Prashansa Dickson is a doctoral student in the Clinical-Community Psychology concentration. She completed her M.Sc. in Forensic Psychology from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies, from Goshen College, IN.
Prashansa has experience facilitating aggression and sexual violence therapies, and is trained in personality disorder diagnosis and formulation using both the IPDE and DSM-V alternatives model. She is also certified to administer a variety of psychometric tools assessing violence risk and protective factors. Her research interests include criminal behavior, risk and protective factors for targeted violence, psychopathy, criminal justice reform, and restorative justice.
Prashansa works as a graduate research assistant with the Violent Extremism Research Group with Dr. John Horgan. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked at Project39A at the National Law University in New Delhi, India. There, she completed clinical assessments with prisoners on death row, and was part of a research team studying various interactions of mental health and the criminal justice system. Previously, Prashansa has worked as a trainee forensic psychologist and researcher at Ashworth High Secure Hospital in Liverpool, UK, and as a youth care worker at the Elkhart County Juvenile Detention Center in Goshen, IN.
Prashansa is fluent in English, Hindi, and Tamil.