Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
Training Area: Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College
Research Interests: Clinical Forensic Psychology- Competency/ Insanity; Forensic Assessment; Clinical Psychology
Patricia A. Zapf, Ph.D., is the Editor of the American Psychology-Law Society Book Series and an Associate Editor for Law and Human Behavior. Dr. Zapf was appointed Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society in 2006 for outstanding contributions to the field of law and psychology for her work in competency evaluation. Her research and publications in the field of forensic psychology involve the assessment and conceptualization of various types of competencies and the utility of various methods of competency assessment as well as various aspects of forensic assessment (risk assessment, malingering, insanity) and the development and validation of forensic assessment instruments. In addition to her research, she serves as a consultant to various criminal justice and policy organizations and has a private practice in forensic assessment. She has conducted over 2500 forensic evaluations in both the United States and Canada and has served as an expert witness in a number of cases, including United States v. Jose Padilla. Dr. Zapf is the author of Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial and travels throughout the United States to train legal professionals and psychologists on best practices in forensic evaluation and serving as an expert witness.