Kirk Heilbrun is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Drexel University, where he served as department head from 1999-2012 and from 2014-2016. Previously he was a staff psychologist, then chief psychologist, at the Forensic Service, Florida State Hospital, and clinical director of the Forensic Unit, Central State Hospital (Petersburg, VA). He is board certified in clinical psychology and forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in six divisions.
Professor Heilbrun directs a forensic assessment clinic in the Drexel Department of Psychology. The clinic provides psychological evaluations to courts and attorneys on issues that include juvenile commitment and decertification, competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, federal sentencing, capital sentencing, workplace disability, violence risk assessment, and malpractice. He also directs the Reentry Project, which provides pro bono assessment and treatment services to justice-involved individuals returning to the community from federal prison, individuals under the jurisdiction of a federal mental health court, and individuals exonerated following conviction and incarceration.
His research and scholarly interests center around forensic mental health assessment, violence risk assessment and management, and interventions to reduce the risk of reoffending and promote behavioral health in justice-involved populations.