About Dr. Beattey & his work

About Dr. Beattey


Robert A. Beattey, JD, PhD, ABPP is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a focus on neuropsychological, civil, and criminal forensic assessment. He is board certified in forensic psychology. Dr. Beattey is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He previously served as Chief of Psychology at Fairfax Behavioral Health in the Pacific Northwest. Also an attorney, he teaches and conducts research unified by a focus on evidence-based decision making in clinical, legal, and public policy contexts.  Dr. Beattey is the Managing Member of The Beattey Group and Adult Services Director of Park Avenue Neuropsychology.  He previously served as a full-time member of the faculty at Arizona State University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as Legal Director for a non-profit policy organization, and as a local prosecutor.  Dr. Beattey is the author of a number of peer reviewed empirical studies that have been published in clinical and public policy journals, as well as a frequent contributor to edited volumes, professional conferences, and other professional works, including being co-editor of The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A casebook published by Oxford University Press.


Recent talks


Psychological Assessment Measures Easily Adaptable for use in Forensic Evaluations. Law and Mental Health Lecture Series, University of New Mexico Health Sciences, Albuquerque New Mexico.

Neuropsychology & Law. Foundations in Clinical Neuropsychology: A Lecture Series, New York, New York.

The Testifying Clinician. Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, Seattle, Washington.

The Psychopath & You. Washington State Department of Corrections, Lakewood, Washington.



Dr. Beattey's ethics book

Academic & Clinical


PhD: Clinical Psychology, John Jay College & CUNY Graduate Center

MPhil: Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center

MA: Forensic Psychology, John Jay College, CUNY

JD: The Ohio State University

BA: Columbia University

Internship: CA Department of State Hospitals, MSH Los Angeles, Department of Psychology

Post Doc: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Special Commitment Center, Forensic Services

Board Certification: American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Forensic Psychology, Diplomate in forensic psychology.

Practica training


Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Psychology Extern, Department of Psychiatry (2015-2016);

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Neuropsychology Extern, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (2014-2015);

Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine, Neuropsychology Extern, Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology (2013-2014)