Dr. Cynthia Calkins is a licensed clinical forensic psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Legal Studies (MLS) from the University of Nebraska's Law-Psychology program. She completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute in Tampa, FL and did postdoctoral work at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Her work focuses broadly on establishing empirical evidence for use in sex offender policy and sexual violence prevention. She has served as a PI on two major federal grants from the U.S. National Institute of Justice. The most recent of these was primary prevention oriented and helped to identify risk markers for sexual violence perpetration among a sample of clergy sex offenders. Current projects include a longitudinal study that examines factors promoting desistance from sexual offending and the examination and prevention of sexual violence in Latino cultures.