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Barry Rosenfeld

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld

Professor of Psychology
Curriculum Vitae


Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 226B
Phone: 718-817-3794

Psychology-Law Research Lab


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

Major Research Interests

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.


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.

Recent Publications

* denotes student author.

Forensic Psychology:
Rosenfeld, B., Foellmi, M. Khadivi, A., Wijetunga, C., Howe, J., Nijdam-Jones, A., Grover, S., & Rotter, M. (2017). Determining when to conduct a violence risk assessment: Development and initial validation of the Fordham Risk Screening Tool (FRST). Law and Human Behavior, 41, 325-332. 

*Nijdam-Jones, A., & Rosenfeld, B. (2017). Cross-cultural feigning assessment: A systematic review of feigning instruments used with culturally and ethnically diverse samples. Psychological Assessment, 29, 1321-1336. 

Barber Rioja, V., & Rosenfeld, B. (2018). Addressing linguistic and cultural differences in the forensic interview. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 17(4), 377-386. 

Rosenfeld, B., Galietta, M., Foellmi, M., et al. (2019). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of stalking offenders: A randomized controlled study. Law and Human Behavior, 43(4), 319-328.

*Aparcero, M., Nijdam-Jones, A., Rosenfeld, B., & Garcia-Lopez, E. (In press). Sex offender risk assessment in Latin America: An exploratory study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Health Psychology:
Rosenfeld, B., Cham, H., Pessin, H., & Breitbart, W. (2018). Why is Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy (MCGP) effective? Meaning as the mechanism of change for advanced cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 27, 654-660.

Breitbart, W., Pessin, H., Rosenfeld, B., et al., (2018). Individual Meaning Centered Psychotherapy for the treatment of psychological and existential distress: A randomized controlled trial in patients with advanced cancer. Cancer, 124, 3231-3239.  

*Kolva, E., Rosenfeld, B., & Saracino, R. (2018). Assessing the decision-making capacity of terminally ill patients with cancer. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26, 523-531. 

*Saracino, R. M., Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., & Nelson, C. (In press). Latent profile analysis of depressive symptoms in younger and older oncology patients. Assessment. 

*McFarland, D. C., Shaffer, K., Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., & Miller, A. H. (2019). C reactive protein and its association with depression in patients receiving treatment for metastatic lung cancer. Cancer, 125, 779-787.

Refugee Mental Health/Trauma:
*Osenbach, J.E., Lewis, C., Rosenfeld, B., et al. (2014). Exploring the longitudinal trajectories of posttraumatic stress disorder in injured trauma survivors. Psychiatry, 77(4), 386-397.

*Weiss, R., & Rosenfeld, B. (2017). Identifying feigning in trauma-exposed African immigrants. Psychological Assessment, 29, 881-889. .

Keller, A., Joscelyne, A., Granski, M., & Rosenfeld, B. (2017). Do Central American immigrants at the US Border satisfy the requirements for asylum? PloS One, 12, e0168692.