Katrina Colistra, Psy.D.
Katrina Colistra earned her Masterís Degree in criminal justice in from Northeastern University in 2000. She went on to earn her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2007. While in graduate school she specialized in Forensic Psychology and trained in various forensic settings including the Federal Medical Center in Devens, MA; The Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons in Bridgewater, MA; The Division of Youth Services in Boston, MA; and Bedford Policy Institute in Braintree, MA. In these settings she began her work with people who committed sexual offenses, which led to her interest and completion of her doctoral project entitled, An Investigation of Common Factors in Those Who Dropout or Do Not Complete Sex Offender Specific Treatment. She then completed her pre-doctoral training as an intern at The Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, NC, where her rotations included the residential sex offender treatment program, as well as a forensic and general population rotations.
Following her graduation she was employed with the New York State Office of Mental Health in the Bureau of Sex Offender Evaluation Assessment And Treatment, where she worked as a Psychiatric Examiner following her licensure. The duties of this position included evaluating detained sex offenders in New York State for the presence of a Mental Abnormality and Dangerousness. She routinely testified to her findings in Supreme Courts across the state. In her position she educated the courts on sex offender related issues and collaborated with various stakeholder agencies on a routine basis.
After five years with New York State Office of Mental Health, she formed a private forensic practice with one colleague who also specializes in sex offender evaluations and treatment. On a daily basis she manages a variety of duties that include providing treatment to groups and individuals, conducting forensic evaluations, teaching undergraduate courses at local colleges, as well as general business duties. She is also a member of National ATSA, APA, and AP-LS.