Professional Experience

 

2006-present       Private Practice in clinical and forensic psychology, Needham, MA.  Forensic evaluation and consultation in a variety of areas, including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessment.  Consultation to Department of Public Health/Division of Health Professions Licensure.  Specialization in sex offender evaluation for SDP/SVP proceedings, SORB hearings.  Expert testimony in all Superior Courts in MA; consultation to attorneys in NH, NY, NC, RI, FL, VA and WA; appointments by Federal Court to conduct SDP evaluations under the Adam Walsh Act in MA and NC.

 

1992-2006            Private Practice in clinical and 

                             forensic psychology, Fall River, MA. 

                             Individual and family therapy with

                             adolescents, adults and families;

                             psychodiagnostic testing (personality,

                             intellectual, cognitive), forensic

                             evaluations and consultation to

                             courts, District Attorneys, private

                             attorneys, probation/parole; sex

                             offender treatment, consultation and

                             evaluation; expert testimony in all

                             Superior Courts in MA.

                            

1989-1992            Forensic Psychologist, Division of Forensic Mental Health, Bristol County, MA.  Court-ordered evaluations and expert testimony in District and Superior courts in Southeastern Massachusetts as a Designated Forensic Psychologist.  Evaluation of competency to stand trail, criminal responsibility, dangerousness as the result of mental illness/ substance abuse, civil commitment. 

 

1986-1989            Clinical/Forensic Psychologist, Bridgewater State Hospital, Bridgewater, MA.  Forensic evaluations of competency to stand trial,  mental state at time of offense, aid to sentencing, civil commitment at the state’s only maximum security forensic hospital.  Individual and group psychotherapy;  primary psychologist on maximum security unit.  Development of an expert witness training program, presentation at grand rounds.

 

1984-1986            Psychologist III, Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons, Bridgewater, MA.  Clinical: Individual and group psychotherapy, coordinator of psychological testing, supervision of doctoral interns;  member of intake/observation team. Research:  Psychologist on federally funded research project coordinated by Brandeis University focusing on sex offender subtyping.  Development of separate coding systems for rapists and child molesters.

 

1983-1984            Psychology Associate, Boston V.A. Medical Center, Jamaica Plain, MA (APA approved predoctoral internship.  Rotations on inpatient psychiatry and medical psychology/pain management units.  Individual and group psychotherapy, neuropsych training, psychological testing.

 

 

Licensure and Professional Activities

 

Licensed Psychologist, Massachusetts, #3777 (1985)

Licensed Psychologist, New York #017602 (2008)

Licensed Health Service Provider, Massachusetts (1990)

 

Department of Mental Health Designation:

     Designated Forensic Psychologist (1989; currently inactive)

     Qualified Examiner under Chap. 123a/SDP (1986-1999)

 

Member, American Psychological Association:

     Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society);

     Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice)

 

Member, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers;

     Mass Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

 

Member, Massachusetts Psychological Association

 

Member, Society for Personality Assessment

 

Editorial Board, Journal of Sexual Offender Civil Commitment: Science and the Law

 

 

 

Education                          

 

Ph.D.               Clinical Psychology, May 1984:

                        University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

                        APA approved program 

                            

B.A.                 Psychology, May 1979;

                        Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 

                        ​Magna Cum Laude

                          with High Honors in Psychology. 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Selected Publications and Presentations

 

Bard, L. (2015)   Changes in the DSM-5: Paraphilias and

                           Paraphilic Disorders.  Presentation at

                           the Annual Statewide Training

                           Conference of the Committee for Public

                           Counsel Services, Worcester, MA.

 

Bard, L. (2014)     Article 10 Workshop: Issues related to the use of actuarial tools and other risk assessment measures with sexual offenders. Presentation at a training conference for attorneys of the

                            Mental Hygiene Legal Service, 1st

                  ​                          Department,New York, NY.

 

Bard L. (2013)      The Science Behind SDP Cases: Actuarial Assessment and Diagnosis;;

                            How to Work with an Expert Witness.  Two presentations at a training

                            conference sponsored by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Worcester, MA.

 

Bard, L. (2012)     Panel discussant: Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Applied Best Practices and Current Controversies.  Training conference presented by the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MATSA), April 2012, Woburn, MA.

 

Bard L. (2011)      The Science Behind SDP Cases: Actuarial Assessment and Diagnosis;;

                            How to Work with an Expert Witness.  Two presentations at a training

                            conference sponsored by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Worcester, MA.

 

Bard, L. (2010)     Diagnosis and risk assessment issues in federal sex offender cases (article 4248).  Presentation at a training conference ponsored by the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Raleigh, NC.

 

Bard, L. (2009)      The Science Behind SDP Cases: Actuarial Assessment and Diagnosis;;

                            How to Work with an Expert Witness.  Two presentations at a training

                            conference sponsored by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston, MA.

 

Bard, L. (2009)     Article 10 Workshop: Issues related to

                            the diagnosis of sexual offenders.   Presentation at a training conference sponsored by the New York State Mental Hygiene Legal Service, White Plains, NY.

 

     Bard, L. (2007)     The Static-99, Actuarial Tools, and   

                                 Dynamic Factors Related to Sex 

                                 Offender Recidivism.  Presentation at

                                  a training conference Trying 

                                  Sexually Dangerous Persons Cases)

                                  sponsored by the Massachusetts

                                  Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

                                  Boston, MA.

 

     Bard, L.  (1999)     The New Sex Offender Registry

                                  Statute; Issues related to risk

                                  assessment and prediction of

                                  dangerousness.  Presentation at a t

                                  training conference sponsored by the

                                  Massachusetts Bar Association,

                                  Boston, MA.

 

Bard, L.  (1997)     Strategies for the Prediction of Sex

                             Offender Recidivism; A review of

                             current approaches to the issue of

                             determining risk in sexual offenders.

                             Presentation at the Sex Offender

                             Registry Conference sponsored by the

                             Committee for Public Counsel 

                             Services, Boston, MA.

 

Bard, L., Carter, D., Cerce, D., Knight, R., Rosenberg, R. & Schneider, B. (1987).  A descriptive study of rapists and child molesters.

                            Developmental, clinical and criminal

                            characteristics.  Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 5, 203-220.

 

Bard, L. & Knight, R. (1987). Sex offender subtyping and

                           the MCMI.  In C. Green (Ed.),

                          ​ Proceedings of the First Annual 

Conference on the Millon Clinical

Inventories, (pp. 133-137).  Minneapolis: National Computer Systems.

 

 

 

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