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Barry Rosenfeld

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld

Professor of Psychology
Department Chairperson
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 before working for several years as Senior Psychologist for the New York City Forensic Psychiatry Clinic. Since 2000 he has been on the faculty of Fordham University, and has served as Director of Clinical Training (2006-2012) and Chair of the Department of Psychology (2014-present). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health and 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 150 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, hopelessness, and desire for hastened death. He has been Principal Investigator ro Co-Investigator of more than 20 grants, totaling more than $15,000,000.  He has served as a research consultant for 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 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 focus on the application of psychology to a range of legal issues, including those involved in criminal, civil and immigration law. My current research aims to improve the evaluation of violence risk and development of interventions intended to reduce that risk. My colleagues and I have been evaluating methods to “triage” individuals in order to determine when or if a thorough violence risk assessment is needed, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of various risk assessment and management techniques.

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:
Galietta, M., & Rosenfeld, B. (2012). Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the Treatment of Psychopathy. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 11(4), 325-335, doi: 10.1080/14999013.2012.746762.

*Green, D., Rosenfeld, B., & Belfi, B. (2013). New and improved? Comparison of the original and revised versions of the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms. Assessment, 20(1), 210-218, doi: 10.1177/1073191112464389

*Martinez, R., Rosenfeld, B., Cruise, K., & Martin, J. (2015). Predictive validity of the J-SOAP-II: Does accuracy differ across settings? International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14, 56-65, doi: 10.1080/14999013.2015.1019683.

*Howe, J., Rosenfeld, B., *Foellmi, M., Stern, S., & Rotter, M. (In press). Application of the HCR-20 Version 3 in civil psychiatric patients. Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Health Psychology:
Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., *Tobias, K., Pessin, H., Ku, G. Y., Yuan, J., Gibson, C., & Wolchok, J. (2014). Depression, cytokines, and pancreatic cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 23, 339-345, doi: 10.1002/pon.3422

*Kolva, E., Rosenfeld, B., Brescia, R., & Comfort, C. (2014). Assessing decision-making capacity at the end of life. General Hospital Psychiatry, 36, 392-397, doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2014.02.013.

Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., Marziliano, A., *Jacobson, C., *Sorger, B., *Abbey, J., *Olden, M., Brescia, R., & Breitbart, W. (2014). Does Desire for Hastened Death Change in Terminally Ill Cancer Patients? Social Science & Medicine, 111, 35-40, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.03.027.

Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., Applebaum, A., Kulikowski, J., & Lichtenthal, W. (In press). Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy: An effective intervention for improving psychological well-being in patients with advanced cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.57.2198.

Refugee Mental Health:
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.

*Raghavan, S., Rosenfeld, B., Rasmussen, A., & Keller, A. (2013). Correlates of symptom reduction in treatment seeking survivors of torture. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 5(4), 377-383, doi: 10.1037/a0028118.