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Gina Vincent

Gina Vincent, PhD President

Gina Vincent is an Associate Professor at the Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) and Co-Director of the Law & Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has received funding from NIMH, NIDA, the MacArthur Foundation, and OJJDP for studies relevant to risk for reoffending, mental health problems, and substance abuse among youth involved in the juvenile justice system. She is author of the Risk Assessment in Juvenile Probation: A Guidebook for Implementation manual. She has assisted multiple juvenile justice agencies across the country with the selection and comprehensive implementation of risk assessments for case planning and studies the effectiveness and impact on youth outcomes. She has over 70 publications and presented at over 200 conferences in the areas of adolescent risk assessment, racial disparities in risk assessment, and adolescent substance abuse and mental health symptoms.

Thomas Grisso

Thomas Grisso, PhD Vice President

Thomas Grisso, a clinical and forensic psychologist, is Emeritus Professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School. His professional research and practice as focused on mental health and development of youth in contact with the juvenile and criminal justice system. As a NYSAP Partner, he manages technical assistance and training to states on mental health screening and assessment in juvenile justice settings, as well as assessments for forensic questions such as competence to stand trial. During his career, he has been President of the American Psychology-Law Society and Executive Director of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He has received career achievement awards from major psychological and psychiatric associations nationally and internationally.

Beth Fritz

Elizabeth (Beth) Fritz, MS Director of Case Planning & Quality Assurance

Elizabeth (Beth) Fritz brings nearly 37 years’ experience in the juvenile justice field serving in several capacities, most recently as the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in Lehigh County, Allentown, PA. Ms. Fritz has a B.S in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University and a M.S. in the Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University. Ms. Fritz was an integral part of the juvenile justice reform efforts throughout Pennsylvania as a member of the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy Leadership Team. She co-chaired the Chiefs’ Assessment Committee and the Case Plan Committee and is responsible for the guidance around implementation and application of several evidenced- based practices, including risk assessment and case planning, throughout Pennsylvania. As a partner of NYSAP, she has assisted in training and coaching jurisdictions on implementation of risk assessments and case planning practices consistent with risk-need-responsivity, including policy development, quality assurance protocols, and the practical application and strategies for sustainability.

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Ivan Kruh, PhD Director of Juvenile Competency Services

Ivan Kruh received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Psychology & Law from the University of Alabama in 1998 and subsequently completed fellowship training in forensic psychology through the University of Washington. For ten years, he was the Director of Juvenile Forensic Psychology for Washington State and directed a Juvenile Forensic Psychology fellowship through the University of Washington. He has offered juvenile forensic mental health evaluations privately in Massachusetts and New York since 2012. Dr. Kruh specializes in the conduct and coordination of evaluations of juvenile competency to proceed (JCTP) and has co-authored two manuals with Thomas Grisso regarding creation of state standards for these evaluations. He has provided training, quality assurance and technical assistance for a variety of state agencies nationally since 2010, all aimed at supporting the day-to-day provision of high quality juvenile forensic mental health evaluations.

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Cassandra (Jo) Beinemann, MA Risk/Needs Assessment Training Support

Cassandra (Jo) Beinemann received her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at Roger Williams University. She has conducted research in juvenile risk assessment and works as a Behavioral Specialist for an Outpatient Competency Restoration Program (OCRP). She provides risk/needs assessment training support for NYSAP, where she manages all the performance evaluations and certifications of staff newly trained on the YLS/CMI and SAVRY.

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Kelly Clement, MS Risk/Needs Assessment

Kelly Clement retired in June 2015 from the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) after 28 years of service. He received his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from McNeese State University. He served as the Regional Manager of the New Orleans Regional Office after having risen through the ranks starting as a Probation Officer. Mr. Clement played an integral role in the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change reform efforts in Louisiana which focused on the expanding alternatives to formal processing and incarceration, increasing access to evidence‐based services, and reducing disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system. He was the OJJ State Coordinator of their risk/needs assessment implementation, which included policy development, training, and quality improvement. Mr. Clement has served on several Children and Youth Planning Boards, numerous juvenile justice committees, and as an auditor for the American Correctional Association (ACA). He has assisted multiple juvenile justice agencies throughout the country with their risk/needs assessment and risk-need-responsivity implementation efforts.

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Keith Cruise, PhD Trauma and Behavioral Health Screening & Risk/Needs Assessment

Keith Cruise is Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University and Co-Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice (CTRJJ), a technical assistance center that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Legal Studies degree from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Cruise has received grant funding (NIJ, OJJDP, SAMHSA) to examine the effectiveness of enhanced mental health screening for poly-victimization, trauma-informed case planning, and the impact of trauma screening on service delivery and legal outcomes for justice-involved youth. Dr. Cruise has provided technical assistance and consultation to local and state juvenile justice systems around the country in implementing trauma-informed screening and assessment practices.

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Christina Riggs Romaine, PhD Juvenile Competence to Stand Trial & Risk/Needs Assessment

Christina Riggs Romaine is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, MA and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Massachusetts with extensive experience in the juvenile justice system. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in collaboration with the Department of Youth Services, where she worked as an evaluator, trainer, and service provider in pre- and post-adjudication facilities, before working as a full-time forensic evaluator in the MA Court Clinics. Dr. Riggs Romaine studies juvenile’s comprehension of the Miranda warning, juvenile competency to stand trial, juvenile transfer, and risk in juveniles and young adults. She has worked with juvenile justice stakeholders across the country on projects ranging from local consultation and technical assistance to system-wide policy development, training and implementation in the areas of juvenile competence to stand trial and risk/needs assessment for dispositional planning.

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Rachael Perrault, MA Behavioral Health Screening & Risk/Needs Assessment

Ms. Perrault is a Project Director II in the Law and Psychiatry Program and Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester MA. She received her MA in Forensic Psychology from Rogers Williams University in 2009 and is currently working on her Ph.D. in the Criminology and Justice Studies program at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Ms. Perrault has over nine years of experience managing research projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation, OJJDP, NIDA and several state agencies to examine or assist with the implementation of risk assessment for violence and reoffending and behavioral health screening among youth in juvenile justice settings. She has worked with multiple juvenile probation and correctional agencies to implement risk assessment and RNR-based case planning, provide training on risk/needs assessment and screening and behavioral health screening, and to collection and analyze justice data

Ms. Perrault also provides technical assistance on the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2) to juvenile justice programs (diversion, intake probation, detention, corrections) interested in implementing the MAYSI-2 to help identify the mental health needs of the youths they work with. In addition, she assists juvenile justice agencies still using the MAYSI-2 desktop software (MAYSIWARE) via the MAYSI Helpdesk.

Other Affiliates

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Wendy Nussbaum, MA Adolescent Domestic Battery

Executive Director, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

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Chad Tillbrook, PhD Risk/Needs Assessment

Director, Forensic Services Division, Department of Behavioral Health, DC

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Frank DICataldo, PhD Forensic Evaluations & Risk/Needs Assessment

Roger Williams University