Meet Jerrod Brown: CSP Online’s Forensic Mental Health Expert

Posted February 28, 2014 | By csponline


Forensic Mental Health Focus with Jerrod Brown
Professor to provide insights into the dynamic field of forensic mental health


Concordia University, St. Paul is proud of our team of instructional professionals. Our educators are experts in their respective fields with firsthand knowledge of issues, trends and applications gained from years of on-the-job experience, academic research and continued learning. Our students, subsequently, benefit from the practical approach to curriculum design which prepares them for lucrative careers in today’s workforce while positioning them to become tomorrow’s leaders in their field of choice.

Our instructors are truly dedicated to students and take the initiative to develop strong connections in order to better serve them and their academic needs. Jerrod Brown, MA, MS, MS, MS is among our all-star instructional staff and serves as the lead developer and program director for our forensic mental health online graduate program and the chief executive officer of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). He is now also a monthly contributor to Concordia University, St. Paul’s online blog providing in-depth articles on issues related to the forensic mental health field.

Jerrod is a consummate academic with degrees from a variety of higher education institutions, including the following:

  • M.S. in Special Studies degree with a concentration in Cognitive Disorders, Saint Cloud State University, 2011
  • M.A. in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy, Adler Graduate School, 2009
  • M.S. in Special Studies degree with a concentration in Forensics, Saint Cloud State University, 2005Ffa
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice, Saint Cloud University, 2000
  • B.E.S. in Applied Psychology and Psychology, Saint Cloud University, 1998
  • Postgraduate Certificate: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hamline University, 2010
  • PhD will be complete in 2015

He is also currently earning his Doctorate in Psychology with a research focus in forensic psychology from North Central University as well as additional postgraduate certificates to enhance his comprehension of the psychology field, including:

  • Children’s mental health
  • Other health disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injury

His passion for forensic mental health comes from a steady interest in a variety of semi-related fields that converged into this academic path.

“I always wanted to be a police officer, a lawyer, medical doctor and a psychologist,” said Jerrod.  “The field of forensic mental health combines all of these disciplines. Forensic mental health is an exciting field of study for students interested in learning about some of the most challenging topics our society faces today.  It is continually changing and with these changes the need for higher education is a must.”

According to Jerrod, the field of forensic mental health encompasses aspects of the criminal justice and mental health systems, including corrections, law enforcement, medicine, mental health, probation and more. “Many individuals who are considered a forensic mental health client have experienced early childhood trauma or may be dealing with untreated or undiagnosed mental health problems,” said Jerrod. “A high percentage has experienced traumatic brain injury and an increased number of individuals struggle to cope with substance abuse concerns.”

Jerrod recommends students research the following forensic mental health topics if they are looking to enter the field:

  • Attachment disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Ethical and legal considerations
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Father absent homes
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • Forensic risk assessment
  • Sexual offending
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

He also has some advice for students with a desire to work in the forensic mental health field.

“Set the bar high. Learn as much as you can about all topics related to mental health, the criminal justice system, law, medicine and more,” said Jerrod. “Volunteer and intern at as many places as possible and attend trainings, workshops and network with professionals in the field. Learn APA formatting, proper research writing practices and enhance your public speaking and leadership skills.”

Concordia University, St. Paul has benefited tremendously from our association with Jerrod and the AIAFS. Jerrod’s connection with AIAFS has raised the quality standard and academic outcomes of the forensic mental health program at Concordia. According to Jerrod, AIAFS is a leader in connecting members to help facilitate professional growth, increased competency and awareness of the forensic sciences. The organization developed a fully online graduate degree and certificate program in partnership with Concordia.

“The partnership enhances curriculum and professional training by using a comprehensive educational approach that focuses on forensic disciplines and current criminal justice issues,” said Jerrod.

Jerrod is a monthly contributor to Concordia Online’s blog. Check back to discover in-depth articles into a dynamic field that is changing how law enforcement professionals approach criminal justice through the integration of psychology. You can learn more about the AIAFS partnership and forensic mental health education programs at

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