Police and Public Safety

Members of this section work with law enforcement, fire departments, nuclear regulatory agencies, emergency medical services and other public safety entities. They are involved in the selection of employees, fitness for duty evaluations, critical incident stress debriefing, management of mental health programs, criminal investigative analysis (profiling) and hostage negotiations.


Section Officers

Chair-Elect: Jay Supnick, PhD, ABPP

Jay A. Supnick, PhD, ABPP, founded Law Enforcement Psychological Associates in 1997. He is a board-certified specialist in police and public safety psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and holds a diploma in police psychology from the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology. 

Trained as a clinical psychologist, Supnick received his doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton and did his internship at Brown University. Supnick began practicing psychology in the Rochester community in 1985 as a full time faculty member with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He entered full time psychotherapy and consulting practice in 1992.

Supnick is a member of the Police Psychology Service Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, the APA Div. 18 Police and Public Safety Section, the American Psychology and Law Society and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Supnick is an associate member of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. He has also served on various committees, including the Racial Profiling Ad Hoc Committee, the Pre-employment Psychological Screening Guidelines Committee, Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Guideline Committee and the Psychological Screening for Specialty Units Committee for the IACP Police Psychology Service Section. Supnick has consulted with law enforcement agencies and private industry in such areas as pre-employment psychological evaluations, psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations, hostage/crisis negotiation, violence prevention, threat assessment and critical incident stress debriefing.

Immediate Past Chair: Casey O. Stewart, PsyD, ABPP

Casey O. Stewart, PsyD, ABPP, is a police, forensic and consulting psychologist who received his doctorate from Pacific University. He served as staff psychologist for the NYPD and was an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Stewart presently works in private practice, providing assessment and consultation services to numerous government and private organization across the U.S. He conducts ongoing research in the area of police selection and received the 2009 APA research award for his study on the validity of the CPI in predicting police applicant suitability. He presents nationally on assessment and ethics in police psychology. Stewart has coauthored articles and a book chapter on topics related to the assessment of law enforcement officers and police violence. He serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Ethics Consultation Committee and the Oregon Ethics Committee. He was president of the American Academy of Police & Public Safety and former chair of the APA Div. 18 Police and Public Safety Section.

Stewart co-chaired the revisions committee for the 2013 IACP psychological fitness-for-duty evaluation guidelines. Stewart is the recipient of the APA Div.18, Police and Public Safety Section's 2013 Eileen Gupton Award for Early Career Achievement in the field of police and public safety psychology. Stewart recently co-authored a white paper on police reform in response to special litigation findings and recommendations from the Department of Justice regarding unconstitutional policing in the U.S.

Secretary-Treasurer: Brian Mangan, PsyD

Brian Mangan, Psy.D., ABPP, is a Florida licensed psychologist and board certified in police and public safety psychology. He currently serves as the president of Law Enforcement Psychological & Counseling Associates in Miami. Mangan is active with APA Div. 18: Psychologists in Public Service, currently serving as secretary/treasurer of the Police and Public Safety Section. He is also a member of the IACP Police Psychological Services Section, currently serving as the member-at-large membership chair, and recently completed a three-year appointment to the Ethics Consultation Committee. Additionally, he served as a member of the Officer Involved Shooting Guidelines Revision Committee (2013) and the Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluation Guidelines Revision Committee (2013). He is also a member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and the Consortium of Police Psychological Services (COPPS), serving as the conference chair for COPPS in 2008 and 2013.

Mangan consults with over sixty law enforcement agencies in Florida, primarily conducting pre-employment psychological screenings, psychological fitness for duty evaluations, and critical incident stress debriefings. Moreover, his office coordinates the Officer Assistance Program with the City of Miami, Coral Gables and Hialeah Police Departments and conducts trainings with multiple agencies in Florida regarding pre-employment screening, line supervision, stress management and critical incident stress debriefing.

Student Representative: Konstantinos Papazoglou, MA

Konstantinos Papazoglou is a psychology doctoral (PhD) candidate (clinical - forensic area) and a Vanier Scholar at the University of Toronto (UofT). He is a former police captain of the Hellenic Police Force and the European Police College. He holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from New York University (NYU) as Onassis Scholar. 

Currently, his research work focuses on stress, trauma prevention, and resilience promotion among police officers. Towards this direction he has received numerous research grants and he established research collaboration with many law enforcement agencies in US, Canada, and Europe. He has published many scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

In addition, he presented his research work in many scientific venues (e.g., APA, ACJS, ISTSS) and received many awards (e.g., American Psychological Association – Criminal Justice Section Outstanding Doctoral Research Award; American Psychological Foundation – Levinson Scholarship Award; American Psychological Association – Police and Public Safety Section - Outstanding Doctoral Research Award). Further, he conducted workshops and presented to numerous government agencies in US, Canada, and Europe (e.g., Federal Police University of Germany, Police University College of Finland, European Police College, Canada Department of National Defence – Research Centre, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, etc.).


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