Dr. Cynthia Calkins Mercado is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Legal Studies (MLS) from the University of Nebraska's Law-Psychology program. She completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute in Tampa, FL and did postdoctoral work at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her work focuses broadly on establishing empirical evidence for use in sex offender policy and sexual violence prevention. She is PI (along with Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic) on a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant examining sex offender treatment, civil commitment, and risk for recidivism in New Jersey. She is also involved with a team of researchers at John Jay who are investigating the causes and contexts of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.