James Degroot

James F. Degroot

President at International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology

897 Oak Park Blvd. #124, Pismo Beach, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(805) 489-0665

General Information


United Behavioral Health Solutions (UBHS)

National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Director of Mental Health  - Department of Corrections

U.S. Army

Director of the Child Psychology Internship Rotation  - Eisenhower Army Medical Center

Director of Psychology Internship Rotations  - Medical College of Georgia


Clinical Child Psychology , Wright State University

B.A.  - Cardinal Stritch University

M.A.  - Antioch University

PhD  - Catholic University of America


Member of Institutional Review Board  - Georgia State University

Recent News  

Dr. Emily Salisbury, editor of the journal, Dr. Jim Degroot, President of IACFP, and Michael Clark, MSW - IACFP President-elect, will make presentations at this mini-conference on Strength-based practice, Motivational Interviewing, and Gender Responsive strategies for direct practice work [...]

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James DeGroot, PhD, State Mental Health Director, Georgia Department of Corrections
Dr. DeGroot, a licensed psychologist, has worked in correctional mental health for 26 years. He worked for seven years at Georgia's maximum security prison and has been the state mental health director for 19 years. He has testified for the PREA Commission, at NIC hearings and as a defendant expert for state DOCs in federal court. Dr. DeGroot serves on a number of boards and committees that are working to enhance public mental health and public safety, reduce recidivism and facilitate reentry (e.g., the Crisis Intervention Team Advisory Board, Georgia's Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, the Association of Correctional Mental Health Administrators' Administrative Committee and the Georgia NAMI Board of Directors). He is the president-elect of the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology.

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Jim Degroot, Ph.D,
Director of Mental Health Georgia Dept. of Mental Health (770) 356-1830

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