Associate Professor, School of Psychology
B.A. University of Florida
M.S./Ed.S. Florida State University
Ph.D. New York University
2016 Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching
Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology
Forensic Clinical Assessment
Critical Issues in Forensic Psychology
Forensic Clinical Psychology
Dr. Costopoulos' career has been in the area of forensic psychology. She comes to Florida Tech after serving as the senior forensic psychologist for the Sexually Violent Predator Program of Florida (also known as the Jimmy Ryce Act). Previously she served at a forensic psychiatric inpatient unit at Florida State Hospital where she conducted therapy and assessments, and testified to the court on issues of residents' competency to stand trial, commitment for hospitalization and other forensic matters. While there, she received a number of awards for her outstanding work and contributions. Besides her substantial clinical experience, Dr. Costopoulos has served as an adjunct instructor at several universities, teaching psychology, statistics, and research methods courses to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to her faculty duties, Dr. Costopoulos serves as the Undergraduate Psychology Internship Director and Director of the Forensic Concentration for the Clinical PsyD program.
Director, Forensic Concentration for the PsyD Program
Director, Undergraduate Psychology Internship
Dr. Costopoulos is coordinating a number of studies examining the efficacy of programs in the community managing mentally ill offenders. A study nearing completion evaluates intrapsychic traits differing between murderers and sexual offenders. She is also collecting data regarding the impact of culture on academic honesty.
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Costopoulos, J.S., Swanson, J.M., Tyc, V.L., Tapley, R.E., & Burns, G.N. (in press). The impact of substance arrests on the efficacy of Mental Health Court. Psychological Injury and Law
Costopoulos, J.S. (2019). Aggression in an Inpatient Psychiatric Facility: A retrospective longitudinal study. Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice, 19(3), 242-259. DOI: 10.1080/24732850.2019.1603505
Costopoulos, J.S. & Juni, S. (2018). Psychoanalytic understanding of the origins of sexual violence. Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice, 18(1), 57-76. doi:10.1080/24732850.2018.1430936
Farahat, A.M. & Costopoulos, J.S. (2018). Cultural impact on ethical values of Saudi Arabian students in the United States higher education system. Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 55(1), 1-9.
Costopoulos, J.S. & Wellman, B.L. (2017) The effectiveness of one Mental Health Court: Overcoming criminal history. Psychological Injury and Law, 10(3), 254-263.
Costopoulos, J.S., Plewinski, A.M., Monaghan, P.L., & Edkins, V.A. (2017). The impact of US government assistance on recidivism. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 27(4), 303-311. doi 10.1002/cbm.1997
Costopoulos, J.S. (2017) Dissertation demystified. In Zavattaro, S. & Orr, S. (Eds). Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond (pp. 63-65). New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.
Baker, J.N. & Costopoulos, J.S. (2016). Building moral and social excellence in youth. [Review of the book Turning the Tide of Male Juvenile Delinquency: The ocean tides approach, by L.C. Grebstein & J.A. Van Wyk]. PsycCRITIQUES, 61(3).
Costopoulos, J.S., & Rock, R. S. M. (2016). Efficacy of an experiential career curriculum on professionalism. Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 53(3-4), 1-10.
Juni, S., & Gross*, J.S. (2008). Persuasive and emotional perception of fonts. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 106, 35-42.
Juni, S., Gross*, J.S., & Sokolowska, J. (2006). Academic cheating as a function of defense mechanisms and object relations. Psychological Reports, 98, 627-639.
*published under maiden name