I welcome you to Applied Behavioral Consultants, LLC. My name is Dr. Joe Plaud. My specialty is clinical and forensic psychology. I have over 100 scientific publications in these areas of concentration. I have also taught advanced courses at numerous colleges and universities, and been part of the faculties at Brown University, the University of North Dakota, Worcester State University, and Northeastern University, among other institutions. I am sought out as a consultant regarding forensic psychology evaluations and treatment. Many of my cases involve sexual offender risk evaluations, particularly in context of civil commitment and pre-sentence evaluations.
Applied Behavioral Consultants, LLC under the leadership of Dr. Joe Plaud provides assessment and treatment services in forensic clinical psychology, specializing in behavioral and physiological risk assessments involving sexual behavior in both criminal and civil contexts, as well as sexual offender registration risk evaluations, and consultation in other areas of clinical and forensic psychology. Dr. Plaud has testified as an expert witness in multiple states as well as within the federal system in the United States. He is recognized around the world as a professional leader in the evaluation and treatment of male and female sexual offenders, including adolescent sexual offenders.
Dr. Plaud was featured as the clinical and forensic psychological expert on an episode of ABC News Primetime with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, with ABC News Correspondent John Quiñones
Recent Scholarly Publications, Presentations, Court Decisions, and Other Interesting Happenings...
Plaud, J. J. (2019). The use of penile plethysmography in SVP assessment and treatment decision-making. In W. T. O’Donohue & D. Bromberg (Eds.), Sexually Violent Predators: A Clinical Science Handbook, (pp. 243-254). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Plaud, J. J. (in press). Sexual disorders. In P. Sturmey (Ed.), Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment (second edition). London: Elsevier.
March 20, 2016
Dr. Plaud authored an entry on behavior therapies in The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology. The focus of the entry details the history and variety of clinical interventions grouped under the more general term behavior therapies. The focus of Dr. Plaud's clinical and forensic psychological training has been on operant behaviorism, which is articulated in this encyclopedia entry.
Recent National and International Professional Presentations:
Plaud, J. J. (2019, October). The science of sexual offender risk prediction: Promises and pitfalls. Presentation at the meeting of the New England Conference on Forensic Psychology, Boston, MA. Dr. Plaud is the Founder and Organizer of the New England Conference on Forensic Psychology (NEcFP).
Plaud, J. J. (2019, September). Thirty two years in the trenches: Personal and professional recollections of a clinical and forensic psychologist evaluating and treating sexual offenders (and the courtroom battles that followed). Presentation at the meeting of the Sex Offender Policy Reform Initiative, Cambridge, MA.
Plaud, J. J. (2019, July). Sexual offense recidivism and Sexually Violent Predator civil commitment laws. Presentation at the meeting of the Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Rome, Italy.
Plaud, J. J. (2019, March). Sexually Dangerous no longer? Massachusetts sexual recidivism data on sex offenders released from civil commitment. Presentation at the meeting of the American College of Forensic Psychology, San Diego, CA.
Plaud, J. J. (2019, March). Forensic skills workshop: The role of the psychologist in civil and criminal litigation. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American College of Forensic Psychology, San Diego, CA.
Plaud, J. J. (2017, April). When forensic psychologists are on trial in the court of public opinion. Presentation at the meeting of the American College of Forensic Psychology, San Diego, CA.
Plaud, J. J. (2016, February). Behavior analysis, "volitional control," and indefinite sexual offender civil commitment. Invited address at the meeting of the California Association of Behavior Analysis, Santa Clara, CA.
Dr. Plaud serves as an expert witness in both state and federal courts across the United States.
By clicking on the button to your left you will be taken to interesting published decisions involving cases in which Dr. Plaud has served as an expert witness.
Judicial decisions will be highlighted on a revolving basis, and will involve both state and federal opinions.
By clicking on the button to your left you will be taken to a special Research Archives section of the website in which past professional distinctions, research projects, and notable presentations will be highlighted on a revolving basis.
Dr. Plaud has always been an adherent to the scientist-practitioner model of practice in clinical and forensic psychology. It is critical to integrate cutting edge research findings into the professional practice of psychology: in the clinic, in the courtroom, and in the classroom. It is also important to understand the historical underpinnings of clinical and forensic psychology.
Dr. Plaud has other interests outside of clinical and forensic psychology. By clicking on the button to your left you will be taken to a special section of the website in which some of Dr. Plaud's other varied interests are highlighted from time to time.
Dr. Plaud's major interests in other fields include his work to preserve the legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal. Dr. Plaud serves as a Trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. At one time Dr. Plaud had one of the largest personal collections of Roosevelt and New Deal memorabilia, in which he shared with the public in a nonprofit museum.