Richard Frederick, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1986. He also completed a Master’s degree in Mathematics (with an emphasis in statistics) from Texas A&M University in 2004. He has been licensed in Missouri to practice psychology for over 20 years. He is also licensed to practice psychology in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, and Louisiana.
Dr. Frederick completed his post-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital as a Navy Lieutenant. He retired from the US Naval Reserve in 2008 at the rank of Captain, with 6 years of active service and 17 years of reserve duty. In his last tour of duty, he was the head of the mental health department at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, where for two years he directed mental health services for the Navy and Coast Guard for the state of Florida and southern Georgia. He was mobilized for duty four times and was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom with with the Combat Stress Unit of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
He is board certified in the fields of forensic psychology (by the American Board of Professional Psychology) and assessment psychology (by the American Board of Assessment Psychology). From 2008-2011 served as the National Chair of Examinations and then President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. From 2005 to 2016 he served as an ad hoc member of the Board of Directors, American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and from 2008 to 2016 he served as AAFP’s co-chair for continuing education, in which he and Dr. Randy Otto planned and coordinated 50-60 full-day workshops each year. In 2014, Dr. Frederick was recognized by AAFP by receipt of the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award.
Beginning in 1988, Dr. Frederick completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown, Connecticut, and continued his employment on maximum-security units for the treatment of insanity acquittees and incompetent defendants. From 1992 to 2012, Dr. Frederick was on the medical staff at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, an 1100-bed full-service hospital with a 300-bed inpatient psychiatric service. In his capacity as a forensic psychologist, he evaluated hundreds of criminal defendants with respect to competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and dangerousness. He has testified in every federal district, often with respect to the prospect that defendants were feigning mental disorder or cognitive impairment. Dr. Frederick retired from USMCFP in 2012 and is now in private practice in Springfield, Missouri.
Dr. Frederick is a noted expert in forensic psychological assessment. Since 1998 he has provided continuing education to psychologists through over 75 full-day workshops on the topics of forensic assessment, assessment of malingering, specialized testing, and mental health case law. He has been invited to speak in most US states, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He has served on the editorial boards of Behavioral Sciences and the Law and Assessment. He has been an invited reviewer for Psychological Assessment, Journal of Personality Assessment, Law and Human Behavior, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Journal of Forensic Neuropsychology, NeuroRehabilitation, Psychological Injury and Law, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law. He has published 20 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters in the area of forensic psychological assessment, especially concerning the proper assessment of feigned cognitive impairment. He is co-author of 2 books concerning mental health case law regarding competency and criminal responsibility. Since 1997, he is the author of a widely-used measure to evaluate the cooperativeness of individuals in assessments of cognitive capacity, the Validity Indicator Profile. In recognition of his wide-ranging knowledge of forensic psychological assessment, he was appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychological Testing and Assessment from 2011 to 2013.