Forensic Psychology, Law Enforcement Crisis De-Escalation, Victim Experiences, Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Dr. Ramsdell is an Associate Professor of Psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to teaching psychology at the undergraduate level he also works as a forensic psychologist; serving as an expert witness consultant, primarily in cases involving law enforcement officer use of force and crisis de-escalation with individuals experiencing mental health crises. He also serves as a trainer for federal and local government law enforcement agencies and local police Crisis Intervention Teams. Prior to his promotion to his academic position, he trained and worked as a psychologist at several maximum-security mental hospitals and a county jail.
His current work, both academic and consulting, focuses on the law enforcement interactions with individuals with severe mental illnesses, law enforcement Crisis Intervention Teams, the psychology of victim experiences, and psychological factors related to criminal behavior.
He serves as Chair of the College's Term Faculty Affairs Committee and also serves/has served on other Departmental and College level committees.
He is a recipient of the University's Teaching Excellence Award as well as the Psychology Department's Outstanding Faculty Award.
PSYC 380 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSYC 381 - Mental Illness and Criminal Justice
PSYC 382 - Psychology of Crime Victims
PSYC 440 - Forensic Psychology: Science and Pseudoscience
PSYC 441 - Criminal Behavior: Neurological and Psychological Aspects