Dr. Michele Galietta is Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York where she served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program from 2005-2013. Dr. Galietta is a researcher and clinician specializing in the application, adaptation and dissemination of empirically-supported treatments to forensic and correctional settings. Her areas of clinical expertise include the assessment and treatment of violence, self-harm, and suicide across the lifespan. For the last decade she has been studying the assessment and treatment of stalking and interpersonal violence. For the last 15 years, she has developed specialized behavioral treatment programs in a variety of settings. Dr.Galietta has created specialized units and/or consulted to numerous civil, forensic and correctional settings, as well as trained and consulted internationally on the adaptation and application of dialectical behavior therapy, risk assessment, and complex needs case formulation and treatment and risk management planning.
Dr. Galietta was one of the Principle Investigators of a NIMH funded RCT on the adaptation and use of DBT for interpersonal violence. She has studied and published on the application of DBT to psychopathic offenders. In addition, Dr. Galietta has consulted to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and several state prisons and jails on the development of correctional dialectical behavior therapy programs. One such program involved gender-specific and trauma-informed DBT programming for female inmates. Dr. Galietta is well known for being able to translate complex treatment principles simply to clinicians, officers, and other front line staff and her trainings are consistently well-received. She has conducted training for New York City Police Officers on communicating with mentally ill individuals, as well as hostage negotiations. Dr. Galietta has appeared on CNN and Court TV, and has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and other media outlets.