Research Team

Faculty

John P. Vincent

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Dr. John P. Vincent received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 1972, and is Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston. In addition to his role as Department Chairman, he served as Director of Clinical Psychology Training for 23 years. He serves as Director of the Center for Forensic Psychology and is Executive Director of Forensic Psychology Services at the University of Houston. Dr. Vincent has also served as Director of the Victims' Resource Institute, where he was recognized by the U. S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime based on his dedication on behalf of victims of trauma and violence. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment at Baylor College of Medicine. He has maintained a practice in clinical and forensic psychology for over 35 years. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Texas since 1974 and is board certified as a clinical psychologist with the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Vincent has edited six books in the area of Family Psychology, served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, and has authored over 120 research articles, chapters, books and conference presentations. He has received over 30 research grants from private, state, and federal agencies, including funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Health, and the U. S. Department of Justice. In the context of his practice in clinical and forensic psychology, Dr. Vincent has served as an expert witness in State and Federal Court for cases involving civil litigation. He has also served as a consultant to major law firms, corporations and governmental agencies regarding forensic psychology in the context of labor and employment law, family law and other civil law arenas.

Gerald E. Harris

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Dr. Gerald E. Harris received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in 1982. He serves as Executive Director of the Center for Forensic Psychology and Training Director of Forensic Psychology Services at the University of Houston. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in psychology at the University of Houston since 1986 and has served as the Director of the Victims' Resource Institute. Dr. Harris is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Young Autism Project since 1996. He has maintained a practice in clinical and forensic psychology for over 20 years and has been a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Texas since 1986.

In the context of his forensic and clinical work, Dr. Harris has served as an expert witness in both civil and criminal litigation. Dr. Harris has authored numerous research articles, chapters, and conference presentations and has received several research grants from private, state, and federal agencies.

J. Ray Hays

J. Ray Hays

Dr. Hays received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia (1970), and his Juris Doctor degree from the South Texas College of Law (1980). He is licensed in Texas as a psychologist and an attorney. His practice is limited to consulting on legal matters, primarily criminal and administrative issues in Texas. He is a Diplomate in Clinical (1977) and Forensic (1979) Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

He has been adjunct faculty at the University of Houston since 1968, worked at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences from 1968 to 1985, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston from 1985 to 2003 at the Harris County Psychiatric Center, and Baylor College of Medicine from 2003 to 2012 at Ben Taub General Hospital.  He has authored over 100 scientific papers and written or compiled a dozen books related to psychology and law. His primary research interests are in psychological assessment as they relate to legal matters and the development of norms for particular populations and the relationships among psychological assessment tools.

Dr. Hays is a member of the Medical Reserve Corp, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas State Guard, Houston Medical Response Group, and serves as Training Officer and Commander of the Headquarters Company of the Group. He has deployed with the State Guard at Operation Lone Star in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as Hurricane Alex in 2010. He has the Military Emergency Management System certification from the State Guard Association of the United States and holds a general class amateur radio operator's license (KF5MNY), which he uses in emergency communications as part of his work with the State Guard.

Tonya Inman

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Dr. Tonya Inman received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in 2005 after completing her residency at the University of Texas Medical School Houston. She is currently the assistant director of the Center for Forensic Psychology and has been involved in the center’s development and service provision for over eight years. In addition to her responsibilities at CFP, Dr. Inman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Houston in the areas of Psychology and Law, Forensic Psychology, and Psychology of Personality. She also provides clinical supervision to the advanced supervision group at the university's clinic. Dr. Inman was employed in the trial consulting field prior to her graduate work in psychology and has maintained her interests in this area through her research on jury decision-making and emotional distress damages. Dr. Inman has affiliations with the American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association, American Psychology and Law Society, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has assisted in the authorship of numerous publications and has presented on psycholegal issues to several organizations.

Graduate Students

Ivy Ikpeme Ruths

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Ivy joined the CFP in September of 2008. She is a 2nd year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin receiving her B.A. in both Psychology and English. Her master’s thesis will examine the effects of early traumatic experiences versus later disruptive experiences, especially in the context of civil litigation. Her research interests include childhood risk factors for psychopathology, childhood peer relationships, and parent-child relationships.

Mary Madison Eagle

Mary Madison joined the CFP in August of 2010. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, receiving her B.S. in Human and Organizational Development and Spanish with a minor in Psychology. In May 2012, she earned her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston. Her research interests include civil litigation, jury behavior, psychopathy, and risk assessment. She is currently on internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

Liz Garner

Liz joined the CFP in August of 2011. In 2005, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma, receiving her B.A. in Psychology.  Liz is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2008, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law.  She has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since September of 2008. Liz's research interests include civil litigation, jury behaviors, juvenile offenders, as well as developmental psychopathology.

Jessica Klement Davis

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Jessica joined the CFP in 2012 and enrolled in the clinical psychology doctoral program in August of 2013. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and English from Texas A&M University in 2011 and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston in 2013. Jessica’s research interests include predictors of change in violence throughout the lifespan, with a primary interest in adolescence. Her secondary interests include developmental psychopathology, risk assessment, and juror decision-making.

Jacob Lebar

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Jacob joined both the CFP and the clinical psychology doctoral program in August of 2014. He earned a B.S. in human biology, with a concentration in genetics and biotechnology, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. He received his J.D. with honors from the University Of Texas School Of Law and has been a member of the Texas State Bar since 2008. His research interests include jury decision-making, malingering in civil litigation, and psychopathology.