Joel A. Dvoskin

Joel A. Dvoskin


For more than a decade, Joel Dvoskin managed the forensic and correctional mental health systems for the State of New York, and later served as New York’s Acting Commissioner of Mental Health. He is the former Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Behavioral Health for the State of Nevada. He is former President of two Divisions of the American Psychological Association (18 and 41) and served on the APA Policy Task Force on Reducing Gun Violence, and on the APA Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethical Processes.

He has provided consultation and expert testimony to forensic mental health, law enforcement, and correctional systems in more than 40 states, and has provided consultation to a wide array of organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the NBA Players Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and numerous corporations, organizations, and government agencies across the US and Canada.

He previously taught at the University of Arizona Law School, and currently teaches at the U. of A. Medical School.

He served as federal court monitor over correctional and mental health facilities and systems in Washington, New Mexico, Michigan, and Colorado and frequently serves as an expert for the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice and various Protection and Advocacy Systems across the US.

Dr. Dvoskin helped the New Orleans Police Department create an innovative program to prevent police misconduct called EPIC (Ethical Policing is Courageous). Currently, Dr. Dvoskin serves as Senior Psychologist for Project ABLE (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement), part of the Center for Innovations in Community Safety at the Georgetown Law Center.

Dr. Dvoskin has served as design consultant for numerous psychiatric hospital, prison, and jail architectural projects, including St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC, Fulton (MO) State Hospital, and the Hawaii State Hospital.

In 2020, Dr. Dvoskin was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and received similar awards from the Arizona Psychological Association for distinguished contributions to the science (2001) and practice (2010) of psychology.

Joel is one of three co-founders of Heroes Active Bystandership Training, LLC.