Dr. Greg Parks is Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma City Community College and a forensic psychologist. In his clinical work, he specializes in psychological evaluations for the juvenile court. He provides consultation on juvenile justice and child welfare cases and volunteers considerable time in efforts toward juvenile justice and child welfare system improvement. His academic work is driven by a commitment to education as a catalyst for social change, which has been reflected in a passion for expanding educational opportunity for at-risk populations.
Dr. Parks has a breadth of experience in the juvenile justice system at federal, state, and county levels, serving in various clinical and administrative roles in both public and private agencies. He began his work with at-risk youth as a volunteer mentor, followed by working as a home-based therapist for families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. He became a foster parent and then established a group home for adolescent males. While completing doctoral work in Washington, DC, he was employed as a program specialist at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). He left federal employment and returned to Oklahoma to complete his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the state's most secure juvenile facility. In addition to extensive experience in the Oklahoma juvenile justice system, Dr. Parks has worked in the Texas system, including the Texas Juvenile Justice Department's Capital and Serious Violent Offender Treatment Program and as a staff psychologist for the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department in Austin.
Dr. Parks completed post-doctoral training at the University Of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), where he was appointed adjunct clinical faculty. There he helped to implement a Multisystem Therapy (MST) treatment program and was trained as an MST therapist and supervisor. He also gained clinical experience in the nationally recognized treatment programs at OUHSC for Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior and Adolescents with Illegal Sexual Behavior. Additionally, he received specialized training in child maltreatment through the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect.
Dr. Parks currently serves on the Oklahoma State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SAG) as well as the State Post adjudication Review Advisory Board (PARB). He is part of the Oklahoma Juvenile Justice Reform Collaborative and the Count Me In 4 Kids Public/Private Collaborative. He routinely serves on peer-review panels for federal grant initiatives related to juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health.