Robert Beattey

Robert Beattey

Robert Beattey
Enhanced Chancellor's Fellow & Adjunct Lecturer
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  • 2017 (expected) Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, John Jay College & The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, New York
  • 2014    Master of Arts, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York, New York
  • 2003   Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2000   Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Columbia University, New York, New York


Since 2012, Robert has been an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow studying, teaching, and researching clinical and forensic psychology and neuropsychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

Robert’s current research projects include studies on: the long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect; the psychometric properties of anomia measures; the neurological sequela of abuse and neglect; sex offender policy; evidence-based legal decision-making; and public health policy.   

Robert is a former prosecutor and civil litigator. As an attorney, he litigated hundreds of criminal and civil cases in both the public and private sector.  He first-chaired jury trials and litigated cases before federal and state administrative agencies, trial courts, and appellate courts in several states.  

Robert has actively advised local and state policymakers on land use, homelessness, prostitution, public health, environmental, and public nuisance abatement issues. His prior positions include serving as lead litigator in a private law firm; Legal Director for a non-profit policy organization; Senior Attorney in the Zone, Environmental, & Nuisance unit of the Columbus City Attorney's Office; as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney; and as an Associate at McTigue Law Group where he advised presidential, statewide, local, and ballot issue campaign committees. 

Robert has served on the Board of Directors of Camp Ten Trees, Inc.; as chair of the QLaw Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee; and is the former Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Board of the Just Society Law and Education Center, Inc. He holds a BA from Columbia University, a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law, and an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  Robert is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the New York Neuropsychology Group, the New York Academy of Sciences, and a former member of the Ohio and Washington State Bar Associations.

Scholarly Work

Pirelli, G., Beattey, R. A., Zapf, P. A. (in press).  The ethical practice of forensic psychology: A casebook. New York: Oxford University Press.


Beattey, R. A. (in press).  “Neuron” and “Durham Rule.”  In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.


Beattey, R. A., Cornwell, M., Murphy, H., Stein, V., Braun, T., Goldstein, M. A., Bender, H. A. (2016). Caution warranted in extrapolating from Boston Naming Test item order construct. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult.


Calkins, C., Jeglic, E., Beattey, R. A., Zeidman, S., Perillo, A. D. (2014). Sexual violence legislation: A review of caselaw and empirical research. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 20  (4), 443-462.


Beattey, R. A., Matsuura, T., & Jeglic, E. (2014). Judicial bond setting behavior: The perceived nature of the crime may matter more than how serious it is. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 20 (4), 411-420.

Beattey, R. A. (2016).  “Harvey Milk” and “Jared Loughner.”  In S. Chermak & F. Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the centuries: An encyclopedia of notorious crimes, criminals, and criminal trials in American history.  Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Beattey, R. A. (2008). The great bathhouse bugaboo. Michigan State University Journal of Medicine & Law, 12 (2), 129-145.

Research Summary

My research is diverse in design and domain, but it is unified by the overarching goal of designing, constructing, and implementing ecologically feasible evidence-based decision-making tools and procedures in clinical, legal, and public policy contexts.  Current research projects include a study of the long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect; the psychometric properties of anomia measures; the neurological sequela of abuse and neglect; sex offender policy; legal decision-making; and public health policy.

Area of Expertise

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Psychology & law; sex offenders; legal and psychological professional ethics; legal decision making; forensic assessment; neuropsychology; biological bases of behavior.

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