Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Barry Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Clinical Training and Department Chairperson
Department of Psychology
Dealy 226
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458-9993
(718) 817 - 3794
Office Hours: Mon and Thurs 9:00am - 11:00am

Curriculum Vitae
Clinical Interests | Research | CoursesPublications 


Dr. Rosenfeld is Director of Clinical Training and co-Director (with Dr. Cruise) of the Forensic Specialization in the Clinical Psychology Program.
Recent News
  • Research Methods in Forensic Psychology, edited by Dr. Barry Rosenfeld and Dr. Steve Penrod, was published by Wiley Press in April of 2011. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of methodological issues in forensic psychology, with chapters authored by the leading figures in the field. Learn more about this book at Wiley Press: Research Methods in Forensic Psychology

Clinical Interests
As a clinical forensic psychologist, my clinical work primarily involves psychological evaluations of criminal defendants and civil litigants. These evaluations encompass a wide range of psycho-legal issues including criminal law issues (competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, malingering, risk of future violence, criminal behavior, or sexual offending) and civil law issues (psychological repercussions of injury, sexual harassment, or torture, and vocational disability due to psychological conditions).  Over the past several years I have conducted thousands of such evaluations, both in my private practice as well as in my previous capacity with Bellevue Hospital’s Forensic Psychiatry Clinic of the New York City Criminal and Supreme Courts. I am licensed to practice psychology in New York State and have been awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Forensic Psychology and Fellow Status by the American Psychology-Law Society/American Psychological Association. I am also active in the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association), the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, all of which are organizations that encourage student participation. 

Major Research Interests and Projects
  • My research interests are quite varied. At present, I am involved in several different areas of research, all of which broadly address issues related to psychology, public policy, and law. These diverse areas all provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to become involved in clinical research, often working in direct contact with interesting and unique patient populations. More importantly, students routinely become involved in, and participate in national and international conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. My primary areas of research, along with representative publications from each area, are described below:

    Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Offender Treatment

    For several years now I have been working on a series of studies focusing on violence risk assessment and risk management. The core of this research program has been the development and systematic examination of an offender treatment program, Project SHARP, that applies Dialectical Behavior Therapy to the treatment of behavioral problems common among criminal offenders. This program initially targeted stalking offenders, but has gradually been expanded to encompass a wide range of offenders, with a particular emphasis on treatment of psychopathic offenders. In addition to analyzing the effectiveness of this intervention, we have conducted a number of studies examining – and hopefully enhancing the accuracy of risk assessment techniques, including those for psychiatric patients and sex offenders. Some of the recent publications from this line of research include:

    Rosenfeld, B., & Lewis, C. (2005). Assessing violence risk in stalking cases: A Classification Tree approach.  Law and Human Behavior, 29, 343-357.

    Rosenfeld, B., Galietta, M., Ivanoff, A., Garcia-Mansilla, A., Martinez, R., Fava, J., Fineran, V., & Green, D.  (2007).  Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the treatment of stalking offenders. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 6(2), 95-103.

    Martinez, R., Flores, J., & Rosenfeld, B. (2007). Predictive validity of the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol – II (J-SOAP-II) with inner city minority youth. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34, 1284-1295.

    Garcia-Mansilla, A., Rosenfeld, B., & Nicholls, T. (2009). Risk assessment: Are current methods applicable to women? International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 8, 50-61.

    Rotter, M. Carr, W. A., Magyar, M., & Rosenfeld, B. (2011). From incarceration to community care: Structured Assessment of Correctional Adaptation. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, 39(1), 72-77.

    Garcia-Mansilla, A., Rosenfeld, B., & Cruise, K. R. (2011). Violence risk assessment and women: Predictive accuracy of the HCR-20 in a civil psychiatric sample. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29(5), 623-633, doi: 10.1002/bsl.1005.

    Assessment of Trial-Related Psychological States

    Another area of research, driven largely by graduate student projects and interest, pertains to forensic assessment. These include a number of studies focused on malingering, with a particular interest in the analysis of assessment tools across different cultures, the integration of multiple assessment techniques, and the special challenges posed by particular populations (e.g., mentally retarded or severely mentally ill individuals). Recent publications related to this line of research include the following:

    Pivovarova, E., Rosenfeld, B., Dole, T., Green, D., & Zapf, P. (2009). Are measures of cognitive effort and motivation useful in differentiating feigned from genuine psychiatric symptoms? International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 9(4), 271-278.

    Rosenfeld, B., Green, D., Pivovarova, E., Dole, T., & Zapf, P. (2010). What to do with contradictory data: Approaches to the integrating of multiple malingering measures. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 9(2), 63-73.

    Weiss, R. & Rosenfeld, B. (2010). Cross-cultural validity in malingering assessment: The Dot Counting Test in a rural Indian sample. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Services, 9(4), 300-307.

    Pierson, A. M., Rosenfeld, B., Green, D., & Belfi, B. (2011). Investigating the relationship between Antisocial Personality Disorder and malingering. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38(2), 146-156.

    Green, D., & Rosenfeld, B. (2011). Evaluating the gold standard: A meta-analysis of the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS). Psychological Assessment, 23(1), 95-107. doi: 10.1037/a0021149

    Rotter, M. Carr, W. A., Magyar, M., & Rosenfeld, B. (2011). From incarceration to community care: Structured Assessment of Correctional Adaptation. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, 39(1), 72-77.

