Forensic and Legal Psychology
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Psy.D., University of Hartford
- Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
- Psychology and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
- Forensic Assessment
- Labeling and the Stigma of Mental Illness
- Externalizing Disorders in Youth
- Burnout Among Correctional Treatment Providers and Staff
- Psychological Evaluation of Juvenile Offenders
Dr. McNett is a licensed clinical psychologist with practice and teaching experience in child and adolescent mental health and special interest in externalizing disorders and youth behaviors that can result in contact with the juvenile justice system. Dr. McNett has worked in inpatient hospital settings, community mental health centers, clinical day treatment schools, and juvenile detention and has performed psychological evaluations of juvenile offenders for the court system in multiple states.
Dr. McNett has a longstanding research interest in the stigma of mental illness. Work within the juvenile justice system made clear that stigma is often a barrier to treatment among this population. Dr. McNett is also interested in juvenile justice professionals’ perceptions of mental health disorders and how the diagnostic process can impact identification of youth in need of intervention. Dr. McNett enjoys providing training for working professionals and maintains a commitment to conducting research that can guide staff development.