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Kimberly Larson, J.D., Ph.D. (MA)
Kimberly Larson is an Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry Department at UMass Med, where she is part of the Law and Psychiatry Program and the Center for Mental Health Services Research. Her interests focus on juveniles' psychological developmental capacities in legal contexts and the application of psychological literature to create policy.

Dr. Larson is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to provide assistance to states that are writing juvenile competence to stand trial (JCST) laws or implementing JCST laws and/or services, and she wrote a guide designed to provide assistance to those creating JCST legislation. She also is currently working on a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded project examining juveniles' understanding of their right to counsel and teaches graduate level courses in the area of law and psychology. With funding from NIJ, she is also currently conducting research on juveniles' understanding of their waiver of counsel and the role parents play in youths' decision-making process.

Dr. Larson received her law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. She is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Law and Psychiatry Program.

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