Scott Bresler, PhD

Scott Bresler, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati,
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience

Scott A. Bresler, Ph.D., is a clinical forensic psychologist, Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; he serves as Clinical Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Bresler runs the Psychology Assessment Services at The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, providing diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations for challenging psychiatric inpatient cases. Some of his overall responsibilities include coordinating and performing risk assessment for suicide and violence that emerges in various community settings including the workplace, schools, and within institutionalized settings (hospitals, jails, prisons). He regularly performs violence risk assessments in both civil and criminal court cases and has consulted with multiple law enforcement agencies, both regionally and nationally. Dr. Bresler has crafted workplace violence policies that have been implemented in private industry and large public agencies, and he has help establish their Threat Assessment Teams.

Dr. Bresler has trained staff at various agencies to recognize risk for violence situations and how to respond to them. He performs fitness for duty assessments for both pre-employment positions with security concerns, and post-employment for high trust jobs (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, police, fire personnel, air traffic controllers, lawyers). Dr. Bresler has served as an expert witness in legal cases and provided testimony addressing various issues including trial competency, criminal responsibility, death penalty mitigation, and suspected false confessions. His expertise has been solicited by state attorneys general, defense attorneys, and prosecutors from across the country. He is licensed to practice psychology in multiple states.