Kento Yasuhara, Ph.D. "In Memoriam"

Dr. Kento Yasuhara received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology from Drexel University in 2012. After completing a pre-doctoral internship at Patton State Hospital in California and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, he became an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven. His research involves the areas where mental health and criminal justice interact, such as evaluations involving mental state at the time of the offense, violence risk, and competency. Other research interests include current practices in determining defendant's ability to understand the consequences of pleading guilty, public perception of mental illness as a risk factor for violence and criminal behavior, and training/practice of clinical and forensic psychology. Furthermore, he served as a psychologist for CHE Behavioral Health Services and provided psychologist assessment services through his private practice.