Dr. S. David Bernstein
Dr. Bernstein is the Senior Forensic Psychologist and President of Forensic Consultants, LLC, a company listed in the Homeland Security Resource Directory. He has held appointments at Yale University School of Medicine, where he completed his doctoral internship, and Harvard University Medical School, where he completed his residency in Forensic Psychology in the Department of Law and Psychiatry. He has attended training from the Secret Service and currently consults with the FBI and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies on cases ranging from bomb threats to homicide. Additionally, Dr. Bernstein has been embedded in the field with law enforcement during operations when his assistance and expertise was seen as needed on scene.
Dr. Bernstein has provided expert commentary concerning issues of targeted workplace and school violence, trusted insider threats, threats to high level executives and government officials, and psychopathy, including the Anne Le murder at Yale University, the Omar Thornton mass murder at Hartford Distributors, the Albert DeSolvo serial murders (Boston Strangler), the DC Navy Yard mass murders, and the Jodi Arias murder trial. He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News, NBC News, The Travel Channel’s program “Hidden City,” National Public Radio’s program “This American Life,” Aljazeera America, and News12. Dr. Bernstein has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Huffington Post, LA Times, the Associated Press, Hartford Current, Boston Globe, Connecticut Law Tribune, Connecticut Law Journal, Toronto Star, and Psychology Today.
In 2014 Dr. Bernstein was the keynote speaker for the FBI National Academy, and in 2015 he was invited back to provide a full day training for the FBI National Academy. Additionally in 2015 he spoke at the Nevada Statewide School Safety Summit, hosted by the Nevada Department of Emergency Management, and provided a full day training for the Connecticut chapter of the American Association of Police Polygraphists. In 2016 Dr. Bernstein was the keynote speaker for the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics annual conference.
Dr. Bernstein has presented at the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) national conference in 2011 and 2012, and 2014, and at the 2016 Spring Regional Conference held in New York City’s Lincoln Center. In 2012 Dr. Bernstein was invited to speak in Kraków, Poland to members of the European law enforcement and counter-terrorism community.
Dr. Bernstein was the keynote speaker and presenter for the annual conference on Threat Assessment and Dangerousness hosted by the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He has provided training lectures to the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, (NEMLEC) and NEMLEC’s School Threat Assessment and Response System project (STARS). Attendees at his training lectures for ATAP have included members of the LAPD Threat Assessment Unit, the Department of Defense’s Criminal Investigative Division, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Capitol Police, CIA Criminal Investigations, and other elite law enforcement agencies.
Dr. Bernstein has spoken before the Connecticut Senate to provide information and guidance to legislators regarding school safety and student threat assessments.
Dr. Bernstein was part of an elite group of threat experts invited to participate in a conference for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that resulted in their national publication on workplace violence [Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies and Research Needs. NIOSH publication number 2006-144]
In 2014 Dr. Bernstein was one of three honorees to receive the Connecticut Psychological Association’s President’s Award. He was named the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Best Medical /Psychological Consultant in Connecticut by the Connecticut Law Tribune. He is the former President (2012 to 2014) of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Forensic Division, on the board of The Northeast Chapter of ATAP, and is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Forensic Science and Pathology.