Ms. Mariya Leyderman earned a Master's degree in Social Work at Tel Aviv University in Israel specializing in stress, crisis, trauma, and working with refugees. While in Israel, Ms. Leyderman gained valuable experience working with the refugee population providing psycho-legal services. She has also completed all didactic requirements for a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology from Spalding University.
She possesses several years of clinical experience working in multiple federal and state correctional institutions, psychiatric inpatient, and at-risk settings. Through her internship at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, she received specialized training in the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) as well as in correctional psychology and forensic evaluation. She was responsible for conducting federal forensic evaluations including but not limited to competency to stand trial, mental state at the time of offense, and dangerousness risk assessments. She possesses specialized training to work with individuals who are at-risk, civilly committed, involuntarily hospitalized, incarcerated, or otherwise involved with the legal system.
She has a strong background in conducting research focused on veterans with severe and persistent mental illness as well as evaluation of evidence-based training programs for law enforcement officers. She is a Trainer for the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) on power of authority, implicit bias, and effective communication strategies.
She has taught several courses at Hanover College and has received multiple awards and recognition that have emphasized her academic performance, leadership skills, community involvement, and contributions to the enhancement of training and police and correctional officer development.
She is a trained restorative justice facilitator and assists with conferences in her community. She has also partnered with local stakeholders including schools and religious organizations to implement restorative practices.
Her areas of clinical focus include correctional and forensic psychology, forensic assessment, juvenile-justice, trauma-informed care, substance abuse, and police psychology. She is a member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency.
She performs forensic assessment and evaluation and provides Expert Witness Testimony for Shelton Forensic Solutions.