Steven K. Erickson, JD, PhD, LLM, ABPP is a forensic psychologist practicing in the central Pennsylvania regional area. He is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He is licensed as a psychologist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York and maintains an office in York, PA.
Dr. Erickson completed his legal and doctoral studies at the University of Buffalo in counseling psychology with an emphasis in forensic psychology. During graduate school, Dr. Erickson served as a law guardian to the Fourth Judicial Department of New York and worked as an attorney for the assigned counsel program where he represented parties involved in criminal and family court matters. Dr. Erickson received the Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award by the American Psychological Foundation for his research on New York’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment program.
Dr. Erickson completed his internship in clinical psychology at the internationally renowned program in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he specialized in criminal and family-court forensic evaluations. In that capacity, he provided forensic assessment and treatment at numerous high-security facilities, including Bridgewater State Hospital and MCI-Framingham and worked with a variety of populations, including people with severe mental disorders, defendants charged with sex offenses and inmates diagnosed with psychopathy.
Dr. Erickson continued his training at the University of Rochester Medical School, where he served as the Chief Fellow in Psychiatry and gained extensive clinical and research experience in severe mental disorders and forensic populations. He was awarded the CARES Schizophrenia Research Award for outstanding achievement in the research of mental illness. His research focused on discovering innovative programs to assist people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders transition from prison to the community. In addition, he served as a forensic psychologist for the State of New York Office of Mental Health at the Rochester Regional Forensic Unit where he completed numerous court-ordered evaluations that included defendants charged with crimes of serious violence and sex offenses.
Upon his completion of his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Erickson pursued his LLM degree at Harvard Law School under the tutelage of the late Professor William J. Stuntz. After completing his degree, Dr. Erickson completed another advanced training fellowship at Yale University where he conducted research on various issues of law and psychology and also worked at as a psychologist with the Veterans Administration Healthcare System.
Dr. Erickson has served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Missouri School of Law and the University of Rochester Medical School. He is widely published in the areas of law and psychology. He has also served in several leadership positions, including as past president for the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Erickson currently serves as the Chairperson and PSYPACT Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology and is a member of the Adult Clinical Practice Committee for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
Dr. Erickson's extensive experience in forensic evaluations includes both criminal and civil litigation. He has provided evaluations and testimony on matters including competency to stand trial, mental state at the time of offense, criminal mitigation, the insanity defense, sex offender assessment, violence risk assessment, personal injury, fitness for duty, and other matters requiring psychological expertise. He has qualified as an expert witness in state and federal court.
A curriculum vitae is available upon request.