenty-one years of service. From 2010 through 2018, Dr. Coghlan was assigned with responsibilities as a Psychologist in the NYPD. During that time, he performed psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations, pre-employment psychological evaluations, military deployment debriefings, disciplinary stress-triage debriefings, and trauma response. He served as liaison to the Department's peer support program. He is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. Dr. Coghlan is credentialed with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association – Member

National Register of Health Service Psychologists – Member

New York State Psychological Association - Member

International Association of Chiefs of Police – Associate Member

International Association of Chiefs of Police, Psychological Services Section – Member

Society for Police and Criminal Psychology – Member

American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement – Member

National Law Enforcement Associates – Member

Fraternal Order of Police – Member

Course Taught

Carrent courses

Previous courses

Scholarly Work

Coghlan, T. (2019, May).  Fostering Positive Outcomes in Policing by Addressing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue.  Police Chief 86(5), pp. 30-37.

Coghlan, T. (2018, September). Organizational Contributions to Police Suicide.  Police Chief 85(9), pp. 12-13.

Coghlan, T. (2011). Role Interference and Moral Distress in the Subjective Experience of Deep Undercover Law Enforcement Operatives. Universal-Publishers.

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Law Enforcement / Policing / Police-Community Relations
Mental Illness
In The Media
Online Presence
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