Brian Friedman, Psy.D. brings to OPEN MINDS an extensive background in psychology services, crisis intervention, and risk assessment methodologies. His experience includes delivering behavioral health services in secure forensic environments and expanding trauma-informed care and seclusion and restraint reduction in inpatient settings.
Dr. Friedman previously served as the Deputy CEO and Clinical Director of the Ann Klein Forensic Center. He was responsible for the provision of clinical services, represented the administration in labor-management meetings and promoted and oversaw implementation of Trauma-Informed Care initiatives. He also reviewed and revised policies, as needed, to maintain accreditation with The Joint Commission.
In addition, Dr. Friedman served as the Director of Psychology/Forensic Coordinator for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the DHS Central Office. There, he oversaw the provision of psychological services statewide, with a focus on the forensically involved. Dr. Friedman was also responsible for promoting community reintegration for forensically-involved consumers, conducting forensic training at state facilities, working closely with division legal counsel, and leading statewide improvement in risk assessment methodology at state hospitals.
An expert in his field, Dr. Friedman has testified as an expert witness in over 100 Superior Court cases regarding sex offender treatment, risk, readiness for community reintegration, and community risk management.
Dr. Friedman is a thought leader among his peers and has many published presentations in his field. He received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Forensic concentration from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Twin Cities. He is licensed as a Practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.