Dr. Matthew L. Ferrara

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Dr. Matthew Ferrara obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1982. He began his career in forensic psychology in 1985 as the Chief Psychologist for the Texas Youth Commission and later served as the Chief Psychologist for the Texas Department of Corrections. Since entering private practice around 1991, Matthew has worked exclusively with clients involved in the court system. He has provided testimony before the state legislature as well as testifying as an expert witness in approximately 200 court cases. Responsible for implementing every major sex offender treatment program in the state of Texas and other programs outside the state, Matthew currently is pursuing a research project with a major university designed to explore the causes and prevention of child sexual abuse. In addition, he routinely provides training seminars for mental health professionals, judges, and attorneys.

Stories from Dr. Matthew L. Ferrara

Exposing Junk Science Underlying Expert Testimony in the Guilt-Innocence Phase of a Child Sexual Abuse Trial
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Texas Rules of Evidence 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will help the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness who is qualified as

Expert Punishment Testimony in a Sex Trial
Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Sentencing Issues

The genius of Winston Churchill is as manifold as it is undisputed. With the hope of having some of Mr. Churchill’s genius rub off onto this discussion, I would like to use his quote as a jumping off point to discuss sentencing issues in a sex offender case.