Forensic psychologist lectures on campus Jan. 25, 26

Robert Morgan

Robert D. Morgan, chair and John G. Skelton Jr. Regents Endowed Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University, presents two lectures this week on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Morgan’s lectures are part of the Mahoning Valley Mental Health Speaker Series.

The first lecture is 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the auditorium of DeBartolo Hall and is titled “Psychiatric Symptoms and Criminogenic Risk among Persons with Mental Illness Who Are and Are Not Criminal Justice Involved.” The second lecture is 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in Room 2068 of Kilcawley Center and is titled "Treating Justice Involved Persons with Mental Illness in Forensic, Correctional and Community Settings."

The talks are free and open to the public.

Morgan, who also currently directs the Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech, completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

In addition to academic appointments at Texas Tech, he has maintained a private practice in forensic psychology and from 2002-2012 served as the director of Forensic Services at Lubbock Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services. Morgan has provided forensic mental health services (e.g., over 900 forensic mental health evaluations) at the request of courts, defense, and prosecution, and has testified (trial and/or deposition) for state courts in Alabama, California, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as Canada. In addition, he has served as a consultant to several correctional and forensic mental health agencies in both public and private sectors.

Morgan’s research and scholarly activities include treatment and assessment of justice involved persons with mental illness, effects of incarceration including in restricted housing units, and forensic mental health assessment. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, and the Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and three books, including A Clinician’s Guide to Violence Risk Assessment, and Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World (4th edition).