Dr. Chris Michael was a music major before he returned to undergraduate courses in psychology and then pursued graduate study in clinical psychology at The University of Tulsa. Dr. Michael passed his oral comprehensive examination with honors. His advisor, Dr. Dennis Combs, is a cognitive-behaviorally oriented researcher in the areas of psychosis and neuropsychology. Dr. Michael worked in juvenile detention, forensic hospital, acute inpatient, and college health center settings.
Eventually, Dr. Michael completed a dissertation on the social aspects of paranoia. Relevant to his expertise in testing and measurement, the dissertation included the development of a scale to measure paranoia in non-clinical and clinical contexts. He graduated from TU in 2006 with his Ph.D.
Dr. Michael completed a pre-doctoral internship in clinical and forensic psychology at Patton State Hospital (2005-2006) and took a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology there as well. This gave him the depth of experience regarding severe mental illness and criminal forensic psychology (competence to stand trial, risk assessment, not guilty by reason of insanity, malingering, special commitments).
He then worked as a staff psychologist at Patton for almost three years. In 2010, he moved to teaching as a Lecturer in forensic psychology at Alliant International University in Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Paraphilias, Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Statistics, Test Construction, and Research Methods. At that point, Dr. Michael’s private practice included psychotherapy, disability evaluations, and criminal forensic psychology. He obtained his QME license and a 1-year certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Newport Psychoanalytic Institute.
Dr. Michael worked for a few years in a concierge group practice focusing on intensive outpatient residential treatment. This provided further experience with less severe diagnoses, management of moderately severe diagnoses in a structured outpatient setting, outpatient assessment, and group psychotherapy. When the practice started a post-doctoral residency, he was instrumental in its development and implementation. He was a supervisor and Residency Director before he departed the practice to increase his involvement in Workers’ Compensation and work-related evaluations.
Dr. Michael has collaborated on several presentations and peer-reviewed publications, largely within the area of paranoia. He has also presented on psychotherapy integration, balanced perspectives on violence and criminality in persons with mental illness, and test development. Dr. Michael has additional training in assessing competency for an immigration proceeding, fitness for duty evaluations, evaluations for academic accommodations, relational somatic psychotherapy, and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.