Fielding Graduate University

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37th Annual Forensic Psychology Symposium

Hosted by the American College of Forensic Psychology
in collaboration with Fielding Graduate University.

Fielding Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Fielding maintains responsibility for this pro-gram and its content. This program will offer a maximum of 22 hours of Continuing Education credits.

The American College of Forensic Psychology certifies that this activity is pending approval for 22 hours of MCLE from the State Bar of California.

Brian R. Abbott, PhD

Brian R. Abbott, Ph.D.

Brian R. Abbott, PhD


Brian R. Abbott, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. He is licensed by the States of California and Washington as a clinical psychologist and as a clinical social worker in California. He is a licensed sexual offender evaluator in Illinois. For the past forty years, Dr. Abbott has worked as a clinician, forensic evaluator, author, researcher, and trainer in the area child sexual abuse, as well as in other forms of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Abbott has performed more than 2,000 forensic evaluations for criminal, civil, dependency, delinquency, and family courts in a wide variety of areas related to sexual abuse victims and perpetrators. Dr. Abbott has practiced in the area of sexually violent predators for the past seventeen years. Dr. Abbott has qualified as an expert witness in areas of sexually violent predators in nine states. Subjects of his SVP testimony have included the results of his psychological evaluations of respondents, science-only rebuttal testimony related to diagnosis and risk assessment and writing declarations for or testifying in hearings for habeas petitions and admissibility of evidence, including Daubert and Frye. He has also published peer-reviewed articles related to risk assessment in area sexually violent predators.


Shining light on the dark figure of sexual recidivism