Park Dietz & Associates is pleased to announce that Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP, has joined the firm. Dr. Pietz has testified and/or consulted in nearly all 50 states, has qualified as an expert witness in federal, state, military, and juvenile courts, and has conducted competency, insanity, death penalty, fitness for duty, disability, child custody, and parenting capacity evaluations. She has conducted numerous risk assessments. A few of the notable cases on which she has worked are Jared Loughner (attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and mass murder), Auburn Calloway (Federal Express pilot who assaulted flight crew members in an attempt to hijack the plane), and William Merriweather (case is ongoing; charged with three counts of murder while robbing a bank).
Dr. Pietz is the past President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and continues to serve on that board. She is a faculty member for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. She is a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the BOT’s representative to the ethics committee for the American Psychological Association. She is board certified in forensic psychology.
Dr. Pietz is the Director of Forensic Training at The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and an adjunct faculty member at Drury University. She was Director of Clinical Training for the United States Medical Center’s APA approved internship for ten years and was instrumental in developing that program into a nationally recognized internship.
Dr. Pietz is an editor of the recently published Violent Offenders: Understanding and Assessment (Oxford University Press). She is author of a number of papers, is an ad hoc reviewer for the Criminal Justice and Behavior Journal, and has reviewed book proposals for Oxford University Press.
Throughout her career, Dr. Pietz has conducted training on testifying in court, DSM-5, and other forensic topics. She has also taught the law enforcement community (i.e., sheriff’s department, police department, and county jail) about such topics as recognizing mental illness, substance abuse, and prevention of suicide in law enforcement.
Dr. Pietz received her Bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, a Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and a Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, following which she served as a Forensic Psychologist at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, in which capacity she has worked for 24 years. She has worked in private practice for over 25 years.