Dr. Jim Degroot
Dr. Degroot earned his B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University in 1971, his M.A. from Antioch University in 1977, and his PhD from Catholic University of America in 1983.
did postdoctoral study at Wright State University
He was the Director of Psychology Internship rotations at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Medical College of Georgia.
also held a faculty appointment at the Medical College of Georgia
Dr. DeGroot has been the Director of Mental Health for Georgia's Department of Corrections for 15 years.
He previously worked as a psychologist at Georgia's maximum-security prison for 7 years.
Dr. DeGroot is currently a member of a number of boards that are working to reduce recidivism and facilitate re-entry (i.e. The Crisis Intervention Team Advisory Board, the Governor's Mental Health Summit, Georgia's Re-entry Impact Program, Georgia's Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, The Crisis Intervention Team Steering Committee, and The Academic and Health Policy Institute on Correctional Health).
He also works as an expert witness for jail and prison civil rights litigation and consults with both the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Social Security Administration.
Additionally, he is a guest lecturer at a number of universities and is a member of Georgia State University's Institutional Review Board.
and I have been running the affiliate's support group for about 11 years, and in that time period and have seen countless family members helped.