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Core Faculty

Core Faculty

Program Director Diana Falkenbach is an associate professor in the Psychology Department. She completed her doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida and her internship at Bellevue Hospital Center and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, where she conducted testing, forensic evaluations, and therapy with violent mentally ill offenders. Dr. Falkenbach is a clinical researcher focusing on psychopathy and related behaviors. She is interested in understanding the etiology of psychopathy and violence, as well as the development and evaluation of assessment instruments. While these areas of research are commonly studied in adult males, Dr. Falkenbach pursues research on psychopathic traits and predictors of violence in women, juveniles, various multicultural groups and noncriminal populations. She is working on several research projects considering psychopathic traits in police, FBI, and corporate samples. 

The more than 35 full-time faculty members of the Psychology Department offer a unique blend of expertise in research, scholarship, and teaching. Our adjunct faculty are often actively working in the forensic counseling psychology field. A number of our faculty members have both law degrees and PhDs. Several have extensive experience as clinicians in forensic units of hospitals, in family court, or as consultants to police departments.

Among their interests are dangerousness, screening criminal justice applicants, jury and eyewitness research, insanity defense evaluations, child custody, the consequences of early childhood victimization, hostage negotiations, informed consent, group dynamics and cults, women and crime, delinquency, brainwashing, violence, and multicultural issues. Most have published significant articles and/or books on these and many other topics.

For more information about any of our faculty, view their faculty profiles here.