California School of Forensic Studies
Los Angeles Campus
Courses, Research Interests, Publications
Introduction to Psychotherapy
Dissertation Chair/Committee Member
Statistics I and II
Test Construction, Psychodynamic & Interpersonal Therapies
Paranoia, Psychopathy, Psychosis and Cognitive/Emotional Capacities, Social and Media Influences Upon Juror Decision-Making, Social and Media Influences Upon Public Beliefs about Experts
Combs, D.R., Michael, C.O., Penn, D.L., Basso, M.R., Weideman, R., Siebenmorgan, M., Tiegreen, J.A., Chapman, D. (2009). