william t. rossiter award
2017 William T. Rossiter Award Winner
Edward Latessa, PhD
Each year FMHAC presents the William T. Rossiter award to an individual who has contributed widely to the field of Forensic Mental Health and treatment of mentally ill involved with criminal justice system and is known for distinguished service.
This year, the award goes to Dr. Edward
Latessa, Director and Professor of the School of
Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Dr.
Latessa specializes in research on improving outcomes for justice involved individuals with mental illness and reducing the risk of criminal re-offense. He has published over 150 works in the areas of criminal justice, corrections and juvenile justice over 37 years in the field. He and his staff have assessed over 600 correctional programs throughout the United States and he has provided assistance and workshops in over 48 states.
Dr. Latessa is best known in our field for his work on distinguishing who to target for intensive treatment, which criminogenic factors to target and the types of treatment to use, such as action-oriented rather than talk therapy. This has been a major influence in community and correctional mental health throughout the country.
We are thrilled to award this year's Rossiter Award to Dr. Edward Latessa.