Modern Day Mindhunter? What Does Forensic Psychology Really Look Like?

When: November 11, 2021 6-7pm (PST)

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A CNU Virtual Faculty Presentation

The CNU Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program invites you to attend our upcoming Faculty Presentation Series.

Each presentation is provided by a member of our faculty based on their area of interest, research, or practice.

Come get a taste of what the CNU Doctor of Psychology Program has to offer!

All presentations are free of charge.


This Event:

Forensic psychology has been popularized in the modern psychological crime dramas, including Dexter, Criminal Minds, and Mind Hunter. Do these portrayals accurately depict the role of the forensic psychologist in the criminal and civil justice systems?

In this talk, Dr. Wetterer will draw upon his 28 years of experience as a law enforcement professional, and his roles as a forensic psychologist in a maximum-security prison and inpatient maximum security psychiatric forensic hospital, where he conducted hundreds of forensic assessments with justice involved criminal defendants. The primary roles of a forensic psychologist will be discussed, along with the myriad of practice opportunities that await those who chose to pursue this specialty in clinical psychology. Presented by Forensic Psychologist, Craig Wetterer, Ph.D.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Craig Wetterer earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University (2015; APA Accredited) and an MA (2001) and BA (1996) in Psychology from the California State University, Sacramento. His clinical internship training focused on forensic and neuropsychological assessment, and therapeutic interventions targeting acute stress, trauma and PTSD. Dr. Wetterer completed postdoctoral training with the California Correctional Healthcare Services (CDCR), where he was part of a treatment team providing interventions treating the most seriously mentally ill inmate-patients in a maximum-security prison setting. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Clinical Director of the inpatient Mental Health Crisis Bed unit at California State Prison, Sacramento, where he supervised an interdisciplinary treatment team of clinicians providing acute mental health care to hospitalized patients. Dr. Wetterer has experience as a forensic psychologist at Lake’s Crossing Center (2019-2021), a maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital in Nevada, where he was part of an interdisciplinary treatment team conducting forensically focused assessments for the Courts. He is licensed as a clinical psychologist in California and Nevada, and as a member of the California Bar since 2007.

Dr. Wetterer has previously served as a sworn police officer with the Sacramento Police Department working in a variety of assignments, including patrol, field training officer, neighborhood policing, and on the mental health/crisis response team. He provides ongoing training support to new officers in understanding mental illness, teaching them best practices in crisis intervention. His clinical and research interests include the assessment of personality and psychopathology, risk of suicide, and interventions that target acute stress, trauma, and PTSD. His teaching focus at is in Personality & Intellectual Assessment, Psychometrics, Statistics, and Forensic Psychology. He has held faculty appointments at the University of California, Davis as a visiting lecturer, and a current appointment as an adjunct professor at Brandman University, which is merging with UMass Global in late 2021. Dr. Wetterer is also a member of the community faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

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