Faculty & Staff


Scott Bender, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Scott Bender, Ph.D., is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist (ABPP-CN) and is Associate Professor of both Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Science and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He teaches postdoctoral fellows and conducts evaluations for the Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory, and provides instruction on forensic neuropsychological assessment in criminal and civil settings, dissimulation, and assessment of civil competencies.

Richard Bonnie, Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy

Richard Bonnie, L.L.B., has served as Institute Director since 1979, and is Harrison Foundation Professor of Law and Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, and Professor of Public Policy. Prof. Bonnie is an expert in the fields of criminal law and procedure, mental health and drug law, public health law, and bioethics.

Beth Caillouet Arredondo, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

Beth Caillouet Arredondo Ph.D., ABPP, directs the Neuropsychology Laboratory at Western State Hospital which is part of the WSH/University of Virginia School of Medicine Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship. Dr Caillouet also conducts forensic and neuropsychological evaluations through the ILPPP’s Forensic Psychiatry Clinic and in private practice. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Bruce Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Bruce Cohen, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia. He is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He directs the Forensic Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

John Monahan, Professor of Law

John Monahan, Ph.D., is a psychologist who joined the University of Virginia Law School faculty in 1980. He now holds the John S. Shannon Distinguished Professorship in Law. He is an expert in the fields of social science in law, forensic psychiatry, mental health, mental disorders, violence, competence, mental hospitals, criminology, and law and psychiatry.

Daniel Murrie, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Daniel Murrie, Ph.D., serves as Institute Director of Psychology. He oversees the ILPPP’s training programs in forensic evaluation and the postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology. As a clinician, he performs forensic evaluations in criminal and civil cases through the ILPPP’s Forensic Psychiatry Clinic. As a scholar, his research and teaching address a variety of topics in forensic assessment and in juvenile justice.

Eileen Ryan, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Eileen Ryan, D.O., is a psychiatrist board-certified in General, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry. She provides lectures for the Institute's training programs and conducts psychiatric evaluations for the Forensic Psychiatry Clinic. Her areas of expertise are violence and risk assessment, criminal responsibility, civil and criminal competence, independent medical evaluation, malpractice and child custody and visitation.

Janet I. Warren, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Janet I. Warren, DSW, is a Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. She is the University of Virginia's liaison to the Behavioral Sciences Unit of the FBI, an associate at Park Dietz and Associates, and a practicing psychoanalyst in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heather Zelle, Clinical Psychologist; Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Public Health Sciences

Heather Zelle, J.D., Ph.D., is licensed as an attorney in Pennsylvania and as a clinical psychologist in Virginia. Her clinical work includes conducting forensic assessments examining psycholegal issues such as competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and capacity to waive Miranda rights. Her research and policy interests include capacity to waive Miranda rights, guilty pleas, and advance health care directives with instructions for mental health care.

Associate Faculty

Jeffrey Aaron , Clinical Psychologist

Jeffrey Aaron, Ph.D. is a forensic and clinical psychologist, and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences of the School of Medicine and in the Curry School of Education, UVA. Dr Aaron is Director of the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents; he lectures with ILPPP training programs, and has a private forensic practice. His forensic specialization includes evaluation of confessions, mitigation, posttraumatic stress and juvenile justice.

Dewey Cornell, Professor, Curry School of Education

Dewey Cornell, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He is a forensic clinical psychologist with interests in youth violence and school safety. He teaches graduate courses in personality assessment, forensic psychology, and related topics, and directs the Virginia Youth Violence Project.

J. Anderson Thomson, Psychiatrist, Student Health Services

Andy Thomson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is also a staff psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia Student Health Services.


Lynn Daidone Boyter, Institute Administrator

Lynn Boyter serves as Institute Administrator, and is responsible for fiscal management, budget planning/development, pre and post-award research grant development and management, Institute staffing and facility management.

Edward Strickler, Institute Programs Coordinator, and Managing Editor, Developments in Mental Health Law

Edward Strickler, Jr., MA, MA, MPH, CHES, has served for more than 15 years as Programs Coordinator involved in every aspect of Institute-sponsored training programs, symposiums, and conferences; as Managing Editor of Developments in Mental Health Law; and in other support of the mission of the Institute. His service has helped to sustain and expand the translational enterprise of the Institute into its fourth decade as a national flagship in forensic mental health.