Dr. Rufino has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a forensic emphasis from Sam Houston State University and a MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine and a two year combined research and clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/The Menninger Clinic. Her extensive clinical training make her well qualified to teach Introduction to Clinical Psychology (PSY 3306). Her extensive training and research in the interaction between psychology and the legal system make her well qualified to teach Psychology and the Law (PSY 4309). Dr. Rufino is also a licensed psychologist, which along with her training make her qualified to teach Abnormal Psychology (PSY 3322). Lastly, she has an active research program, which along with her education, training, and research fellowship make her well suited to teach Research Methods (PSY 3320).
2014 – Present: Assistant Professor of Psychology, UHD
2010-2011: Teaching Assistant, Graduate Level, Sam Houston State University
2010: Instructor of Record, Undergraduate Level, Sam Houston State University
Academic Scholarship/Research/Creative Endeavors:
Ellis, T. E., & Rufino, K. A. (in press). A Psychometric study of the Suicide Cognitions Scale with psychiatric inpatients. Psychological Assessment.
Rufino, K. A., Fox, K. A., Cramer, R., J., & Kercher, G. A. (2013). The gang-victimization link: Considering the effects of ethnicity and protective behaviors among prison inmates. Deviant Behavior, 34, 25-37.
Boccaccini, M. T., Rufino, K. A., Jackson, R. L., Murrie, D. C. (2013). Personality Assessment Inventory scores as predictors of misconduct among sex offenders civilly committed as sexually violent predators. Psychological Assessment, 25, 1390-1395.
Rufino, K. A., Boccaccini, M. T., Hawes, S. W. & Murrie, D. C. (2012). When experts disagree, who was correct? A comparison of PCL-R scores from independent raters and opposing forensic experts. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 527-537.