Keith R. Cruise

2019 NJJA Keynote Speaker

Keith Cruise is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham School of Law.He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Legal Studies degree from the University of Nebraska.Dr. Cruise conducts research on the clinical-forensic assessment of youth within the juvenile justice system.Various research projects have focused on developing and validating specialized risk/needs assessment protocols, investigating the utility of mental health screening instruments with justice-involved adolescents, and understanding the connection between trauma exposure, trauma reactions, and delinquent behavior.

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Dr. Cruise’s clinical-forensic practice has involved providing direct care assessment and treatment services with justice-involved adolescents conducting post-disposition assessments of risk and treatment amenability, providing expert testimony to juvenile courts, and providing technical assistance and consultation to local and state juvenile justice systems in implementing trauma-informed screening and assessment practices. Dr. Cruise is a co-principal investigator on a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention investigating the impact of trauma screening on service delivery and legal outcomes for justice-involved youth and is a co-director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice (CTRJJ), a technical assistance center that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).