Katrina H. Colistra, PsyD

Katrina H. Colistra earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Saint Michael’s College in 1998 and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2000 from Northeastern University. She then began her doctoral studies within the field of psychology. While pursuing a doctorate in psychology, she provided treatment and evaluation in multiple clinical and forensic settings. She worked at the Protestant Guild for Human Services, providing individual and group treatment to mentally retarded, mentally ill, and emotionally disturbed students in a private classroom setting. She then worked for one-year at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Devens, MA, where she provided brief and long-term therapy, group therapy, psycho-education and assessments to male federal inmates. In her third year of her doctoral program, Dr. Colistra worked at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons providing treatment and evaluation to male inmates and males civilly committed under Massachusetts General Law MGL c.123A. In her fourth year of clinical training she provided treatment to youths detained at the Division of Youth Services Facility in Dorchester, MA. She also conducted forensic mental health evaluations of detained juveniles with referral questions such as risk for sexual reoffense, amenability for treatment, diagnostic considerations, and extensions of commitment. In 2007, she completed an APA-accredited internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina. Dr. Colistra’s full-time major rotation included inpatient sex offender treatment, while her minor rotations included inpatient forensic evaluations in general population settings. She was awarded her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology in 2007 from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

In 2007, Dr. Colistra began work as an Associate Psychologist with the New York State Office of Mental Health. Her duties included reviewing cases of detained sex offenders at various levels of screening pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law Article 10 or the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA). She was licensed in the field of psychology in the state of New York in 2008. At that time, she was promoted to Psychiatric Examiner, and his duties included evaluation of individuals under SOMTA and expert testimony with regard to her findings. While as a Psychiatric Examiner, she organized an undergraduate psychology practicum program and provided supervision and training to the practicum students.

Dr. Colistra has taught as an adjunct professor courses that include Crime and Mental Illness and Sex Offender Theory, Assessment, and Treatment in the Criminal Justice Department at SUNY-Albany. Presently, she teaches Introduction to Forensic Psychology as an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Rose. Dr. Colistra is an active clinical member of the national chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and a member of the New York State Chapter of ATSA. Additionally, she is a member of the American Psychological Association and its New York State Chapter. Dr. Colistra is also a member of American Psychology-Law Society and New York Women in Law Enforcement. Finally, she is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

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