Director, Forensic Training Programs, School of Psychology and Counseling

Contact Information


  • Forensic Assessment and Prediction
  • Psycholegal Analysis of Criminal and Civil Cases
  • Psychology of Criminal Behavior


Current Research Projects:

  • SMART Office / DOJ grant on-campus sexual violence; grant has the mission of developing a treatment program (sanction) for students found responsible for sexual misconduct
  • Child pornography – data collection at the United States Sentencing Commission on three categories of men found to be in possession of child pornography
  • Juvenile sex offender risk assessment
  • 7-year follow-up of 850+ children and adolescents who were wards of Dept. Social Services.

Academic Profile

I am a Professor in the School of Psychology. I received my Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1975, followed by 4 years of fellowships. I have been a practicing forensic psychologist for 35 years, having assessed or supervised the assessment of over 2,000 offenders.  Over the years I have worked on a wide range of cases: NGRI/ CST, diminished capacity, risk assessment, tort/3rd party liability, Internet crime/child pornography; custody & child protection matters, sentencing mitigation, amenability for treatment, and program evaluation and provided testimony in 200+ cases.  

I have been conducting programmatic research on sex offenders for 38 years and presented several hundred times in the U.S., Europe, Canada, & Israel.  I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2003 and the Association for Psychological Science in 2006.  I am presently focused on a project that will encourage a shift in the juvenile court from criminalization back towards rehabilitation, and a separate project working with colleagues to promote interventions to mitigate sexual misconduct on college campuses.    


Selected Publication Past 10 years:

Prentky, R. A., & Righthand, S.   (in press).   The next generation of J-SOAP and Risk Assessment of Juvenile Sex Offenders.  Chapter in K. Douglas & R. Otto (Eds.), Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment.  Routledge.

Kang, T., Manheim, M., Beltrani, A., Nishimura, B., Pate, E., Sinclair, S., Righthand, S., Worling, J., & Prentky, R.  (2019).    Development of a Risk/Treatment Needs and Progress Protocol for Juveniles with sex offenses.   Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 5 (2), 154-169.

Prentky, R. A.   (2017).   Vignette 4A: Conflicts of Interest and Multiple Relationships [Expert Response #1]; Vignette 9E: Public and Out-of-Court Statements [Expert Response #1].  In G. Pirelli, R. A. Beattey & P. A. Zapf (Eds.), The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology, N.Y.: Oxford University Press. 

Prentky, R. A.   (2017).   Vignette 4A: Conflicts of Interest and Multiple Relationships [Expert Response #1]; Vignette 9E: Public and Out-of-Court Statements [Expert Response #1].  In G. Pirelli, R. A. Beattey & P. A. Zapf (Eds.), The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology, N.Y.: Oxford University Press. 

Grossi, L. M., Lee, A., Schuler, A., Ryan, J., & Prentky, R. A.   (2016).  Sexualized behaviors in cohorts of children in the child welfare system.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 52, 49-61. 

Grossi, L. M., Brereton, A., & Prentky, R. A.    (2016).  Forensic Assessment of Juvenile Offenders.  Invited chapter in S. Righthand & W. Murphy (Eds.), The Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents who have Sexually Offended.   Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press.

Prentky, R. A.   (2015).   Evaluation and follow-up of a presenting outpatient with a very high risk of violence and no known criminal history.  Invited case study for R. Sternberg & S. Fiske (Eds.).  Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain SciencesCambridge University Press.

Prentky, R. A., Righthand, S., & Lamade, R.   (2015).    Juvenile Sexual Offending: Assessment and Intervention.  Eds., K. Heilbrun, D. DeMatteo, & N. Goldstein (pp. 641-672).  Invited Chapter in Handbook of  Psychology and Juvenile Justice.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Prentky, R. A., Lee, A. F., Lamade, R., Grossi, L., Schuler, A., Dube, G., DeMarco, M., & Pond,  A.  (2014). Placement Instability as a Risk Factor in Proximal Sexually Inappropriate and Aggressive Behaviors in a Child Welfare Sample. Journal of Child Custody, 11, 251 – 277.

Lee,  A. F. S., Nien-Chi, Li., Lamade, R., Schuler, A., & Prentky, R. A.   (2012). Predicting hands-on child sexual offenses among possessors of Internet child pornography.  Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law, 18(4), 644-672.

Prentky, R. A., Gabriel, A., & Coward, A.    (2011).   Treatment for perpetrators of sexual violence (pp. 115-135).  Invited Chapter in J. W. White, M. P. Koss, & A. E. Kazdin (Eds.), Violence Against Women and Children: Navigating Solutions. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Lamade, R., Gabriel, A., & Prentky, R. A.  (2011).   Optimizing risk mitigation in management of sex offenders: A structural model.   International Journal of Psychiatry and the Law, 34, 217-225.

Prentky, R. A., & Barbaree, H. E.   (2011).   Commentary: Hebephilia – A would-be paraphilia caught in the twilight zone between prepubescence and adulthood.  Journal of the American Academy and the Law, 39 (4).

Prentky, R.  A., Lamade, R., & Coward,  A.   (2011).   Sex Offender research in a forensic context (pp. 372-399).  Chapter in B. Rosenfeld & S. Penrod (Eds.), Research Methods in Forensic Psychology.   New York: John Wiley.

Prentky, R. A., Gabriel, A., & Coward, A.   (2010).   Sexual Offenders (pp. 1063-1094). Invited Chapter in J. C. Thomas & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies.  Volume II: Intervention and Treatment for Adults. N.Y.: Springer.

Prentky, R. A.,  Li, N.-C., Righthand, S., Schuler, A., Cavanaugh, D., & Lee, A. F. (2010).   Assessing Risk of Sexually Abusive Behavior Among Youth in a Child Welfare Sample.  Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 28, 24-45.