Faculty & Training Committee Members

Niels C. Beck, Ph.D. (St. Louis University, 1977)

Dr. Beck is the Retired Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He also consults 8 hours per week at FSH on the Program Evaluation and Research Services team. Dr. Beck's research interests include rehabilitation of chronic mental patients, assessment and treatment of violent behavior in chronic mental patients, and pharmacological/psychosocial treatment interactions for persons with chronic mental disorders.

Brandy Baczwaski, Ph.D. (University of Mississippi, 2015)

Dr. Baczwaski is a psychologist and the Program Director of the Hearnes Forensic Center. Her professional interests include working with underserved individuals and implementing individualized behavioral techniques to assist in treatment. Pronouns: she/her

Jodi Blaszyk, Psy.D. Antioch University, 2010

After nearly twenty years in law enforcement, Dr. Blaszyk merged her background in criminal investigations with clinical-forensic training. Prior to coming to Fulton State Hospital (FSH), she worked largely in the high security setting at North Texas State Hospital (NTSH). There, she worked in program development, clinical supervision, and clinical-forensic evaluation. Most recently, she was the Psychological Services Director at NTSH. Her interests include, diagnostic and risk assessment, clinical interviewing, psychodynamic theory, and psycho-legal evaluation. Currently, Dr. Blaszyk is an annual evaluator for the Sexually Violent Predator population at FSH.

Jennie Brooks, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2017)

Dr. Brooks is a Certified Forensic Examiner that works with the Competency Restoration and Forensic Treatment program. She completes evaluations that are ordered by the court of individuals who have been charged with various crimes. Dr. Brooks completes competency to stand trial evaluations, responsibility (NGRI) evaluations, and other various evaluations. Dr. Brooks has interest within the topic of psychologists gaining prescription privileges. Lastly, Dr. Brooks provides supervision to various interns including pre-doctoral interns. 
Pronouns: She/Her

Kirsten Hunter, Ph.D. (Fielding Graduate University, 2018)

Dr. Hunter is an Annual Risk Evaluator for the Sexually Violent Predator population at FSH. Prior to becoming a psychologist, she served as an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician and worked in law enforcement and public education. Her professional interests include risk/threat assessment, behavioral profiling, psychopathy, violence and aggression, deception and malingering, moral injury, and personality disorders. She also has a life-long interest in the application of psychology to national security, investigative, and legal settings.

Jeffrey S. Kline, Ph.D. (Indiana State University - Terre Haute Indiana, 1996)

Dr. Kline is a Certified Forensic Examiner and the Forensic Coordinator at Fulton State Hospital. He performs court ordered evaluations of criminal defendants, coordinates the outpatient and inpatient evaluations, and acts as the administrative chair and is a voting member of the Forensic Review Committee. He also serves as a Psychology Supervisor. His interests include the forensic evaluation of competence, responsibility, diminished capacity, and risk assessment; assessment in acute care settings; deception and malingering in forensic and clinical contexts; and assessment of psychopathology. Pronouns: He/Him

Lee Ann McVay, Psy.D. (Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, 2008)

Dr. McVay is a psychologist and the Program Director for the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services Program. Her clinical and research interests include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, assessment and treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with co-existing mental illness, individuals with personality disorders, sex offender treatment, and sex offender risk assessments.  Dr. McVay is qualified to be a Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale trainer and instructs other clinicians on this evaluation method.
Pronouns: She/Her

Anthony A. Menditto, Ph.D. (University of Houston, 1988)

Dr. Menditto is the Director of Treatment Services for Fulton State Hospital. He has also offered his clinical services and supervisory skills to Fulton State Hospital for over 20 years. Dr. Menditto serves on many hospital committees including, Treatment Council, Facility Executive Team, Treatment, Organization, and Development, Strategic Planning, Transformation Work Group, and Treatment-Rehab Task force. His clinical and research interests center on development, implementation, and evaluation of psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation services for individuals with severe and persistent mental disorders.

Alicia Pardee, Ph.D. (University of Houston, 2014)

Dr. Pardee is a licensed psychologist and clinical expert on the Social Learning Program in the Nixon Forensic Center. Her clinical and research interests include development, implementation, and evaluation of empirically supported psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation services for individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders as well as predictors of violence in inpatient treatment settings.

Jessica Peterson, Ph.D. (Seattle Pacific University, 2015)

Dr. Peterson is a Psychologist on the Social Learning Program in Biggs Forensic Center. Her clinical and research interests include implementing and providing psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and protective factors of staff that reduce the likelihood of assault in an inpatient setting.

 

Presley Morgan, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020)

Dr. Morgan is a psychologist on the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services Program. She provides individual therapy, case management, and group therapy. Her professional interests include sex offender treatment, diagnostic and risk assessment, and forensic evaluation.

Rebekah Purvis, Psy.D. (Wright State University School of Prof. Psychology, 2018)

Dr. Purvis is a psychologist within the Social Learning Program (SLP). Her clinical interests include: personality assessment, treatment for underserved populations, and treatment for individuals with complex trauma.

Alexis Reddig, Ph.D. (University of Central Arkansas, 2018)

Dr. Reddig is a psychologist in the New Outlook Program, where she works with individuals with mood dysregulation, trauma, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The New Outlook Program is based on Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Reddig provides individual therapy, case management, and group therapy. Her professional interests include modalities of treatment within the DBT framework, as well as Expressive Art Therapy, which utilizes art and sensory experiences to target thoughts, feelings, experiences and trauma.

Sharon B. Robbins, Ph.D. (Louisiana Tech University, 2005)

Dr. Robbins is Fulton State Hospital's Psychology Director. She achieved certification in 2016 as a DBT therapist: DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. Dr. Robbins has made numerous conference presentations regarding the treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also have a co-existing mental illness. Presentations at national conferences include the APA’s conferences in Boston and San Diego, the NADD, NASMHPD, and the International Congress on Law and Mental Health. Dr. Robbins has consulted in Connecticut, Virginia, Iowa, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Guam. Research interests include DBT with people who have developmental disabilities, validation and coaching adherence measures for direct care staff, people with developmental disabilities and sex offending, and program outcome measures.

Jessica Sergio, Ph.D. (University of North Texas, 2010)

Dr. Sergio is a psychologist and the Program Director for the New Outlook Program for Behavior and Mood Self-Management in the Nixon Forensic Center. She also serves as the Training Director for Fulton State Hospital’s Psychology Doctoral Internship Program. Her primary professional interests include providing quality treatment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a co-existing mental illness, individuals with personality disorders, and treatment for sex offenders.