Richard M. Hamill, Ph.D.

Richard M. Hamill, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with some twenty-seven years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of adolescent and adult sex offenders.  His graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of Albany (SUNYA), and his clinical work in the field of chemical dependence, provided the academic and experiential basis from which Dr. Hamill started his work in sex offender treatment in 1979.  Now in his twenty-sixth year at St. Anne Institute in Albany, Dr. Hamill helped create the first community-based treatment program in New York State for adolescent sex abusers.  His private practice group, Forensic Mental Health Associates, now in its twenty-fifth year, currently provides treatment services to approximately one hundred sixty sex offenders referred from local probation departments, Family Court, the New York State Division of Parole and the United States Probation Department.

His professional work with sex offenders is informed by his on-going clinical experience with victims of sexual abuse.  Dr. Hamill regularly provides evaluations and treatment services to child and adult victims of sexual assault.  He serves currently as the President of the Board of Directors of the START Children’s Center, the child advocacy center serving Rensselaer County, where he has been a member of the multi-disciplinary team for more than twenty years.

As the Project Director of the Capital District Coalition for Sex Offender Management, Dr. Hamill developed this model regional project using a $250,000 implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Assistance) Center for Sex Offender Management, as well as State and local county funding.  The goal of this innovative project is to enhance the investigation, prosecution, community supervision and treatment of sex offenders in a victim-centered model, within the five counties of the Capital District.  Also, Dr. Hamill is Consultant to the Catskill Region Coalition for Sex Offender Management, a similar four county project focusing on adolescent sexual abusers, also funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dr. Hamill served for ten years as the first President of the New York State chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (1995-2005).  Since 1994, he has served as President of the New York State Alliance of Sex Offender Services Providers.  In New York State, these are the two largest professional organizations in the field of sex offender management. 

Dr. Hamill has published recent articles on sex offender management in Criminal Justice (2002), a journal of the American Bar Association, and in Empire State Prosecutor (2003), the journal of the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute.   He is a co-author of the Guidelines for the Forensic Interviewing of Children (2003), a state-of-the-art manual for the investigation of child abuse cases in New York State which is currently being distributed through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  Also, in 2003, he and Daniel Saunders authored a monograph for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) entitled, “Offender Interventions to End Violence Against Women: A Research Synthesis for Practitioners,” which presented an overview of interventions for sex offenders and batterers.

Richard Hamill has presented training workshops and professional consultation to organizations including: the American Bar Association, the United States Attorney’s Office, the New York State Office of Court Administration, the New York State Department of Health Office of Professional Medical Conduct, and the New York State Children’s Justice Task Force.  Dr. Hamill has also worked actively to develop services for child and adult victims of sexual assault, including the child advocacy center in Rensselaer County (the START Children’s Center), and the New York State Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center.  For his work in advocating for children’s justice reform, Dr. Hamill is the 2007 recipient of the Jane Barker and Leah Harrison Child Advocacy Award, given by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.