Vol. 34, Issue 3
Summer 2022
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In This Issue
SPECIAL FEATURE
Farewell Letter to Maia
REGULAR FEATURES
Editor's Column
ATSA Presidentís Column
FEATURED ARTICLES
Alcohol, Consent Education, and Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Opportunities for Prevention?
Bestiality and its Relevance in Psychosexual Evaluations
Treating Anxious Teens in an Anxious World
Examining the Dark Sides of Psychedelic Therapy
RESEARCH CORNER
How to Treat Youths who have Committed Sexual Offenses
COMMITEE UPDATES
Child and Adolescent Committee
Membership Committee
EMPLOYMENT ADVERTISEMENT
Membership Coordinator for ATSA
BOOK REVIEWS
Cybersex Unplugged: Finding Sexual Health in an Electronic World
Weston Edwards, David Delmonico,and Elizabeth Griffin
2011 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 212 pages
ISBN-13:978-1453626450 $22.95 via Amazon (paperback)
The Correctional Helicopter: How and Why Correctional Agencies Fail to Rehabilitate Offenders
Richard J. Parker, Ph.D.
2022 Tellwell Talent 266 pages
ISBN-13 978-0228873235 Hardcover: $21.38 (Amazon)
MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
Gregg Belle, Ph.D. of Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
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ATSA Forum Editor:
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Managing Editor:
Tegan Waring, B.A.

Editoral Board Members:
Katherine Gotch, M.A., LPC
Deirdre M. D'Orazio, Ph.D.
Rosaura Cruz, Ph.D.

Associate Editor of Research Corner:
Ian McPhail, Ph.D.

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Becky Palmer, M.S.

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Shoshanna Must, Ph.D.
Robert Parham, M.A.
Jim Reynolds, Ph.D.
Tracy Tholin, LCPC, LSOTP

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Sharon Kelley, Psy.D.
Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center
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MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
Gregg Belle, Ph.D. of Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

What year did you become an ATSA member?

I joined ATSA in September 2012, though I have been attending ATSA conferences since 2009.

Tell us about your experience in ATSA and your work with this population. Feel free to identify your accomplishments.

Having conducted Sexually Dangerous Person (SDP) evaluations and sexual offender risk assessments for over 16 years in Massachusetts, ATSA continues to be an invaluable resource.  In my varying roles as an evaluator, administrator, and educator, it is essential that I stay updated on the research and best practices in both the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders.

For almost 10 years I oversaw contracts with the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) that provided a pool of Qualified Examiners (QE) to conduct SDP evaluations.  ATSA conferences and website resources have provided a wealth of opportunities to learn and understand how sex offender civil commitment evaluations are conducted in different states and countries.  I have also been able to learn from fellow administrators some of the challenges and obstacles they have faced within their respective programs.

For 9 years I have been an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.  I teach undergraduate courses in Psychopathology and have taught graduate level courses in their Master of Arts in Forensic and Legal Psychology program.  I always look forward to the first few lectures after an ATSA conference to share with my students what I learned and experienced.

What are some challenges in your work?

Establishing a practice, Forensic Insight Group, in January 2020 with my business partner and fellow ATSA member Angela Johnson, Psy.D., a few months before the COVID-19 lockdowns posed unique challenges to our practice.  It forced us to expand the types of services and consultations we provide regarding assessing and treating of sexual offenders.  

A significant challenge in my ability to conduct SDP evaluations as a Qualified Examiner is the limitations imposed by the Massachusetts DOC.  As a QE, I am only able to use psychological assessments that have been approved by the DOC.  Specifically, the only approved actuarial tool at this time is the Static-99R.  This certainly creates an unfortunate obstacle in my ability to follow best practices within these restrictive guidelines.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up 30 miles south of Boston and continue to live in Southeastern Massachusetts.  I graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  I then completed a forensic postdoctoral fellowship through the Law and Psychiatry Program at UMass Medical School.

I met my wife in preparation for my first time ever testifying in an SDP hearing.  I was her expert witness as she was the prosecuting attorney.  When I tell people that a pedophile brought us together, it is not a joke.  Sometimes you truly cannot make this stuff up!

What are some interesting things about the area where you work and live? This is for people who may not be familiar with the area where you are from.

My practice is in Quincy, Massachusetts.  Quincy is the 7th largest city in the state.  It is also known as the "City of Presidents" because it is the birthplace of two U.S. presidents John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams.  John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, is also from Quincy. 

As an avid sports fan, I take great pride that over the past 10+ years, Boston is now known as the “City of Champions” with our beloved New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and soon-to-be champs again Boston Celtics.

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