Tom Grisso Receives Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Scholarship

Date Posted: September 20, 2013
Grisso Medal

Chancellor Michael F. Collins awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Scholarship to Thomas Grisso, PhD at yesterday afternoon’s Convocation ceremony.

Collins noted that Dr. Grisso has made seminal contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry and psychology. “Your research has had substantial, sustained and demonstrable impact on clinical practice, juvenile justice policies and the law. Your work has stimulated thought and empirical designs used by every major researcher in these areas,” he said.

Grisso, who is director of the Law and Psychiatry Program in the Department of Psychiatry, has focused on research, policy development and advocacy related to forensic mental health issues in juvenile justice. Collins noted that in addition to receiving continuous funding from organizations such as that National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, Grisso is co-developer of the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tools, the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study and the Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory.

As recipient of this honor, Grisso will give the keynote address at the 2013 UMMS Research Retreat.