ANTHONY V. D'URSO is a graduate of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University and is a nationally known expert in victimology. Dr. D'Urso has developed multiple systems in the State of New Jersey to address the needs of victims of interpersonal violence including a forensic interviewing academy, child fatality and near fatality review, child welfare reform and university programs in doctoral and graduate forensic psychology, clinical psychology and clinical/child psychology and school psychology. He has functioned as a forensic and clinical psychologist for the last thirty years.
Dr. D’Urso has been cited in four Supreme Court cases (State v. Gil, State v. Cuni, State v. Schnabel and In re WZ) and many appellate cases for his opinions in the area of sexual assault.
Dr. D’Urso co-founded ChildFirst/Finding Words – New Jersey (CF/FW-NJ), the second certified forensic interviewing academy in the United States by the National District Attorneys Association. CF/FW-NJ has trained over two thousand child interviewers from law enforcement and child protective services. He continued to develop initiatives in forensic interviewing, memory and suggestibility.
Dr. D’Urso has been appointed by seven governors to chair prestigious child welfare reform panels. He initially served as the Chair of the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Panel on Child Welfare (1994) generally regarded as the most comprehensive assessment for child welfare reform in New Jersey. He was also appointed to the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Protection Sub-Committee and served for twenty years. His design for multi-disciplinary case management teams (MDT) for child victims of crime began in 1986 and remain implemented in each of the twenty-one counties in New Jersey.
Dr. D’Urso co-designed, implemented, and co-authored the original legislation enacting the New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board. He served from 1999 to 2015 as Chair of the Board, a position he held for sixteen years.
Dr. D’Urso has taught at the university level from 1987 in Forensic Psychology, School Psychology and Child/Clinical Programs. He initiated the first clinical psychology doctorate at Montclair State University and engaged in masters’ program curricular reform. He co-authored Guidelines for Forensic Assessment in Child Sexual Abuse and Guidelines for Expert Evaluations in Child Abuse/Neglect Proceedings (Mental Health).
He was instrumental in developing the first public/private partnership in Child Advocacy Center and Multi-Disciplinary models (CAC). He served as president on the first statewide Board of Directors for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASA is a pro bono program for court appointed one to one volunteers who advocate for maltreated children in the Superior Court.
His current research interests include best practices in forensic psychology and has been cited in both the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division as an expert witness.