    Weiss, R., Farkas, M., & Rosenfeld, B. (2011). The utility ofthe Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms in a sample of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Assessment, 18(3), 284-290, doi: 10.1177/1073191111408230.

    Psychological Functioning at the End of Life / Interest in Physician-Assisted Suicide

    Although I consider myself a “forensic” psychologist at heart, many of my research interests overlap heavily with health psychology. For the past 20 years, I have collaborated with friends at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, addressing a range of end-of-life issues and, in particular, issues related to physician assisted suicide and the desire for hastened death. We have conducted (and published) numerous research studies focusing on the desire for hastened death and patient’s capacity to make end-of-life treatment decisions, both topics that cross boundaries between forensic and health psychology. However, other research studies fall more squarely in the psycho-oncology realm, such as our recent studies of a spirituality-based clinical intervention (Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy), intended to enhance spiritual well-being in terminally ill patients. This intervention is currently the focus of a 5-year NIH-funded research study on which several graduate students participate. Some of the recent publications related to this line of research include the following:

    Olden, M., Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., & Breitbart, W. (2009). Measuring Depression at the End of Life: Is the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale a Valid Instrument? Assessment, 16, 43-54.

    Nelson, C. J., Jacobson, C. M., Weinberger, M. I, Bhaskaran, V., Rosenfeld, B., Breitbart, W., & Roth, A. (2009). The role of spirituality in the relationship between religiosity and depression in prostate cancer patients. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38(2), 105-114.

    Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., Gibson, C., Kramer, M., Li, Y., Tomarken, A., Nelson, C., Pessin, H., Esch, J., Galietta, M., Garcia, N., Brechtl, J., & Schuster, M. (2010). Impact of treatment for depression on desire for hastened death in patients with advanced AIDS. Psychosomatics, 52(1), 98-105.

    Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., Gibson, C., Pessin, H., Nelson, C., Poppito, S., Tomarken, A., Berg, A., Timm, A., Jacobson, C., Sorger, B., Abbey, J., & Olden, M. (2010). Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Psycho-oncology, 19(1), 21-28.

    Roth, A., Nelson, C., Rosenfeld, B., Scher, H., Slovin, S., Morris, M. Arauz, G., & Breitbart, W. (2010). Methylphenidate for fatigue in ambulatory men with prostate cancer. Cancer, 116(21), 5102-5110.

    Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., Lewis, C., Abbey, J., Olden, M., Sachs, E., Amakawa, L., Kolva, L., Brescia, R., & Breitbart, W. (2011). Assessing hopelessness in terminally ill cancer patients: Development of the Hopelessness Assessment in Illness Questionnaire (HAI). Psychological Assessment, 23(2), 325-336, doi: 10.1037/a0021767.

    Kolva, E., Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., Breitbart, W., & Brescia, R. (In press). Anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

    Effects of Torture and Political Violence on Mental Health

    A final area of research that I have recently become involved in involves the impact of torture and war-related trauma on psychological functioning in immigrants and refugees. In collaboration with the Bellevue Hospital Program for Survivors of Torture , my colleagues and I have conducted a number of studies focusing on the impact of INS detention practices on the mental health of refugees seeking asylum, as well as the phenomonology and mediating influences on response to torture. This line of research has only recently begun to generate peer-reviewed research, but graduate and undergraduate students have increasingly become involved in the many opportunities that this relationship affords.

    Lhewa, D., Banu, S., Rosenfeld, B., & Keller, A. (2007). Validation of a Tibetan translation of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire. Assessment, 14(3), 223-230.

    Rasmussen, A., Rosenfeld, B., Keller, A., & Reeves, K. (2007). The effects of torture-related injuries on long-term psychological distress in a Punjabi Sikh sample. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116(4), 734-740.

    Sachs, E., Rosenfeld, B., Lhewa, D., Rasmussen, A., & Keller, A. (2008). Entering Exile: Trauma, Mental Health and Coping among Tibetan Refugees Arriving in Dharamsala, India. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21, 199-208.

    Hooberman, J. B., Rosenfeld, B., Rasmussen, A., & Keller, A. (2010). Resilience in Trauma-Exposed Refugees: The Moderating Effect of Coping Style on Social Support, Cognitive Appraisals, and Social Comparisons. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(4), 561-567.

    Green, D., Rosenfeld, B., & Rasmussen, A. (2010). Defining torture: A review of 40 years of research. Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies, 23(4), 528-531.

    Rasmussen, A., Crager, M., Keatley, E., Keller, A. S., & Rosenfeld, B. (2011). Screening for Torture: A narrative checklist comparing legal definitions in a torture treatment clinic. Zeitschrift für Psychologie/Journal of Psychology, 219(3),143-149, doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000061.

    Each of these research areas provide opportunities for graduate students to become involved, with roles varying from data collection and analysis, often in fulfillment of the MA Thesis or Dissertation requirement, to manuscript preparation, and conference presentations. Many current and former graduate students have been involved in peer-review publications, either as co-authors or, at times, as first authors.

Courses Top
  • PSYC 6190 - Forensic Assessment
  • PSYC 7010/HEGL 0366 - Psychology and Criminal Law
  • PSYC 7020/HEGL-0369 - Psychology and Civil Law
  • PSYC 7111 - Psychopathology
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 2900 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 4340 - Psychology and Legal Issues

Selected Publications Top

A listing of Dr. Rosenfeld's published works may be obtained by visiting

Forensic Assessment 
End of Life
Torture Research 

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