Dr. S. David Bernstein
Dr. S. David 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 with 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 help and expertise was seen as being 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 where he currently writes a column.
In October 2010, at the request of the FBI, 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), as well as 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.
On February 13, 2013 Dr. Bernstein was asked to speak before the Connecticut Senate to provide information and guidance to the legislators regarding school safety and student threat assessment. In November 2013, as part of Connecticut’s new gun legislation, Dr. Bernstein was appointed to the Connecticut Board of Firearms Permit Examiners by the governor of Connecticut.
Dr. Bernstein has presented at the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) national conference in 2011 and 2012, and 2014, and 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 part of an elite group of threat experts invited to participate in a think tank 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]
He is currently the President of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Forensic Division, and on the board of The Northeast Chapter of ATAP. He was also named the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Best Medical /Psychological Consultant in Connecticut by the Connecticut Law Tribune.