Executive Science Officer and Director, Mobile Imaging Core and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience
Dr. Kent Kiehl is a Full Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of New Mexico and Executive Science Officer of the non-profit Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Kiehl conducts clinical neuroscience research of major mental illnesses, with special focus on criminal psychopathy, sex offenders, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. The goal of his research is to achieve a better understanding of the interaction between brain function, genetics, and environmental factors in order to develop improved interventions and prevention strategies and promote better mental health as a whole.
Dr. Kiehl’s laboratory makes use of the one-of-a-kind Mind Mobile MRI System (patent pending) to conduct research and treatment protocols with forensic populations. To date his laboratory has deployed the Mobile MRI to collect brain imaging data from over 2500 offenders at eight different facilities in two states. This represents the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository.
Dr. Kiehl received his undergraduate degree in psychology and neuroscience at The University of California Davis where he began his scientific career in as research assistant in the Center for Neuroscience working with Dr. Michael Gazzaniga and Dr. George Mangun. He completed his doctorate in psychology and neuroscience in 2000 from the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Drs. Robert Hare and Peter Liddle. Following graduate school Dr. Kiehl worked as a faculty member in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale University and he was also the Director of Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living from 2001-2007.
Dr. Kiehl has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and he currently directs seven major NIH projects in the areas of adolescent psychopathy, adult psychopathy, substance abuse, and early stage psychosis. Dr. Kiehl has been honored by the EEG & Clinical Neuroscience Society (2005) and the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR; 2005) for distinguished early career contributions.
Dr. Kiehl lectures extensively to state and federal judges, lawyers, probation officers, correctional officials, and lay audiences about the intersection of neuroscience and law. In the last several years he has worked with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) to develop the educational curriculum for federal judges on neuroscience in the courtroom. He also serves as a legal consultant on criminal and civil cases involving psychopathy and/or brain imaging.
Dr. Kiehl’s research has recently been highlighted in the following:
New Yorker “Suffering Souls” by John Seabrook, New Yorker, November 10, 2008, pages 64-73.
Scientific American Mind, read article >
Inside A Psychopath’s Brain: The Sentencing Debate by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, National Public Radio (NPR). June 30, 2010. listen now >
Brain Scan Predict Who's Likely to be a Repeat Offender, National Public Radio (NPR), April 5, 2013. listen now >