Gerald Sweet, PhD
Dr. Gerald Sweet is a forensic and police psychologist who came to MSPP in 2012 as a member of the faculty in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. He is on the faculty committee that has developed the Military Veterans Psychology Concentration and the Train Vets to Treat Vets Program. He also teaches a course on Police Psychology and Clinical Seminar I.
Dr. Sweet began his career as Chief Psychologist and Coordinator of Psychiatric Emergency Room Services at Framingham Union Hospital, and as an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. In this position he provided consultation and treatment to patients with medical and psychiatric illnesses, and taught medical residents, interns and medical students.
Dr. Sweet was on the staff of Behavioral Science Services of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1995 to 2010. In that capacity he provided a variety of services to police officers, including individual psychotherapy, debriefings after officer-involved-shootings and other critical incidents, and crisis intervention. He consulted to the Department regarding suicide risk, dangerousness in the workplace, and duty assignments. He was a consultant to the SWAT/Crisis Negotiation Team where he profiled violent individuals who became involved in hostage and barricade situations. In the area of organizational consultation, Dr. Sweet worked with Special Operations Bureau (Metropolitan Division and Air Support Division), Counterterrorism and Criminal Investigation Bureau (Major Crimes Division, Explosives Unit, Operation Archangel, Special Investigations Section, and the Bomb K-9 Unit), and several geographic areas. He provided crime specific consultation to the Threat Assessment Unit and several other detective units. Dr. Sweet and his co-workers developed the LAPD's reintegration program for police officers returning from military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was actively involved in the training of police officers. Dr. Sweet has also consulted to other police departments in southern California and eastern Massachusetts regarding fitness for duty, post-OIS debriefing, threat assessment, and organizational behavior.
Dr. Sweet is a corporate consultant for International Assessment Services, a group that provides consulting services in the areas of threat assessment, workplace violence, risk management, and other sensitive personnel matters. He has consulted to numerous private corporations, high technology companies, commercial airlines, municipal and state organizations, and educational institutions.
Dr. Sweet is also an experienced forensic psychologist in civil matters who has worked with attorneys as a trial consultant and an expert witness.
Dr. Sweet earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. He completed a two year NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and medical psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is a fellow of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.
Earlier in his career Dr. Sweet served as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Service Corps.