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Emily Gottfried PhD

Emily Diane Gottfried PhD

Director, CPSPD Student Education & Research

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  • Associate Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Sexual offender risk assessment
  • Physiological assessment of male (PPG) and female (VPP) sexual arousal
  • Improving the predictive validity of forensic-specific assessment instruments
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Emily Gottfried, Ph.D. is a clinical forensic psychologist in the MUSC Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division (CPSPD). In this capacity, Dr. Gottfried completes forensic evaluations for the courts, including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and fitness for duty/preemployment psychological evaluations. She serves as the Director of the MUSC Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Lab (SBCL) and conducts evaluations of sexual behavior.  She also provides expert testimony to the courts. As the Director of CPSPD Student Education and Research, she provides clinical and research supervision and mentoring to students. Dr. Gottfried is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of South Carolina and Georgia and is a National Register Health Service Psychologist.


Dr. Gottfried obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University in New York, NY. She then attended Florida State University, where she earned a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship within the forensic track at Patton State Hospital in Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Georgia Regents University in a partnership with East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. 


A copy of Dr. Gottfried's CV can be accessed through this link



Broadly, Dr. Gottfried’s research interests include sex offender risk  assessment, physiological assessment of male and female sexual arousal, the SVP Act, the accurate assessment of malingering/feigning during criminal forensic evaluations, suicide risk assessment, and female offenders. Please see the links (pubmed, research) for completed projects.   


Dr. Gottfried is currently conducting funded studies assessing female sexual arousal using photovaginal plethysmography (VPP) technology and behavioral outcomes/personality functioning of police officers. 


Select Publications:


Gottfried, E., Vitacco, M.J., Rogers, R., & Gay J.G. (In press). The

assessment of psychopathy and response styles in sex offenders. In

Saleh, F.M., Grudzinskas, A.J., Bradford, J.M., & Brodsky, D.J. (Eds.) Sex offenders: Identification, risk assessment, treatment, and legal Issues, Second Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Murphy, L., Smith, J., Gottfried, E., & Brodsky, D. (In press). Sex offender

registries and public notification in the United States and Canada. In Saleh, F.M., Grudzinskas, A.J., Bradford, J.M., & Brodsky, D.J. (Eds.) Sex offenders: Identification, risk assessment, treatment, and legal Issues, Second Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Parker, A., Mulay, A.M.,& Gottfried, E. (2020). The Personality

Assessment Inventory (PAI): Treatment Scales and Interpersonal Characteristics in a Sample of Men Charged with or convicted of a Sexual Offense. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 65(6), 2050-2057.


Gottfried, E., Shier, E.K., & Mulay, A.L. (2020). Child pornography and

online sexual solicitation. Current Psychiatry Reports, 22(10)DOI: 10.1007s11920-020-1132-y.


Murphy, L., Gottfried, E., DiMario, K., Perkins, D., & Fedoroff, J.P. (2020).

Use of penile plethysmography in the court: A review of practices in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 38(2), 79-99. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2453.


Vitacco, M., Green, D., Gottfried, E., & Griswold, H. (2020).

Psychopathy and Conditional Release. In Felthous, A. & Sass, H. (Eds.) The Wiley International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law, 2nd Edition. West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-119-15928-5.


Vitacco, M.J., Gottfried, E., Batastini, A., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2020).

ThLimited Relevance of Neuroimaging in Insanity Evaluations. Neuroethics, 13, 249-260. DOI: 10.1007/s12152- 019-09421-8.


Gottfried, E., Mulay, A, & Dwyer, R.G. (2020). Sexually Problematic

Behaviors. In Batastini, A.B. & Vitacco, M.J. (Eds.) Forensic Mental Health Evaluations in the Digital Age: A practitioner’s Guide to Using Internet-Based Data. (p. 113-142). Springer Nature Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-03033907-4.


Gottfried, E., Harrop, T., Anestis, J., Venables, N., Sellbom, M. (2019). An

examination of triarchic psychopathy constructs in female offenders. Journal of Personality Assessment, 101(5), 455-467DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2018.1502193.


Gottfried, E., Shier, E., & Dwyer, R.G. (2018). Diminished Capacity Rape

and Capacity to Consent to Sex. In Smith, M. (Ed). Encyclopedia of Rape. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.


Gottfried, E., Vitacco, M., & Steadham, J. (2017). The

Relationship between Feigned Psychiatric  Symptoms and Feigned Lack of Legal Knowledge among a Multi-Site Sample of Forensic Inpatients. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health,16(3), 197-206. DOI:10.1080/14999013.2017.1288667.


Anestis, J., Finn, J., Gottfried, E., Hames, J., Bodell, L., Hagan, C., Arnau,

R.,Anestis, M., Arbisi, P., Joiner,T. (2018). Burdensomeness, belongingness, & and acquired capability: Assessing the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide with MMPI-2-RF scales. Assessment, 25(4), 415-431. DOI: 10.1177/1073191116652227.


Glassmire, D., Tarescavage, A., & Gottfried, E. (2016). Likelihood of

obtaining Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS) and

SIRS-2 elevations among forensic psychiatric inpatients with screening elevations on the Miller Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test. Psychological  Assessment, 28(12), 1586-1596. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000289.