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    Ira K Packer PhD

    TitleClinical Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    AddressWorcester State Hospital
    305 Belmont Street
    Worcester MA 01604
    Phone508-856-8747
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        Ira K. Packer, Ph.D.isa Clinical Professor ofPsychiatry. He is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and served as President of both the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP). He has chaired the Forensic Specialty Council, in which position he had lead responsibility for crafting the Education and Training Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. He has also served as President of the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology. In 2007, he received the AAFP Award for Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology.

        Ira Packer

        Dr. Packer served as Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Services forthe Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1993-1996. He currently is the Director of the Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

        Curriculum Vitae

        Research Interests:

        1. Service use patterns of mentally ill clients involved in the criminal justice system
        2. Prevalence of mental disorders in correctional populations
        3. Psychopathy and treatment outcomes in forensic psychiatric patients
        4. Violence recidivism rates for forensic patients

        Ongoing Projects:

        1. Psychopathy and Treatment Outcomes in Forensic Psychiatric Patients: A Pilot Study
        2. Characteristics of mentally ill clients who become incarcerated in prison.



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        1. Pinals DA, Packer IK, Fisher W, Roy-Bujnowski K. Relationship between race and ethnicity and forensic clinical triage dispositions. Psychiatr Serv. 2004 Aug; 55(8):873-8.
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        2. 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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        3. Fisher WH, Packer IK, Banks SM, Smith D, Simon LJ, Roy-Bujnowski K. Self-reported lifetime psychiatric hospitalization histories of jail detainees with mental disorders: comparison with a non-incarcerated national sample. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2002 Nov; 29(4):458-65.
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        4. 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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        5. Appelbaum KL, Hickey JM, Packer I. The role of correctional officers in multidisciplinary mental health care in prisons. Psychiatr Serv. 2001 Oct; 52(10):1343-7.
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        6. Fisher WH, Packer IK, Simon LJ, Smith D. Community mental health services and the prevalence of severe mental illness in local jails: are they related? Adm Policy Ment Health. 2000 Jul; 27(6):371-82.
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        7. Fisher WH, Packer IK, Grisso T, McDermeit M, Brown JM. From case management to court clinic: examining forensic system involvement of persons with severe mental illness. Ment Health Serv Res. 2000 Mar; 2(1):41-9.
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        8. Packer IK. Privatized managed care and forensic mental health services. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1998; 26(1):123-9.
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        9. Packer IK. Domestic violence: the role of the mental health expert. Med Law. 1990; 9(6):1274-6.
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        10. Petrella RC, Benedek EP, Bank SC, Packer IK. Examining the application of the guilty but mentally ill verdict in Michigan. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1985 Mar; 36(3):254-9.
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        11. Gur RC, Packer IK, Hungerbuhler JP, Reivich M, Obrist WD, Amarnek WS, Sackeim HA. Differences in the distribution of gray and white matter in human cerebral hemispheres. Science. 1980 Mar 14; 207(4436):1226-8.
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        12. Sackeim HA, Packer IK, Gur RC. Hemisphericity, cognitive set, and susceptibility to subliminal perception. J Abnorm Psychol. 1977 Dec; 86(6):624-30.
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