Amanda Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dickmeyer Hall 208

*Dr. Zelechoski is on sabbatical leave for the 2018-2019 academic year.



Amanda Zelechoski joined the Valparaiso University faculty in 2011. She is a licensed attorney and clinical psychologist specializing in the areas of trauma and forensic psychology. She is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and has worked clinically with adults, children, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings. Dr. Zelechoski directs the Psychology, Law, and Trauma lab and her primary research interests include forensic and mental health assessment, at-risk, delinquent, and traumatized youth, child custody and child welfare, and the intersection of psychology, law, and public policy. In addition to her roles at Valparaiso University, Dr. Zelechoski is a Risk Management Consultant for The Trust, providing legal, ethical, and risk consultation and training for mental health professionals, as well as an Associate Editor for Law and Human Behavior. Dr. Zelechoski also conducts forensic and psychological evaluations and has provided training and consultation to numerous mental health, law enforcement, and correctional agencies. Outside of the classroom and lab, Dr. Zelechoski and her husband enjoy trying to keep up with their three sons and feisty yellow lab.


B.A. (Psychology) – University of Notre Dame
J.D. (Law) – Villanova University
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) – Drexel University
Postdoctoral Fellowship – The Trauma Center at JRI

Courses Taught

COUN 602: Research Methods
COUN 635: Introduction to Psychopathology
COUN 686: Internship
COUN 693:  Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling
PSY 102: Introductory Professional Development in Psychology
PSY 111: Laboratory in General Experimental Psychology
PSY 215: Lifespan Development
PSY 260: Psychotherapy & Counseling
PSY 302: Advanced Professional Development in Psychology
PSY 330: Child and Adolescent Development
PSY 380: Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course
PSY 465/565: Psychology & Law

Research Interests

At-Risk and Delinquent Youth
Incarcerated and Forensic Populations
Forensic Mental Health Assessment
Child Custody and Child Welfare
Law, Ethics, and Risk Management in Mental Health

Selected Contributions

Zelechoski, A. D., Wolbransky, M., & Riggs Romaine, C. L. (2018). Activities for teaching psychology and law: A guide for instructors. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Zelechoski, A. D., Riggs Romaine, C. L., & Wolbransky, M. (2017). Teaching psychology and law: An empirical evaluation of experiential learning. Teaching of Psychology, 44, 222-231.

Guy, L. S. & Zelechoski, A. D. (2017). Civil forensic assessment. In R. Roesch & A. N. Cook (Eds.), Handbook of Forensic Mental Health Services. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Zelechoski, A. D., Cox, A. & Harper, M. (2016). Placing undergraduate researchers in juvenile detention. CUR Quarterly, 36(4).

Zelechoski, A. D. (2015). Trauma, adverse experience, and offending. In K. Heilbrun, D. DeMatteo, & N. S. Goldstein (Eds.), APA Handbook of Psychology and Juvenile Justice (pp325-342). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Freedle, A. & Zelechoski, A. D. (2015). Parenting capacity evaluation in Poland: A descriptive analysis. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14, 181-192.

Zelechoski, A. D., Sharma, R., Baserra, K., Miguel, J., DeMarco, M., & Spinazzola, J. (2013). Traumatized youth in residential treatment settings: Prevalence, clinical presentation, treatment, and policy implications. Journal of Family Violence, 28, 639-652.

Goldstein, N. E. S., Serico, J. M., Riggs Romaine, C. L., Zelechoski, A. D., Kalbeitzer, R., Kemp, K., & Lane, C. (2013).  Development of the Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) Treatment for Girls. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20, 171-188.

Zelechoski, A. D., Fuhrmann, G. S. W., Zibbell, R. A., & Cavallero, L. M. (2012). Evaluation for child custody: Using best practices in a worst-case scenario. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 12, 457-470.


American Psychology-Law Society, Early Career Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award (2016)

Valparaiso University, Philip and Miriam Kapfer Endowed Faculty Research Award (2016)

Valparaiso University, College of Arts & Sciences, inaugural Emerging Teacher Award (2014)

NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS), Research Fellow (2013)

American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Dissertation Award (2008)


American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; Division 41 of APA)

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC; National and Indiana Chapters)

Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice (Division 42 of APA)

Indiana Psychological Association (IPA)

Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of APA)

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