Richard A. Cooter, J.D., Psy.D. Dr. Cooter, a licensed clinical psychologist and attorney, has been the Director of the Forensic Psychology program at GW since its creation in 2012. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and practiced law for 25 years before receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology from GW in 2004. He performs psychological evaluations for the courts, and he regularly represents individuals who are the subject of involuntary commitment proceedings. He has taught forensic psychology at the graduate level since 2007.

Michael L. Bourke, Ph.D.  Dr. Bourke is the Chief Psychologist for the United States Marshals Service and he serves as the head of the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit.  He is a sworn federal law enforcement officer and certified polygraph examiner; prior to his deputation with the USMS he worked in local, state, and federal corrections for 20 years, including eight years evaluating and treating sex offenders at a federal prison.  He has taught various courses at the graduate level since 2006.

Matt Bruce, M.S., D.Clin.Psy. Dr. Bruce graduated in 2005 from University College London as a Clinical Psychologist and has since acquired a specialization in dangerousness and severe personality disorder across various security settings and providers in the UK and US.  In the UK he was clinical lead for a pilot program funded by the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice, to treat high-risk of high-harm offenders with severe personality disorders. Dr. Bruce is also an honorary faculty member at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College London and has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of forensic psychology. In the US, he has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Department of Behavioral Health, Washington DC. Dr. Bruce has acted as an expert witness on a wide range of civil, forensic and family matters.

Marcus R. Forbes, M.S., Ph.D. Dr. Forbes, a licensed clinical psychologist, has worked for 24 years in correctional psychology.  During that time he has performed forensic evaluations for the courts, testified as an expert witness, and provided individual and group therapy for a diverse inmate population.  Currently he works primarily with inmates convicted of sexual offenses. He is a certified sex offender treatment provider for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has supervised and taught graduate students since 1994.

Chris Fraser, M.S. Mr. Fraser is the Deputy Assistant Director of Operations for the Defense Security Service’s (DSS) Counterintelligence (CI) Directorate.  He is responsible for the day-to-day execution of the agency’s CI collection mission comprised of special agents, collection management officers, and support staff.  Mr. Fraser ensures the DSS CI workforce is sufficiently trained, resourced, and equipped to deter the foreign intelligence entity threats against classified information resident in cleared industry.  He has over 19 years of experience conducting counter reconnaissance, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism operations for the United States Army and DSS.  Mr. Fraser is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Division of Public Safety and Leadership with a Master of Science degree in Intelligence Analysis. 

Jacqueline Hazzan, M.A., J.D. Ms. Hazzan received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University where she studied national security and criminal law. She is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and has worked in the Special Victim's Unit at the District Attorneys Office, the Cybersecurity Unit at the United States Attorneys Office, and the United States Coast Guard's Office of Legal Affairs. She also received her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the George Washington University.

Katie S. Kelly, Psy.D.  Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. She conducts psychological, psychoeducational, and forensic psychological evaluations for a private practice in Woodbridge, VA. She received her Psy.D. from George Washington University in 2014. Dr. Kelly was employed a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital in Florida from 2013 to 2016. Her primary responsibilities were to restore patients to competency, conduct competency and insanity evaluations on severely mentally ill patients, and provide expert testimony to the Court.

Rocio Lopez-Sharifi, Psy.D. Dr. Lopez-Sharifi has been a principal faculty member of the Forensic Psychology program at GW since its creation in 2012 and has been teaching forensic psychology at the graduate level since 2009.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University and earned her doctorate degree from GW.  As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Lopez-Sharifi handles court-ordered assessments and routinely testifies as an expert witness in juvenile and domestic relations cases.

Frank Malafarina, M.A. Mr. Malafarina is the Defense Security Service (DSS), Assistant Director of Operations for Counterintelligence (CI). He directs the identification and mitigation of foreign intelligence threats to classified and sensitive technologies resident in cleared industry. He is responsible for the coordination and interoperability of CI operations, across the analysis, production, collections management, cyber, and insider threat mission areas. Mr. Malafarina is the senior DSS/CI representative responsible for liaison and coordination of investigative and operational activities with CI, law enforcement, security, and intelligence agencies in the U.S. to ensure the successful mitigation and neutralization of individuals who are a threat to our nation's cleared contractor facilities. 

Blake McConnell, M.A.  Mr. McConnell is a retired Supervisory Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and was assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) when he retired. Mr. McConnell is a certified federal polygraph examiner and holds an M.A. in Forensic Psychophysiology. Since his retirement from the FBI, Mr. McConnell has been providing support to U.S. Government counterintelligence and counterterrorism vetting operations both domestically and abroad.

James McNamara, M.S.  Mr. McNamara retired as a Supervisory Special Agent after a 25-year career with the FBI.  He was assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime during his last 18 years.  Mr. McNamara holds an M.S. in Criminal Justice and was the FBI Program Manager of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Fellowship. Mr. McNamara provides expert analysis and testimony in criminal and civil matters. Mr. McNamara is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Lara Sheehi, Psy.D. Dr. Sheehi received her Psy.D. from the George Washington University's Professional Psychology Program. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and policy analyst in Behavioral Health with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy Connections Medicaid agency and also maintains a private practice in Williamsburg, VA and Columbia, SC. Dr. Sheehi currently serves as a mentor in the APA Div. 39 Minority Scholar's program and is the secretary of the Multicultural Concerns Committee within the division. 

The Hon. Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi. Judge Talevi is the Chief Judge of the General District Court for the Twenty-Third District in Virginia. She earned her B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Judge Talevi is a lecturer for the Virginia State Bar Association on a range of topics including criminal law and professionalism, and a lecturer for the Supreme Court of Virginia on a number of topics including training for new judges. She co-authored, with many other judges, the bench book for General District Court Judges. Judge Talevi served on the Problem Solving Court Commission which endorsed legislation to create problem solving courts in Virginia, and currently serves as a member on the Virginia Governor's Advisory Committee for the Center of Behavioral Health and Justice Committee. She is a member of the Mental Health Task Force of the Roanoke Valley, and a member of the Court Community Corrections Advisory Board. In July 2011, Judge Talevi created a therapeutic docket in Roanoke Valley to provide sentencing alternatives for individuals with mental health issues. She is currently a member of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Committee working to establish a template for mental health dockets in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 




Photo of guy in orange jumpsuitIn an interview with GW Today, Richard Cooter, program director, discusses the mental health of mass killers—and whether anything can be done to prevent future incidents.