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Emily Gottfried PhD

Emily Diane Gottfried PhD

Director, Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Lab

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  • Assistant 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. 



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 a funded study assessing female sexual arousal using photovaginal plethysmography (VPP) technology. 


Select Publications:

Vitacco, M.J., Gottfried, E., Batastini, A., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (In press). The Limited Relevance of Neuroimaging in Insanity Evaluations. Neuroethics.  


Gottfried, E., Harrop, T., Anestis, J., Venables, N., Sellbom, M. (In press). An examination            of triarchic psychopathy constructs in female offenders. Journal of Personality Assessment. DOI: 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.


Vitacco, M., Gottfried, E., & Batastini, A. (2018). Using technology to improve the validity and reliability of criminal responsibility evaluations: Ethical concerns and clinical guidelines. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 71-77.


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.


Gottfried, E., Anestis, J., Dillon, K., & Carbonell, J. (In press; published online: 11/4/2016).          The Associations between the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2- Restructured Form and Self-Reported Physical and Sexual Abuse and Posttraumatic Symptoms in a sample of  Incarcerated Women. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2016.1228088.


Anestis, J., Finn, J., Gottfried, E., Hames, J., Bodell, L., Hagan, C., Arnau, R., Anestis, M.,Arbisi, P., & Joiner, T.  (In press; OnlineFirst: 6/1/2016). Burdensomeness, belongingness, and acquired capability: Assessing the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide with MMPI-2-RF scales.       Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/1073191116652227.


Gottfried, E., Schenk, A., & Vitacco, M. (2016). Retrospectively assessing for feigning in criminal responsibility evaluations: Recommendations for clinical practice. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 16(2), 118-128. DOI: 10.1080/15228932.2016.1154713.


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.


Gottfried, E., Hudson, B.L., Vitacco, M., & Carbonell, J.  (In press; OnlineFirst:      9/30/2015). Improving the detection of feigned knowledge deficits in defendants          adjudicated incompetent to proceed. Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/1073191115605631.   


Gottfried, E. & Glassmire, D.  (2016). The relationship between psychiatric and cognitive symptom feigning among forensic inpatients adjudicated incompetent to stand trial. Assessment, 23(6), 672-682.  DOI: 10.1177/1073191115599640.


Anestis, J., Finn, J., Gottfried, E., Arbisi, P., & Joiner, T.  (2015). Reading the road signs: The utility of the MMPI-2 Restructured Form validity scales in prediction of premature termination. Assessment, 22(3), 270-288. DOI: 10.1177/1073191114541672.


Anestis, J., Gottfried, E., & Joiner, T.  (2015). The utility of the MMPI-2-RF in prediction of negative treatment outcomes in an outpatient community mental health center.  Assessment, 22(1), 23-35. DOI: 10.1177/1073191114536771.

Gottfried, E., Bodell, L., Carbonell, J., & Joiner, T. (2014). The clinical utility of the MMPI-2- RF Suicidal/Death Ideation scale. Psychological Assessment, 26(4), 1205- 1211DOI:          10.1037/pas0000017


Gottfried, E. & Carbonell, J.  (2014). The role of intelligence on performance on the Inventory of  Legal Knowledge (ILK).  The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 25(4), 380-396.  DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2014.920900