Joseph J. Plaud, Ph.D.
License:   7394   

Evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders, expert in civil commitment

Boston Massachusetts United States

Joseph J. Plaud, Ph.D.
166 Boston Street
Unit 3
Boston, MA 02125-1142


fax 617-830-0830

Dr. Plaud is a clinical psychologist whose graduate training was primarily focused on behavioral assessment and therapy. He received his B.A. in psychology in 1987 from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, with High Honors in Psychology. He enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Maine, in Orono, Maine, where he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1993, after completing his clinical internship at the University of Mississippi and Jackson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Plaud then joined the clinical psychology faculty at the University of North Dakota in 1993 (until 1998), where he was actively involved in the training of clinical and experimental psychology graduate students in their Ph.D. programs, as well as pursuing his teaching and research activities in psychology (behavior analysis, behavior modification and therapy, behavioral assessment). Dr. Plaud is also interested in the philosophical and historical foundations of psychology, with particular interests in the theoretical underpinnings of behaviorism and behavior therapy, and the accurate dissemination of behavior analysis in public forums. Dr. Plaud has published and lectured widely in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, and his opinion is frequently sought in forensic cases. Dr. Plaud is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25--Behavior Analysis), and a Visiting Scholar of Human Development at Brown University. He is also the Director of Applied Behavioral Consultants, Inc. ( and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sexual Offender Civil Commitment: Science and the Law.

Conduct independent evaluations and courtroom testimony, specializing in sexual offender civil commitment and registration.

Conduct intensive clinical assessments of sexual offenders, including the use of the latest technology employing physiological sexual arousal evaluation, as well as comprehensive behavioral and psychometric testing services for males and females.

Provide a range of high quality programs and referrals responsive to the level of service needs.

Provide professionals with information on community treatment and supervision needs, progress attained, potential risk, and specific stipulations enhancing successful community adjustment.

Prepare sexual offenders to return to the community and establish links to appropriate community-based resources for treatment and supervision.
Create environments that promote effective delivery of educational and treatment services.

Provide comprehensive services for persons with developmental disabilities.

Establish and maintain behavioral data systems facilitating aftercare of offenders, program process and outcome evaluation, and program planning.

Coordinate and participate in residential services for sexual offenders.

Areas of Expertise
Sexual Offenders

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