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Cheryl Paradis

Professor of Psychology

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Cheryl Paradis earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University. She teaches courses in General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Community Psychology, and Forensic Psychology. She has approximately twenty years’ experience evaluating and treating individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses in inpatient hospital settings. She is trained in cognitive behavioral treatment and has worked with individuals with anxiety disorders in outpatient settings. She is also trained in psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological testing. She has evaluated individuals with brain damage and dysfunction in psychiatric, medical, and forensic settings. She has conducted research in the areas of brain damage, cross-cultural issues and forensic psychology and published in journals such as Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. She has also co-authored chapters on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders.


Professor of Psychology







B.A., Marymount Manhattan College
M.A.. Yeshiva University
Psy.D., Yeshiva University

Recent Work


Paradis, C. The Measure of Madness: Inside the Disturbed and Disturbing Criminal Mind. NY: Citadel Press, 2010.
–, Friedman, S.; Hinton, DE; McNally, RJ; Solomon, LZ; Lyons, K. The Cross-Cultural Assessment of the Phenomenology of Sleep Paralysis: The Sleep Paralysis Questionnaire (SPQ). CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics, 15 (3). 2010: 220-226.

–, In-house blogger – Law & Crime Blog. Psychology Today.

Faculty-Student Collaborations

Malingering of memory impairment in defendants undergoing competency to stand trial evaluations. Paradis, C., Owen, E., Sembach, C.E., Montgomery, J. Eastern Psychological Association, Mar. 2010.
Attitudes toward malingering and the insanity defense. Brown, E.E., Chong, C., Carey, K. Paradis, C. Eastern Psychological Association, March 2010.

Attitudes toward the use of premenstrual dysphoric disorder as a criminal defense. Venito, G.A., Wade, T, Paradis, C. Eastern Psychological Association, March 2010.


Interview, FOX News, 4/25/10.

Radio and television interviews with Jay Trelease, WFME 94.7 fm. Aired 5/15/10 and 5/22/10.



“Malingering and Competency to Stand Trial:  Psychological, Legal and Judicial Factors” Paradis, C. and Owen, E. The American College of Forensic Examiners, October 16, 2009.
”Are Forensic Thrillers Deadly?” Panelist  at Thrillerfest, International Thriller Writers, moderated by Jonathan Hayes. July 9, 2010.

Professional Experience

College Service

Coordinator, Forensic Psychology Minor.
Member, Cultural Perspectives Committee.