Georgia Winters

Assistant Professor and Deputy Director

Forensic Psychology MA Program

Contact Information

Courses

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • Evaluating Criminal Responsibility and Competency to Stand Trial
  • Special Topics in Forensic Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Research

  • Prevention of Sexual Violence
  • Sexual Grooming of Child Sexual Abusers
  • Paraphilic Interests and Disorders

Education

  • BA, Stonehill College
  • PhD, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
  • Pre-doctoral Clinical Internship, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology, University of Virginia’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy

Academic Profile

Dr. Winters completed her B.A. in Psychology and Criminology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Subsequently, she received her Clinical Psychology Ph.D. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Forensic Track, and her postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Winters’ research interests to date have largely evolved around sexual offending behaviors, in an effort to better understand the prevention of sexual violence and assessment of individuals who commit such acts. She has a specialized interest in researching sexual grooming behaviors of child sexual abusers (i.e., pre-offense behaviors used to avoid disclosure and detection) and paraphilic interests/disorders (e.g., frotteurism, voyeurism, fetishism).

Dr. Winters’ clinical work has spanned various inpatient and outpatient settings, with a focused interest in the evaluation and treatment of forensic populations and individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Namely, her clinical activities include conducting evaluations for both criminal (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessment, sex offender sentencing, capital mitigation) and civil (e.g., psychological injury, parental capacity) cases.

 

Selected Publications

Winters, G. M., Colombino, N., Schaaf, S., Laake, A. L. W., Jeglic, E. L., & Calkins, C. (2020). Why do child sexual abuse victims not tell anyone about their abuse? An exploration of factors that prevent and promote disclosure. Behavioral Sciences & the Law. doi:10.1002/bsl.2492

Winters, G., Jeglic, E., & Kaylor, L. (2020). Validation of the sexual grooming model of child sexual abusers. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 29(7), 855-875. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2020.180193

Greene-Colozzi, E., Winters, G., Blasko, B, & Jeglic, E. (2020). Experiences and perceptions of online sexual solicitation and grooming of minors: A retrospective report. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse: Research, Treatment, & Program Innovations for Victims, Survivors, & Offenders. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2020.1801938

Winters, G., Collins, C., Kaylor, L., & Jeglic, E. (2020). The impact of defendant gender and attractiveness on juror decision-making in a sexual offense case. Deviant Behavior. doi: 10.1080/01639625.2020.1844364

Klentz, B., Winters, G., & Chapman, J. (2020). The CSI effect and the impact of DNA evidence on mock jurors and jury deliberations. Psychology, Crime & Law. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2019.1708353

Drawbridge, D., Todorovic, K., Winters, G., & Vincent, G. (2019). Implementation of risk-need-       responsivity principles into probation case planning. Law and Human Behavior, 43(5), 455–467. https://doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000351

Winters, G., Greene-Colozzi, E., & Jeglic, E. (2019). Mental abnormalities in sexually violent predator evaluations: Clinical recommendations for the ethical use of paraphilic diagnoses. Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice. doi: 10.1080/24732850.2018.1556541

Winters, G., Jeglic, E., Calkins, C., & Blasko, B. (2017). Desistance from sexual offending: The role of sex offender legislation. Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, 30(2), 202-222. doi: 10.1080/1478601X.2017.1299894   

Winters, G., Kaylor, L., & Jeglic E. (2017). Sexual offenders contacting children online: An examination of transcripts of sexual grooming. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 23(1), 62-76. doi: 10.1080/13552600.2016.1271146

Winters, G., & Jeglic, E. (2016). Stages of sexual grooming: Recognizing potentially predatory behaviors of child molesters. Deviant Behavior, 38(6), 724-733.doi:10.1080/01639625.2016.1197656

Zottoli., T., Daftary, T., Winters, G., & Hogan, C. (2016). Plea discounts, time pressures and false-guilty pleas in youth and adults who pleaded guilty to felonies in New York City. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22(3), 250-259. doi: 10.1037/law0000095

Winters, G., & Jeglic, E. (2015). I knew it all along: The sexual grooming behaviors of child molesters. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25(1), 20-36. doi:10.1080/10538712.2015.1108945

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