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Sheresa Christopher Ph.D.

Sheresa Christine Christopher Ph.D.

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Rank
  • Assistant Professor
College
  • College of Medicine
Department
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Legally-involved youth
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Forensic Psychology
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Biography

Sheresa Christopher, Ph.D. is currently a faculty member in the Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Christopher attended Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU) where she earned a Forensic Psychology Emphasis Certificate and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Christopher completed her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/ Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (Forensic Track). She then completed a Postdoctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at East Central Regional Hospital/ Georgia Regents University where she conducted forensic evaluations for the courts.

Dr. Christopher has worked with adults and adolescents through various levels of care including outpatient, residential, intensive residential, acute psychiatric stabilization, and long-term hospitalization in state psychiatric hospitals. Clinically, she is particularly interested in providing evidenced-based psychotherapy to legally involved youth experiencing a range of psychopathology, including the psychological effects of trauma. Dr. Christopher conducts forensic evaluations for the courts (e.g. competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, adoption, parental fitness, and child custody) and provides psychological assessment services (e.g. intelligence, achievement, forensic, diagnostic, and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning). Dr. Christopher is the Director for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology and provides supervision to fellows in the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Furthermore, she currently serves as the director of the Youth and Family Forensic Program (YFFP).