Patricia Coffey

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Patricia Coffey is a forensic psychologist and UW-Madison Department of Psychology faculty associate. She has extensive forensic evaluation and trauma and cognitive behavioral treatment experience. Coffey specializes in assessment of sexual and violent offenders, but also has considerable experience working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Her career has been motivated by a strong commitment to evidence based approaches to addressing violence and the associated trauma through an understanding of both effective interventions for offenders and effective strategies to help survivors. In 2014, she started working full time in the UW-Madison psychology department teaching The Criminal Mind: A Forensic and Psychobiological Perspective, Introductory Psychology, and Service Learning courses. She has recently added a capstone course “Issues in Prisoner Reentry.” Coffey has helped train clinical psychology PhD students in forensic assessments for juvenile courts and the UW Legal Assistance for Institutionalized Persons program. She is committed to evidence based assessment and treatment and enjoys teaching and providing community based learning opportunities for students interested in criminal justice and/or clinical service related careers.

Courses taught previously at UW and/or currently teach at UW
The Criminal Mind: Forensic & Psychobiological Perspectives
Issues in Prisoner Reentry
Introductory Psychology
Service Learning in Psychology

Educational background
UW-Madison: BA in Psychology & Latin American Studies
University of Vermont: PhD in Clinical Psychology

Curriculum Vitae