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Otto, Randy K., PhD

Otto, Randy K., PhD

A faculty member at the University of South Florida since 1989 in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Dr. Randy Otto also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and as adjunct faculty at Stetson University College of Law.

Dr. Otto has published and presented extensively on forensic psychological assessment.  His work has been recognized nationally with awards from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality Assessment.

A former President of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) and the American Board of Forensic Psychology, Dr. Otto is currently President  of the American Board of Professional Psychology. A Fellow of the American Psychological Assoicaiton, he has chaired APA’s Committee on Legal Issues and the Committee to Revise the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology, and he is an APA Council Representative (Division 41, AP-LS). At the current time Dr. Otto serves on the editorial boards of Assessment, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Dr. Otto is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41) and has received awards for his work from the Society for Personality Assessment, the University of California-San Francisco, and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

In 2009, his work on adjudicative competence, with colleagues Norm Poythress, John Monahan, Richard Bonnie, and Ken Hoge, was cited by the U. S. Supreme Court in Indiana v. Edwards. Most recently, he was called as a forensic expert on the insanity defense in the Schenecker trial.

Recent publications

Singh, J. P., Desmarais, S. L., Hurducas, C., Arbach-Lucioni, K., Condemarin, C., Dean, K., . . . Otto, R. K. (2014). International perspectives on the practical application of violence risk assessment: A global survey of 44 countries. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 13(3), 193-206.  doi:10.1080/14999013.2014.922141

Miller, C. S., Kimonis, E. R., Otto, R. K., Kline, S. M., & Wasserman, A. L. (2012). Reliability of risk assessment measures used in sexually violent predator proceedings. Psychological Assessment, 24(4), 944-953.  doi:10.1037/a0028411

Otto, R. K., Musick, J. E., & Sherrod, C. (2011). Convergent validity of a screening measure designed to identify defendants feigning knowledge deficits related to competence to stand trial. Assessment, 18(1), 60-62.  doi:10.1177/1073191110377162

Otto, R. K., DeMier, R. L., & Boccaccini, M. T. (2014). Forensic reports and testimony: A guide to effective communication for psychologists and psychiatrists. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Weiner, I., & Otto, R. K. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of forensic psychology (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Otto, R. K., & Weiner, I. B. (Eds.). (2013). Handbook of psychology, Vol. 11: Forensic psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Otto, R. K., Kay, S., & Hess, A. (2014). Offering expert testimony. In I. Weiner & R. K. Otto (Eds.), Handbook of forensic psychology (4th ed., pp. 733-756). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Otto, R. K., & Ogloff, J. R. P. (2014). Defining forensic psychology. In I. Weiner & R. K. Otto (Eds.), Handbook of forensic psychology (4th ed., pp. 35-55). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Douglas, K. S., Otto, R. K., Desmarais, S. L., & Borum, R. (2013). Clinical forensic psychology. In J. A. Schinka, W. F. Velicer & I. B. Weiner (Eds.), Handbook of psychology, Vol. 2: Research methods in psychology (2nd ed., pp. 213-244). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.Musick, J., & Otto, R. K. (2010). Inventory of Legal Knowledge. Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.