Dr. Jeffery Aaron
Jeffrey Aaron is Facility Director at the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents, of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. He is a clinical and forensic psychologist. Dr. Aaron is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia Medical School, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and associate faculty at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy at the University of Virginia.
At CCCA, Dr. Aaron worked as a psychologist for 14 years and was the Clinical Director of an adolescent unit, the Forensic Coordinator, and the Chair of the Ethics Committee. Dr. Aaron has a private practice in which he conducts forensic psychological evaluations of adolescents and adults, has served as an expert witness in Juvenile and Circuit courts across Virginia, and is a consultant to the US Department of Justice. Areas of forensic specialization include adolescent decision-making, mitigation, juvenile transfer, evaluating confession evidence, trial competency, posttraumatic stress, and juvenile justice.
He has published in the areas of coping with stress, trauma, and forensic psychological evaluation, provided invited testimony before the Virginia House and Senate, and has presented across the Commonwealth on topics including forensic mental health evaluation, adolescent development and legal decision-making, coping with traumatic loss, and clinical assessment of children and adolescents. Dr. Aaron was a member of the Mental Health Workgroup of the Governor’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety, and currently serves on the Charlottesville Albemarle gang intervention project known as Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement.