The International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP) is a nonprofit organization whose vision is engaged criminal justice practitioners implementing innovative and humane practices worldwide. IACFP is led by an international board of directors who maintain the commitment the association has had to serving practitioners in correctional and juvenile justice systems worldwide for 63 years. IACFP’s mission is to advance the development and implementation of evidence- and practitioner-informed policies and practices to support correctional and forensic psychologists and other helping professionals who work with justice-involved individuals.
In 2017, the IACFP Board developed a three-year strategic plan. They refreshed and updated this plan in 2020. The Board has adopted five goals. The goals are:
- To advance research and support for effective mental health service delivery systems in community corrections internationally
- To distribute a newsletter that focuses on reform outside and inside prison worldwide
- To develop an event to build a bridge between scholars and practitioner communities on emerging best practices for the mentally ill
- To invest in the development and sustainability of an International Mental Health Leadership Network
- To put the “I” for International in IACFP.
Criminal Justice and Behavior is the official publication of the IACFP. This monthly peer-reviewed journal promotes scholarly evaluations of assessment, classification, prevention, intervention, and treatment programs to help correctional professionals develop successful programs based on sound and informative theoretical and research foundations.
In addition to original research, theoretical contributions, and information on innovative programs and practices, it also provides critical reviews of literature or theory on topics central to criminal justice and behavior, including:
- Classification and treatments of offenders
- Causes of delinquent and criminal behavior
- Prevention, intervention, and treatment programs
- Education and training
- Effectiveness of different sanctions
- Offender and offensive characteristics
- Psychology of policing
- Psychology and law issues
IACFP Board of Directors effective January 1, 2019
Frank Porporino, Ph.D., PresidentCanada
Frank Porporino has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has sustained a 45-year career in corrections as a front-line practitioner, senior manager, researcher, educator, trainer, and consultant. Frank has promoted evidence-informed practice throughout his career and his contributions have been recognized with awards from a number of associations including the ACA, ICCA, Volunteers of America and the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA). Currently he is Editor of the new ICPA practitioner-oriented journal, Advancing Corrections, and the President-Elect of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology.
Javel Jackson, Psy.D., Past PresidentUnited States
Javel Jackson is active in the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology and currently serves as Board president. Javel Jackson, PsyD is the Statewide Mental Health Director for the GA Department of Corrections (GDC). During her career, Dr. Jackson has held positions as psychology/sociology instructor at McLennan Community College in Waco TX; therapist and graduate level professor at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA; and psychologist for New Life Clinics, in Atlanta, GA. In addition, she has served as Clinical Director, overseeing the clinical work within the mental health program at Metro State Prison in Atlanta, staff psychologist at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, GA and Chief Psychologist for GDC. Javel is a graduate of Wichita State University in Wichita KS, Texas A&M University in College Station TX, and the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology (the consortium included Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and William & Mary) in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
Richard (Dick) Althouse, Ph.D., SecretaryUnited States
Dr. Althouse completed his psychology internship at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Psychiatry in 1971 and received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1975. Dr. Althouse has had 37 years of experience as a clinical/correctional/forensic psychologist in both staff and supervisory positions in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections or the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services. Dr. Althouse has been a member of the American Association for Correctional Psychology since the late 1990s, was later elected President and is now Secretary of the Executive Board of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. Dr. Althouse co-authored two revisions of the Standards for psychology services and jails, prisons, correctional facilities and agencies published by the American Association for Correctional Psychology in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior (2000 and 2010). Although retired from Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections, Dr. Althouse has remained active in matters related to the criminal justice system, and among his other contributions to the field provides expert testimony in litigation involving inmate suicides.
Diane Williams, M.B.A., TreasurerUnited States
After having served as President and Chief Executive Officer since February 1996, Diane Williams was named President Emeritus of Safer Foundation in April of 2014. Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of employment placement and job readiness training exclusively for people with criminal records. Ms. Williams has an undergraduate degree in Education from Chicago State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and over 20 years of experience working with the criminal justice population. Diane has served in consulting roles for several United States Federal agencies including the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Council of State Governments Reentry Initiative and the National Treatment Plan’s Criminal Justice Work Group/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She chaired the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board and now serves as immediate past chair. She also chaired The HIRE Network Advisory-A Legal Action Center program, is a member of the International Corrections and Prison Association Board and serves as President of the ICPA North American chapter. In 2011, Ms. Williams was the recipient of President Obama’s “Champion of Change” award.
