Courtney Carman, Ph.D.  Forensic Evaluator

Courtney Carman, Ph.D.

Forensic Evaluator

  • Ph.D., Forensic Psychology
  • M.A., Forensic Psychology
  • B.A., Psychology

Dr. Carman currently works for the Forensic Assessment Division of the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she conducts psychological evaluations. Carman previously worked at Atascadero State Hospital, where she performed forensic evaluations pursuant to Penal Code (PC) 1370 (Incompetent to Stand Trial), PC 2962/2972 (Mentally Disordered Offender/Civil Commitment), and PC 1026 (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity), which involved frequent court testimony as an expert witness. Carman also worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections, rotating between working with youthful offenders sentenced as adults at a reintegration facility and with high-risk adult offenders in administrative segregation at a maximum security facility. She also conducted intakes and assessments of mentally ill and high-risk inmates for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles. She has lectured at public schools on stranger safety, working for an organization that collaborated with local, state, and federal law enforcement to prevent kidnappings. Carman also facilitated groups, performed assessments, and conducted therapy sessions with sex offenders for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Past experience also includes performing crisis intervention in a supervisory role at a facility for female adolescents, as well as working with incarcerated males in a correctional facility in New Jersey as a senior counselor.

Professional Experience

  • Forensic Assessment Division, Board of Parole Hearings- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Headquarters based in Sacramento, California (2015-Present)
  • Forensic Services, Department of State Hospitals. Atascadero, California (2011-2015)
  • Colorado Department of Corrections. Pueblo and Canon City, Colorado (2009-2010)
  • Find the Children. Santa Monica, California (2008-2009)
  • Twin Towers Correctional Facility. Los Angeles, California (2008-2009)
  • California Department of Corrections. Diamond Bar, California (2007-2008)
  • David and Margaret Home. La Verne, California (2006)
  • Talbot Hall. Kearny, New Jersey (2004-2006)

Education & Professional Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of California, license number PSY 25730
  • Ph.D., Forensic Psychology, Alliant International University, 2010, Los Angeles, Alhambra, California
  • M.A., Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2005, New York, New York
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, 2001, Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Scholarly Activity

  • Researched social homicide and serial murder for the following book: Hickey, E.W. (2009). Serial Murderers and Their Victims, Fifth Edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth.