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Ashley Batastini

Dr. Ashley Batastini

Assistant Professor


Dr. Batastini earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University in 2015, after completing an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Batastini's program of research primarily focuses on developing and exploring innovative intervention strategies for criminal justice-involved populations that aim to improve mental health, behavioral, and systemic factors associated with continued antisocial conduct. In addition to correctional mental health treatment, Dr. Batastini and her team conduct research related to the use of administrative segregation, community re-entry barriers, violence risk communication, and applications of telepsychology. Dr. Batastini is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Mississippi and has specialized training in forensic mental health assessment, including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, Miranda waiver, and violence risk assessment.

  • PHD - Texas Tech University (2015)
  • MS - Drexel University (2010)
  • BS - University of Pittsburgh (2007)

Adult Cognitive Abilities (PSY 641)
Objective Personality Testing (PSY 740)
General Psychology (PSY 110)
Clinical Practicum

  • The psychological impact of solitary: A longitudinal comparison of general population and long-term administratively segregated male inmates, Legal and Criminological Psychology, 2018, 10.1111/lcrp.12125
  • Quantitative syntheses on the effects of administrative segregation on prisoners’ well-being, Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law, 2016, 10.1037/law0000089
  • Mental illness in the eyes of the law: Examining self and public perceptions of stigma among judges and attorneys, Psychology, Crime and Law, 2017, 10.1080/1068316X.2017.1406092
  • Clues from the digital world: A survey of clinician’s reliance on social media as collateral data in forensic evaluations, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2018, 10.1037/pro0000206
  • Does the format of the message effect what is heard? A two-part study on the communication of violence risk assessment data, Journal of Forensic Psychology: Research and Practice, 2018, 10.1080/24732850.2018.1538474
  • Telepsychological services with criminal justice and substance abusing clients: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Psychological Services, 2016, 10.1037/ser0000042
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  • Civil Commitment Examiner Certification
  • License to Practice Psychology
  • American Psychology–Law Society
  • Psychologists in Public Service
  • Society of Counseling Psychology
  • The American Psychological Association
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Counseling Psychology, Psychodiagnostic Testing, Correctional Psychology, Forensic Psychology