May 14, 2024 @ 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

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Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01932

  • James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Support Unit, Cambridge Police and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D., CTM, DLFAPA, Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, DC Department of Behavioral Health, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Howard University College of Medicine
  • Ashley Murray, Ph.D., Designated Forensic Psychologist, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
  • Danielle Rynczak, JD, PsyD, ABPP (Forensic),Forensic Mental Health Supervisor; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School; Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Psychology Training Program; Director, Legal Education and Training, Psychiatry and Law

This conference focuses on how violence risk assessment has evolved and examines the current tools that educators can use to identify students at risk. This presentation will address race, ethnicity, culture, and other intersecting identity variables as well as the relevance of context with violence risk assessment and management. Presenters will examine the use of data to evaluate risk factors associated with youth violence risk and how educators can use this data to inform violence risk formulation and management practices and strategies. Attendees will learn how to identify variables and discuss the relevance of those variables on both violence risk and management.

About the Speakers
James Barrett, Ph.D.

James Barrett, Ph.D., is the Director of School-Based Programs in the Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the site director of the Safety Net psychology fellowship program and clinical coordinator of the Safety Net Collaborative in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department. Dr. Barrett has presented at numerous national conferences on juvenile justice, preventing retaliatory violence, juvenile risk assessment, and police-mental health partnerships. He is a contributor to Psychological Services, Adolescent Psychiatry, The Community Psychologist, and The Handbook of Human Development for Health Professionals.

Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D., is Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC, Director Emeritus of the Law & Psychiatry Service (LPS) of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Chair of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Governmental Affairs Committee. Dr. Schouten previously served as Director of the MGH/Harvard Medical School Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schouten is currently a member of the MassBay Threat Assessment Team based at the Boston FBI Field Office and is past president of the New England Chapter of ATAP.

Dr. Schouten is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry, a Past President of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry, licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, California, New York, and the District of Columbia, and is a Member of the Bar of the State of Illinois. In 2016, he was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  

He is the co-author of “Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy” published by Hazelden/Harvard Health Publications in 2012.  He is the editor of “Mental Health Practice and the Law” published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. He serves on the Advisory Boards of “Parents for Peace” ( and “Psychopathy Is.” (

Ashley Murray, Ph.D.,  obtained her doctorate degree in clinical forensic psychology at Simon Fraser University, where her research and clinical work focused on violence risk assessment and psychopathic personality disorder. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at UMass Chan Medical School. She currently works as a designated forensic evaluator for the state of Massachusetts, and is the Director of the UMass Chan Forensic Psychology Fellowship, where she also serves as a Forensic Mental Health Supervisor. She is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School, and has conducted many trainings across the state for the trial courts, DMH, DYS, and UMass Chan Medical School, on topics of violence risk assessment, psychopathic personality disorder assessment, competency to stand trial, ethical practice, and the intersection of mental illness and the criminal justice system.

Danielle Rynczak, JD, PsyD, ABPP, is an attorney, a clinical and board-certified forensic psychologist licensed in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maine, and both a designated forensic examiner and forensic mental health supervisor in the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Rynczak is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School where she serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for the Psychology Training Program and as the Director of Legal Education and Training for the Law and Psychiatry Program. She conducts evaluations of youth and adults involved in criminal proceedings, serves as a violence risk consultant to state psychiatric hospitals, provides expert witness testimony, and supervises postdoctoral trainees and new professionals with a focus on race, ethnicity, and cultural considerations in the psycho-legal system. She is the recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award by APA Division 18, Criminal Justice Section, and she serves in several leadership positions, including Chair of the Forensic Psychology Board, Chair of the Teaching, Training, and Career Committee for the American Psychology-Law Society, and as a Commissioner, representing Specialized Practice, on the APA Commission on Accreditation. She has co-authored articles and book chapters, and has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Dr. Rynczak also holds teaching appointments at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is a second generation American who was reared in a bicultural home.

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PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must pass the quiz. The PDP quiz will be made available only to participants who have registered for and attended both conferences.

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Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm