David Thornton, Ph.D.

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Summary of Expertise:

  • Licensed to practice psychology in Wisconsin and Minnesota
  • ​Chartered and Registered Psychologist in the U.K.
  • Assessment of individuals with histories of sexual and other violent offenses
  • Developer of frequently used risk instruments including: Risk Matrix 2000 and Structured Risk Assessment - Forensic Version (SRA-FV)
  • Co-developer of the Static-99, Static-99R, Static-2000, Static-2002R, & SAPROF-SO
  • Design and administration of treatment services 
  • Training professionals to work effectively with individuals with violent/sexual offenses
  • Research into the above
  • Providing expert testimony on relevant research
  • Providing expert consultation to attorneys on relevant research and interpretations of forensic assessments
  • SAPROF trained trainer


July 2013 - August 2016

Research Director 

Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center

Madison, WI

January 2004 - Present

Professor II

University of Bergen

Bergen Area, Norway

August 2001 - July 2013

Treatment Director

Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center

Mauston, WI

1990 - 2001

Head of the Offending Behavior Programmes Unit (OBPU)

Her Majesty's Prison Headquarters

London, United Kingdom