Joel Dvoskin, PhD is a clinical psychologist, licensed in the State of Arizona since 1981 and the State of New Mexico since 2005. He is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychology-Law Society. Dr. Dvoskin is past President of Division 18 of the American Psychological Association (Psychologists in Public Service) in 2000-2001, and Past President of the American Psychology-Law Society, Division 41 of the APA. He holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology and an Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Dr. Dvoskin is the author of numerous articles and chapters in professional journals and texts, including a number of articles that deal with treatment of persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. He has been qualified as an expert witness on these and related issues in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Dr. Dvoskin served as Acting Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of New York, overseeing 31 state psychiatric hospitals, 25,000 staff, and the care of more than 100,000 New Yorkers with serious mental illness. For eleven years prior to that, he served as Director of Forensic Services and Associate Commissioner for Forensic Services for the New York State Office of Mental Health, in which capacity he oversaw the forensic and correctional mental health systems for the State of New York, and directly supervised three free-standing maximum security forensic psychiatric hospitals, two forensic units, and fifteen prison mental health programs.
Dr. Dvoskin recently served as a monitor of Federal Court settlement agreements over psychiatric hospitals in Tacoma, Washington and Pueblo, Colorado, and the Bernalillo County Detention Center. He currently serves as one of two monitors of a Federal Court settlement agreement involving the Michigan Department of Corrections. He has testified in numerous class actions regarding the treatment and suicide prevention for persons with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in hospitals, prisons, and jails throughout the United States. Dr. Dvoskin has consulted to state and local governments in more than half of the United States in the provision of mental health services in public settings. He has provided training on treatment to numerous psychiatric hospitals across the U.S.
Dr. Dvoskin is a member of several expert teams for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), focusing on the rights of inmates, detainees, and patients housed in various forms of secure confinement.
Dr. Dvoskin recently completed serving as the architectural design consultant for new construction to replace the Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. and the Colorado Mental Health Institute–Pueblo, and has served in such a capacity for a number of psychiatric hospital construction projects in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He has provided architectural consultation to various agencies and parties on the elimination of suicide hazards in the physicals plants of correctional and psychiatric facilities throughout the United States.
Dr. Dvoskin provides frequent training to clinicians in the treatment of persons with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, and has provided training throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on assessing and preventing the risk of violence to self and others.
Expert Testimony in Civil and Criminal Cases
Consultation in Preventing and Responding to Class Action Litigation
Architectural Design Consultation (Prisons, Jails, and Psychiatric Hospitals)
Leadership and Management Training
Consultation in Managing Mental Health, Correctional, and Juvenile Justice Systems
Areas of Expertise
Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders
Administration of Public Mental Health and Criminal Justice Services
Architectural Consultation (Prisons, Jails, and Psychiatric Hospitals)
Workplace and Campus Violence Prevention
Leadership and Management Training
Assessing Psychological Damages
Prevention of Interpersonal Violence and Suicide