Timothy J. Wisniewski, PhD, PhD

Timothy J. Wisniewski earned an undergraduate degree in Biology at Syracuse University in 1989 and went on to earn his doctorate in Biology at Syracuse University in 1998 with a specialization in Evolutionary Biology. Dr. Wisniewski continued with his studies in the field of psychology in a doctoral program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). While pursuing a doctorate in psychology, he provided evaluation and treatment in multiple clinical and forensic settings. He worked for three years at urban community mental health centers in Baltimore (Chase-Brexton Health Services and The Portal), one year at Maryland's maximum security forensic hospital (Clifton T. Perkins Hospital), six months at the Springfield Hospital Center on the Addiction Services Unit and two years at the Domestic Violence Center in Howard County, treating domestic violence perpetrators and adolescent males affected by domestic violence. He also taught as an adjunct professor and published original research in the area of Evolutionary Psychology. In 2005, he completed an APA-accredited internship at Hutchings Psychiatric Center with a major rotation at Madison County Mental Health Department. At Hutchings Psychiatric Center he provided clinical evaluations, risk assessments and treatment on the secure forensic unit. Much of his work was with inpatient sex offenders and patients found not responsible for crimes committed due to their mental illness. At Madison County he provided clinical evaluations, risk assessments and treatment to outpatients involved with the forensic services team, including outpatient sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators. Dr. Wisniewski earned his second doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UMBC in 2006. As a postdoctoral fellow he trained professionals at sites across Maryland in Motivational Interviewing to enhance client outcomes as part of a community collaboration between UMBC and the Maryland AIDS Administration

In 2007, Dr. Wisniewski began work as an Associate Psychologist with the New York State Office of Mental Health, Division of Forensics Services in the Bureau of Sex Offender Evaluation and Treatment. His 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). He was licensed in the field of psychology in the state of New York in 2008. At that time, he was promoted to Psychiatric Examiner, and his duties included evaluation of individuals under SOMTA and expert testimony with regard to his findings. During this time period, Dr. Wisniewski also worked at Forensic Mental Health Associates providing treatment to outpatient sex offenders. He has provided trainings on the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders both to sites within the Office of Mental Health and to programs across New York State. Dr. Wisniewski is an active Clinical Member of the national chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), and a member of the New York State Chapter of ATSA. Additionally, he is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

Trainings Provided Outside the Office of Mental Health

September 23rd, 2011
Effective Treatment, Management and Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community by Timothy J. Wisniewski. Hosted by the New York Center for Addiction Treatment Services, Inc.

May 24th, 2011
Sex Offender Treatment: What is it and What do we Treat. Part 1 of the “How to Effectively Treat and Manage Sex Offenders in the Community Series by Timothy J. Wisniewski. Presented at the New York State Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers 2011 Conference

March 29th, 2011
Sex Offender Treatment by Timothy J. Wisniewski, Ph.D., and Naomi Freeman, Ph.D. Presented at the Effective Response to Sexual Assault: Essential Knowledge for Multi-Disciplinary Team Members Conference

October 27th, 2010
Reentry of Sex Offenders: How to Effectively Treat and Supervise Sex Offenders in the Community by Naomi J. Freeman, PhD, Timothy J. Wisniewski, PhD, Noel Thomas, M.A., and William Myers. Presented at the New York State Reentry Skills Training Conference Organized by the NYS DCJS, DOCS, and Parole in cooperation with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office

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