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    Albert J Grudzinskas JD

    TitleClinical Associate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655

        Academic History


        1969-1974 Northeastern University B.S. Journalism

        Boston, Massachusetts (Cum Laude)


        1974-1977 Syracuse University Juris Doctorate

        College of Law, Syracuse, New York

        Curriculum Vitae

        Albert J. Grudzinskas, Jr. JDAlbert J. Grudzinskas, Jr., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Law and Assistant Coordinator of Law and Psychiatry for Legal Studies. His research interests include mental health issues in criminal trial practice, expert testimony, involuntary commitment, and substance abuse.

        My research focuses on the involvement of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice and civil court systems. I would like to develop a better understanding of how and why the courts have become the access point for social services in most communities for persons living in poverty. I am also interested in the protection of human subjects in research. I am developing an agenda to address the needs of courts to understand social science testimony and its utility in addressing issues before the courts.

        Ongoing Projects:

        1.Massachusetts Mental Health Diversion Program is funded by a number of small private foundations. Albert J. Grudzinskas, Jr.,J.D. Principal Investigator. Role: Research Director, at 30% effort; 7/1/2002 – indefinite; This program implements programmatic change directed at assisting police departments and local mental health providers in maximizing available resources to improve management of arrestees and potential arrestees with mental health needs.

        1 RO1 MH65611 Modeling Criminal Justice Involvement Among Persons With Mental Illness (William Fisher, Ph.D., P.I.) Funder: NIMH; Period: 8/15/03 – 8/14/06 Total Direct Costs: $625,000 Role: Co-Investigator, 30% effort. This project represents a preliminary effort to discern the role of mental health services in patterns of criminal offending displayed by persons with severe mental illness. It incorporates theoretical frameworks and methods commonly used in criminology to understand patterns of offending over time, the effects of social environments, and the potentially mediating effects of mental health services with regard to patterns of offending.

        3. 1RO1 MH067862 Arrest Patterns Among Youth in Mental Health Systems (Maryann Davis, Ph.D., P.I.) Funder: NIMH; Period: 4/1/04 – 3/31/07 Role: Co-Investigator, 5% Effort Total Direct Costs: $450,000 This project examines patterns of juvenile and adult criminal offending of youths identifi ed as receiving services from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s as children/adolescents and who “aged out” of that system.

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        1. Malin HM, Saleh FM, Grudzinskas AJ. Recent research related to juvenile sex offending: findings and directions for further research. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014 Apr; 16(4):440.
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        2. Candilis PJ, Lidz CW, Appelbaum PS, Arnold RM, Gardner W, Myers S, Grudzinskas AJ, Simon LJ. The silent majority: who speaks at IRB meetings? IRB. 2012 Jul-Aug; 34(4):15-20.
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        3. McCabe PJ, Christopher PP, Druhn N, Roy-Bujnowski KM, Grudzinskas AJ, Fisher WH. Arrest types and co-occurring disorders in persons with schizophrenia or related psychoses. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2012 Jul; 39(3):271-84.
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        4. Fisher WH, Grudzinskas AJ, Roy-Bujnowski KM, Wolff N. Public policy and limits of diversion programs for reducing jail exposure of persons with serious mental illness. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Dec; 62(12):1503-5.
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        5. Clayfield JC, Fletcher KE, Grudzinskas AJ. Development and validation of the Mental Health Attitude Survey for Police. Community Ment Health J. 2011 Dec; 47(6):742-51.
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        6. Fisher WH, Simon L, Roy-Bujnowski K, Grudzinskas A, Wolff N, Crockett E, Banks S. Risk of arrest among public mental health services recipients and the general public. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan; 62(1):67-72.
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        7. Saleh FM, Grudzinskas AJ, Malin HM, Dwyer RG. The management of sex offenders: perspectives for psychiatry. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2010 Nov-Dec; 18(6):359-68.
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        8. Saleh FM, Malin HM, Grudzinskas AJ, Vitacco MJ. Paraphilias with co-morbid psychopathy: the clinical and legal significance to sex offender assessments. Behav Sci Law. 2010 Mar-Apr; 28(2):211-23.
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        9. Fisher WH, Banks SM, Roy-Bujnowski K, Grudzinskas AJ, Simon LJ, Wolff N. Categorizing temporal patterns of arrest in a cohort of adults with serious mental illness. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2010 Oct; 37(4):477-90.
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        10. Davis M, Fisher WH, Gershenson B, Grudzinskas AJ, Banks SM. Justice system involvement into young adulthood: comparison of adolescent girls in the public mental health system and in the general population. Am J Public Health. 2009 Feb; 99(2):234-6.
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        11. Davis M, Banks SM, Fisher WH, Gershenson B, Grudzinskas AJ. Arrests of adolescent clients of a public mental health system during adolescence and young adulthood. Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Nov; 58(11):1454-60.
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        12. Fisher WH, Wolff N, Grudzinskas AJ, Roy-Bujnowski K, Banks SM, Clayfield J. Drug-related arrests in a cohort of public mental health service recipients. Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Nov; 58(11):1448-53.
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        13. Lawlor T, Grudzinskas AJ, Geller JL, Genovese M. A competency-based approach to managing violence with involuntary outpatient treatment. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2007 May; 34(3):315-8.
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        14. Geller JL, Fisher WH, Grudzinskas AJ, Clayfield JC, Lawlor T. Involuntary outpatient treatment as "desintitutionalized coercion": the net-widening concerns. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2006 Nov-Dec; 29(6):551-62.
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        15. Fisher WH, Roy-Bujnowski KM, Grudzinskas AJ, Clayfield JC, Banks SM, Wolff N. Patterns and prevalence of arrest in a statewide cohort of mental health care consumers. Psychiatr Serv. 2006 Nov; 57(11):1623-8.
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        16. Grudzinskas AJ, Clayfield JC, Roy-Bujnowski K, Fisher WH, Richardson MH. Integrating the criminal justice system into mental health service delivery: the worcester diversion experience. Behav Sci Law. 2005; 23(2):277-93.
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        17. Geller JL, Shore H, Grudzinskas AJ, Appelbaum PS. Against the grain? A reasoned argument for not closing a state hospital. Psychiatr Q. 2005; 76(2):177-94.
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        18. Davis M, Banks S, Fisher W, Grudzinskas A. Longitudinal patterns of offending during the transition to adulthood in youth from the mental health system. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2004 Oct-Dec; 31(4):351-66.
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        19. Grudzinskas AJ, Clayfield JC. Mental health courts and the lesson learned in juvenile court. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2004; 32(3):223-7.
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        20. Fisher WH, Normand SL, Dickey B, Packer IK, Grudzinskas AJ, Azeni H. Managed mental health care's effects on arrest and forensic commitment. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2004 Jan-Feb; 27(1):65-77.
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        21. Fisher WH, Dickey B, Normand SL, Packer IK, Grudzinskas AJ, Azeni H. Use of a state inpatient forensic system under managed mental health care. Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Apr; 53(4):447-51.
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        22. Grudzinskas AJ. Commentary: the search for a formula to relate competence, coercion, and mandated treatment. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2002; 30(2):218-20.
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        23. Grudzinskas AJ. Kumho Tire Co., Ltd. v. Carmichael. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1999; 27(3):482-8.
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