Patricia A. Zapf obtained her PhD in Clinical Forensic psychology from Simon Fraser University and currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. She is the Editor of the American Psychology-Law Society book series; Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior; and is on the Editorial Boards of 5 leading journals in psychology and law.
Dr. Zapf is on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and has served as President for the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; Division 41, APA). She was appointed Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society in 2006 for outstanding contributions to the field of law and psychology for her work in competency evaluation and forensic assessment. She has published 10 books and manuals and more than 100 peer reviewed articles and chapters on forensic psychology, forensic evaluation and related research. She is the author of Forensic Psychology & Law, Forensic Psychology and the Canadian Legal System, and Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial; editor of Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers; and editor-in-chief of the APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Her handbook for lawyers was awarded the American Psychology-Law Society’s Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in psychology and law.
In addition to her research, Dr. Zapf serves as the Director of Education and Training for CONCEPT Professional Training, as a consultant to various criminal justice and policy organizations, and maintains a private practice in forensic evaluation. She has conducted over 2500 forensic evaluations, serves as an expert witness in criminal, civil, and military cases, and trains mental health and legal professionals throughout the United States and internationally on best practices in forensic evaluation.