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

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

Janet I. Warren, DSW, retired from the Institute as Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences (PNBS) at the University of Virginia. 

In her position at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, Professor Warren provided training to psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers on conducting forensic evaluations for the courts with a focus on assessing the risk for violent behavior, the examination of individuals charged with sexual crimes, and the adjudicative competency of youth in juvenile court.

She was the University of Virginia liaison to the FBI Behavioral Sciences (BSU) Unit and has worked with the BSU in developing paradigms relevant to the criminal investigative analyses of sexual offenders including distinctions between impulsive versus ritualistic sex offenders, and the elements of modus operandi, ritual, and signature displayed in an offender’s crime scene behavior. She has also collaborated with the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in conducting research on the crime scene analysis of serial rape, sexually sadistic murder, and the criminal histories of individuals convicted of sexual crimes against children.

Professor Warren served on Virginia state crime commissions that examined policy pertaining to the satanic sexual abuse of children (1991), the registration of sex offenders (1993), and the commitment of sexually violent predators (1994).  In 1998, she sat on the taskforce convened by the Virginia Commission on Youth that crafted the juvenile competency legislation enacted in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1999. 

Professor Warren has published in peer reviewed journals on topics including forensic evaluation and opinion formation concerning competency and insanity for the courts, serial rape, child abduction and murder, crime scene analysis of sexually sadistic crimes, consensual and coerced sex in prisons, risk factors for violence, personality disorders and the relationship to violent behavior, psychopathy in both men and women, the prison adjustment of  female inmates, the collecting or recording behavior of sexually sadistic offenders, the use of third party information in conducting evaluations for the courts, and juvenile adjudicative competency and restoration outcomes. Many of these publications have derived from research funding that she has been awarded by the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Virginia Department of Corrections.

In 2007, Dr. Warren began the development of a juvenile attainment model program with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services with funding provided to UVA by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice.  In 2012, the program was licensed to the University of Virginia and is currently seeking to attain status as an evidence-based juvenile justice program. The manual-based training, interactive learning tools, and case management software can be previewed at www.juvenilecompetency.virginia.edu. Research on the outcomes of the program is posted on the website along with a reference bibliography of legal, research, policy, and clinical articles pertaining to adjudicative competency in juvenile court and the remediation and diversion of youth determined to be incompetent to stand trial.   

In 2013, Professor Warren published a book, Risk Markers for Sexual Violence and Victimization in Prison, with co-author, Shelly Jackson, PhD. In the book, Drs. Warren and Jackson examined the various types of consensual, bartered and coerced sex that is occurring in both male and female prisons and the interactions between these various forms of sexual activity and other types of institutional violence. It also examines the relationship of personality disorders, psychopathy and the HCR: 20 in predicting the more coerced forms of sexual behavior. This research was funded by the National Institute of Justice in response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) passed by the federal government in 2003. 

In 2010, Professor Warren, began a review of 920 Boy Scouts Ineligible Volunteer (IV) “P” files which chronicled instances of sexual abuse of youth by Scouting-involved youth dated 1965 through 1985.  In 2013, she began a further review of 4,254 of these files dating from 1990 through 2010. This project was conducted using a custom application and wireless data entry system that collected data on 602 variables for each IV and their alleged victims. Data was automatically uploaded to high security servers at the University of Virginia. In 2016, the project was extended for a second time to include IV files dated 1985 through 1989 and from 2010 through 2015 to ensure continuity to the data available to the BSA.

In 2016, Professor Warren was awarded funding by the National Institute of Justice along with co-PIs Special Supervisory Agent Terry D. Patterson, PhD, BAU1, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Gregory B. Saathoff, MD, Director, Critical Incident Analysis Group, UVA; and Donald E. Brown, PhD, Director, Data Science Institute, UVA, to conduct research concerning The Creation of Muhajirat in America: Social Media as a Platform for Crafting Gender-Specific Interventions for the Domestic Radicalization of Women.  The project will be conducted over a two-year period commencing on January 1 2017.

Professor Warren has a BSW and a MSW from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a clinical social worker licensed by the Virginia Board of Social Work (1988), a Sex Offender Treatment Provider licensed by the Virginia Board of Psychology (1994), and an adult psychoanalyst accredited by the Contemporary Freudian Society, New York and Washington, DC (2001).

Professor Warren can be reached at jiw@virginia.edu 

Professor Warren conducts her forensic consultation and work as an expert witness through Park Dietz and Associates (PD &A) in Newport Beach, California. She is retained by contacting  http://www.parkdietzassociates.com/our-expertise/our-experts/