Krissie Fernandez Smith, Ph.D., ABPP
Krissie Fernandez Smith, Ph.D., ABPP , MD, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a forensic emphasis from Sam Houston State University in 2007. She completed a predoctoral internship at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare in Massillon, Ohio, a minimum-security hospital that provides inpatient care of acutely mentally ill individuals as well as forensic patients that have been found incompetent to stand trial or acquitted as not guilty by reason of insanity. Once she received her doctoral degree, she worked in the Michigan Department of Corrections at the Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson, Michigan from 2007 to 2008. She was employed as a Consulting Forensic Examiner at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, Michigan from 2008 to 2010.
While there, she completed court ordered evaluations of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and competency to waive Miranda rights. From 2010 to 2016, she was employed as a staff psychologist at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic. In this position, she completed court-ordered evaluations of individuals involved in juvenile justice and child protection proceedings. As a bilingual psychologist, she has worked with individuals who speak either English or Spanish. Since 2016, she has been employed as the Associate Director of the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and provides training for their Psychiatry and Law fellowship program. She became board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2017. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and currently services as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and its examination faculty.