Degrees/Diplomas: BA, Psychology & International Studies, Northwestern University; MA and PhD, Clinical Psychology, Fordham University
Research Interests: Competency to stand trial evaluations (e.g., correlating demographic variables, quality of reports); Effect of group membership (e.g., culture, intellectual ability) on validity in forensic assessment; Cultural validity of psychiatric disorders.
Rebecca Weiss is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Assessment at John Jay College and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. Before joining the faculty at John Jay, she completed her clinical training at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. She received her BA in Psychology and International Studies from Northwestern University.
At the doctoral level she teaches Cognitive Assessment and Personality Assessment. At the undergraduate level she teaches a range of classes including Psychology & Law, Learning & Memory and Abnormal Psychology. She includes students of all levels in her lab, and is also a mentor in the Ronald E. McNair Program and the John Jay Honors Program. In 2016, she received McNair’s Kwando Kinshasa Excellence in Mentoring Award. Her current research projects include evaluating the effect of culture and language on measures of feigning in bilingual and monolingual Spanish-speaking samples. She is also collaborating with Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center (a secure adult forensic facility) in an examination of competency to stand trial evaluations. Under her mentorship, her students are conducting several studies on a variety of topics including the cultural specificity of PTSD in an African sample, the effect of instruction types on simulation designs, the effect of demographic characteristics on competency to stand trial referrals, and the impact of culturally based gender identity on the development of depression. In addition to her research interests, she conducts asylum evaluations for the Physicians for Human Rights.