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Abby Mulay PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Dr. Mulay is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She first earned a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and worked as a professional singer for several years in New York City. Dr. Mulay then obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). She completed her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology (forensic track) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine/Federal Correctional Complex (Butner, NC). After internship, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical forensic psychology at MUSC. In her current role at MUSC, Dr. Mulay conducts forensic evaluations (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, pre-employment/fitness for duty, psychological autopsy) and supervises trainees in their forensic work. She also maintains a small outpatient psychotherapy practice, where she specializes in the treatment of personality and interpersonal dysfunction. She uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy, drawing upon the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as the relational psychodynamic tradition. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Mulay has several research projects underway examining issues related to forensic evaluation. She also studies the clinical utility of the Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD). Dr. Mulay was a co-editor of a book that outlines the use and research support of the AMPD, entitled, The DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders: Integrating Multiple Paradigms of Personality Assessment. She is currently serving as a Representative-At-Large for the Society of Personality Assessment (SPA) Board of Trustees, and she is the recent recipient of the SPA John E. Exner Scholar Award. She is also an active member of the American Psychology-Law Society, and she is a reviewer for several personality and criminal justice journals. In her spare time, Dr. Mulay is a volunteer Exhibit Educator at the South Carolina Aquarium.