Jim DeGroot, Ph.D.United States
Jim DeGroot currently serves as the Past President of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology and the MHM Clinical Director, for GA Department of Correction. He previously served as the Statewide Administrative Director of Mental Health for Georgia’s Department of Corrections for 23 years. Dr. DeGroot earned a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in 1984 and a Post-Doctoral Degree from Wright State University in 1985. He has been licensed as an Applied Psychologist in Georgia since 1986. He has a broad base of experience delivering services to high risk populations and supporting the professional development of others through faculty appointments in child psychiatry, internship rotations, and at the Medical College of Georgia. Jim maintains a private practice, working as a mental healthcare provider and as a forensic/correctional consultant. Based on his leadership experience during civil rights litigation, (Guthrie v Evans, Cason v Seckinger, and Fluellen v Wetherington), he became the “lead” in updating and implementing Georgia’s Correctional Mental Health Policies and Procedures. He has testified for the PREA Commission as well as serving as an expert for the NIC Board of Directors and in several State DOC civil rights complaints. Dr. DeGroot has served and continues to serve on several Boards and Committees which are working to enhance mental health and public safety, reduce recidivism, and facilitate re-entry.
Melvin Hinton, Ph.D.United States
Dr. Melvin Hinton is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently is the Chief of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Dr. Hinton has seventeen years of clinical experience working in correctional settings including Cook County Department of Corrections, California Department of Corrections and Lake County Jail in Waukegan, Illinois. Additionally, Dr. Hinton is currently an Adjunct Professor at St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois teaching Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Introduction to Crisis Intervention to undergraduate students. Dr. Hinton has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Chicago State University, Western International University, and has guest lectured at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Olive-Harvey College in Chicago. Dr. Hinton has served on the executive board of the Chicago School Education System and been the chair of the Health and Rehabilitation section of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA). Dr. Hinton completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and obtained his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The most important position held by Dr. Hinton is as a husband and father to his seven year old son.
Silvia Martinez, J.D.Argentina
Silvia Edith Martinez is a lawyer. She earned the designation as a Specialist in Criminal Law from the Torcuato di Tella University and received a Master in Criminal Law from Torcuato di Tella University. Ms. Martinez is an Inter-American Public Defender who has appeared before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Currently, she is serving on the Inter- American Human Rights Commission designated for the period 2013/2016 and 2016/2019. She has been a Public Defender in Criminal Issues in the Argentine Republic from April 27, 1993 to the present. Ms. Martinez also serves as an Associate Professor of Criminal Law at the School of Law of the Buenos Aires University. She has held this position since 1995. Silvia is considered a Regional Expert of the EuroSociAL Program of the European Union. Previously, she served as the Head of the Prisons Commission from October 2005 to September 2013. Ms. Martinez is the author of several publications on Prisons and Human Rights.
Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D.United States
Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D. has written extensively on the psychiatric care of prison populations. He has provided consultation to judges, special masters, monitors, state departments of corrections, city and county jails, U.S. Department of Justice, the National Prison Project, Homeland Security and others involved in the field of correctional psychiatry in 35 states. Dr. Metzner was a member (2006) of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to DHHS Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research. He was part of the APA work groups that produced the first and third editions of the guidelines for psychiatric services in correctional facilities. Dr. Metzner is one of three editors of The Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry (May 2015).
Jeffrey Pfeifer, Ph.D., M.Leg.St.Australia
Jeffrey Pfeifer, Ph.D., M.Leg.St. is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Professor Pfeifer also holds a research position with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and has been teaching and researching in the areas of forensic and correctional psychology for over 20 years. He has published numerous articles as well as testified as an expert witness in both Canada and the United States. Professor Pfeifer’s research has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and Appellate Courts in Ontario and British Columbia. He is the recipient of the 2004 and 2017 International Corrections and Prisons Association Research Awards. Most recently Professor Pfeifer has been conducting a program of research on the use of technology and gaming as a platform for positively impacting the wellbeing of prison officers as well as offenders. In addition to his research, he has conducted evaluations and training workshops for numerous agencies including: Corrections Victoria, G4S Australasia, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Western Australia Department of Corrections, Russian Ministry of Corrections, Namibian Correctional Service, Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections, Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia, Singapore Airport Security Service, Sharjah (UAE) Police Service, and the Durban (South Africa) Police Service.
Matt Epperson, Ph.D.United States
Matt Epperson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where he also serves as Director of the Smart Decarceration Project ( www.smartdecarceration.org ). His research centers on developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to reduce disparities in the criminal justice system. His primary areas of focus include addressing risk factors for criminal justice involvement among persons with mental illnesses, as well as advancing evidence-based approaches to effective and sustainable decarceration. Dr. Epperson’s scholarship and teaching aim to build the capacity of the social work profession to address these challenges and opportunities for criminal justice transformation. He is Co-Leader of the Promote Smart Decarceration network, through the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative. He has over 15 years of clinical and administrative social work experience in behavioral health and criminal justice settings.