Dr. Fox is a licensed psychologist and attorney with 28 years' experience in the field of forensic risk assessment and court-mandated treatment for sexual and violent offenders. This includes outpatient treatment and evaluation of juvenile and adult male sex offenders on community supervision at the county, state, and federal levels. It also includes conducting Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) and Mentally Disordered Offender evaluations as a contractor with the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH), Sexually Dangerous Individual evaluations for North Dakota, SVP evaluations for Washington, and Sexually Dangerous Person (SDP) evaluations for Minnesota. Dr. Fox is a DSH employee as a SVP-Evaluator and serves as a Quality Assurance and Training Specialist for the Forensic Services Division. He regularly testifies as an expert witness in civil commitment trials.
In 2001, Dr. Fox joined the faculty at the University of Phoenix in San Diego. He taught graduate-level courses for 17 years and served on the governance board for the College of Social Sciences for 15 years.
Dr. Fox regularly provides live webinars for the Global Institute of Forensic Research on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Static-99R. He is one of only 42 individuals worldwide certified as trainers by the developers of the instrument.
Forensic psychology is the interaction of the practice of psychology and the law. Psychologists working in this area of applied work often interface with prisons, law enforcement, attorneys, and the courts.
Dr. Fox began working in a forensic setting in 1990 when he completed a practicum for STEPS, an adolescent sex offender treatment program in which most of the participants were court ordered into treatment.
Dr. Fox completed a dissertation in 1994 for completion of his Ph.D. He conducted research on adolescent sexual offenders who were incarcerated or court ordered into treatment.
In 1996, Dr. Fox became licensed as a psychologist in California and opened a private practice with a specialization in forensics. He regularly conducts evaluations related to such issues as psychological hardship, immigration, civil matters, criminal matters, military law, and risk assessment, among others.
In 2002, Dr. Fox took on the role as the director of a sexual offender treatment program where he evaluated and treated high risk sex offenders on California State Parole.
In 2007, Dr. Fox began conducting SVP Evaluations for the California DSH. To date he has completed over 900 clinical screenings and 500 face-to-face evaluations, he has testified as an expert witness in 11 counties, and he regularly conducts trainings regarding the assessment process. In 2016 Dr. Fox became licensed as a psychologist in North Dakota and began conducting Sexually Dangerous Individual Evaluations for North Dakota State Hospital. In 2017 he became licensed in Minnesota and Washington where he conducts Sexually Dangerous Individual and Sexually Violent Predator evaluations.
Dr. Fox joined the faculty of the University of Phoenix at the San Diego campus in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he joined the governance team for the College of Social Sciences and began to chair the practicum program for marriage and family therapist students. The University approved Dr. Fox to teach 27 courses at the graduate level, including psychopharmacology, legal and ethical issues in counseling, and psychopathology. Dr. Fox developed curriculum, sat on disciplinary panels, developed websites for the University, was awarded Faculty Member of the Year in 2004, and received the Faculty Scholarship of Integration Award in 2011.
In 2015, Dr. Fox began providing live trainings via webinar for the Global Institute of Forensic Research. He has provided seminars on Law and Ethics, as well as regular eight-hour trainings on the Static-99R, a sex offender risk assessment tool. The developers of the Static-99R have only certified 45 individuals worldwide as trainers on the instrument. Dr. Fox is also a certified SARATSO trainer for the Static-99R.
Attorney at Law
Dr. Fox obtained his law degree from California Western School of law in 1997. He became licensed as an attorney later that same year and is certified to practice in California State Courts as well as in the Federal courts in the Southern District of California. Dr. Fox practiced Family Law after obtaining licensure as an attorney and also specialized in mediation and arbitration. While no longer practicing family law, Dr. Fox does consult on legal matters with a psychological aspect and maintains an active law license.