Barry Rosenfeld is a Professor of Psychology (currently Department Chair) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University. Dr. Rosenfeld received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in bio-ethics and consultation-liaison psychology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He worked for several years as the Senior Psychologist for the New York City Forensic Psychiatry Clinic prior to joining the faculty of Fordham University in 2000. He has served as Director of Clinical Training (2006-2012) and Chair of the Department of Psychology (2014-present). He is the past President International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and a former Editor-in-Chief of its journal, the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health; he also serves as a member of the editorial board of several prominent psychology journals including Law and Human Behavior, Assessment, and Psychological Assessment.
Dr. Rosenfeld has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, books and invited publications. His research encompasses a wide range of topics related to forensic and health psychology, including malingering, stalking and violence risk assessment, as well as treatment decision-making, desire for hastened death and refugee mental health. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of more than 20 grants, totaling more than $15,000,000, and has served as a research consultant for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Physicians for Human Rights, the Bellevue Hospital Program for Survivors of Torture, the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom, and the Law School Admission Council. Dr. Rosenfeld is board certified in forensic psychology and maintains an active forensic/clinical practice, consulting on a wide range of legal matters. His practice involves evaluating individuals charged with a criminal offense or involved in civil litigation, but he has been frequently retained to consult on international matters. He has evaluated individuals detained in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the Guantanamo Bay military prison, consulted to the U.N. War Tribunal regarding the prosecution of a Serbian war criminal, and evaluated litigants in a class action lawsuit against the government of India.
- 1983 BA in Psychology and minor in Philosophy, Boston University
- 1991 MA in Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia
- 1992 PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia
My research focuses on the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in a range of settings, including those related to law and health care. My "forensic" interests currently center on two primary topics: violence risk triage and cross-cultural applications of forensic assessment techniques. My colleagues and I have developed an instrument designed to determine when a thorough violence risk assessment is warranted and have been evaluating this tool in a range of settings. In addition, I have mentored a number of graduate students who are focusing on cross-cultural applications of forensic assessment instruments and the range of cultural influences on the evaluation process more broadly.
A second, but related focus is on assessing and intervening to reduce psychological distress among seriously ill individuals. With colleagues at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (link), our research has led to the development of numerous assessment instruments designed to improve the evaluation of distress and suicide risk among terminally ill cancer patients. A related line of research has focused on the development and evaluation of an existential psychotherapy intervention designed to reduce distress in this population. My colleagues and I are currently engaged in several studies intended to improve existing assessment tools and extend this intervention to novel settings and populations.
Finally, a third area of research has focused on the evaluation of distress among immigrants and refugees, and in particular, those who have survived torture. This research has involved the development of assessment techniques that are culturally sensitive and the evaluation of the impact of culture on psychological assessment approaches more generally.
- President of the American Psychology-Law Society, 2022-2023
- Past President of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, 2017-2019
- With a group of colleagues who comprised the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s Expedited Removal Study team, Dr. Rosenfeld was co-recipient of the 2005 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for their report on asylum seekers in the expedited removal process.
- In 2005, Dr. Rosenfeld’s book Physician-assisted suicide and the right to die: The interface of law, social science, and medical ethics, received an award from the American Psychology-Law Society/Division 41 of the American Psychological Association for best book in 2003-2004.
- Two-time winner (co-recipient) of the Dorfman Journal Paper Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
* denotes student author.
*Aparcero, M., Picard, E., Nijdam-Jones, A., & Rosenfeld, B. (2022). Comparing the ability of MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF validity scales to detect feigning: A meta-analysis. Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/10731911211067535
*Bopp, L., Aparcero, M., & Rosenfeld, B. (2022). Detecting symptom exaggeration and minimization using translated versions of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF: A systematic review and preliminary meta-analysis. Law and Human Behavior 46(1), 81-97. https://doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000469.
*Chang, Y. T., Rosenfeld, B., Tam, W. C. C., Han, Y., & Teng, C. Y. (2022). A study of the TOMM and DCT in Chinese-speaking immigrants with limited English proficiency in the United States. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/14999013.2022.2027048
*Kolva, E., Rosenfeld, B. & Saracino, R. (2020). Neuropsychological predictors of decision-making capacity in terminally ill patients with advanced cancer. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 35(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acz027.
*Nijdam-Jones, A., Garcia-López, E., Rojas, L. M., Guarneros, A. R., & Rosenfeld, B. (2021). Predictive validity of the HCR-20V3 with incarcerated males in Mexico City. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48(10), 1450-1467. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854821997520.
*Nijdam-Jones, A., Chen, Y., & Rosenfeld, B. (2020). Detection of feigned posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2). Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(7), 790-798. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000593.
*Picard, E. & Rosenfeld, B. (2021). How clinicians incorporate suicide risk factors into suicide risk assessment. Crisis, 42(2), 100-106. https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000694.
Rosenfeld, B., Budescu, D. V., Han, Y., Foellmi, M., Kirsch, K. L., & Passik, S. (2020). Does the perceived accuracy of urine drug testing impact clinical decision making? Substance Abuse, 41(1), 85-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2019.1621239.
*Saracino, R. M., Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., & Nelson, C. (2020). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale in oncology with examination of younger and older patients. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 36(2), 229-236. http://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000510.