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Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologist's CasebookGeoffrey R. McKee, PhD, ABPPOxford University Press, 2006 ISBN: 0-19-518273-1(304 pp. $34.95)
Geoffrey McKee PhD



  • Clinical Professor, Dept of Neuropsychiatry University of South Carolina School of Medicine

  • Board‑certified in Forensic Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

  • Author, Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologist’s Casebook (2006; Oxford University Press).

  • Chief Psychologist, Division of Clinical Services, SCDMH 1998‑present. SCDMH Representative on Statewide Multidisciplinary Team of the SC Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA) law.

  • Private practice in Forensic Psychology since 1976; licensed psychologist in AZ (1972‑80), ND (1981‑85), MN (1984‑85), NC (1996‑99), and SC since 1985

  • Chief Psychologist, Forensic Psychiatry Division, Hall Psychiatric Institute, 1986‑98
    Director of Training, Forensic Psychology Rotation, APA‑approved clinical psychology internship, Hall Psychiatric Institute 1986‑98

  • Consulting psychologist to family/child protective services, juvenile justice, and probation/parole state agencies in SC, ND, MN, and AZ. Court‑appointed psychologist in child custody cases in SC, ND, MN, and AZ.

  • Evaluation, consultation, and expert testimony for plaintiff and defendant attorneys on civil/domestic issues of child custody, termination of parental rights, involuntary civil commitment, domestic violence risk, personal injury, disability, competency to make a will, institutional negligence in jail suicide.

  • Retained by defense or prosecution for evaluation, consultation, and expert testimony in over 200 criminal and 30 death penalty trials on issues of competency to waive Miranda rights, juvenile transfer to circuit court, pre‑trial release risk, competency to stand trial, insanity and diminished capacity, mitigation, competency to be executed, and/or competency to waive death penalty appeals in SC, AZ, ND, IN, NC, CA, and KY. Expert testimony before the SC Supreme Court

  • Past President, American Academy of Forensic Psychology, 1992‑94

  • Invited Continuing Legal Education lectures to State Bar, Family Court judges and public defenders associations in VA, WI, and SC and law students in SC and NY.

  • Consulting Faculty, National Advocacy Center, US Department of Justice Consulting Faculty, National Advocacy Center, National College of District Attorneys

  • Publications in peer‑reviewed journals and book chapters on mothers who kill their children, juveniles competency to stand trial, suicide in SC jails, MMPI‑2 profiles of adult criminal defendants, MMPI profiles of sex offenders, and forensic psychology practice

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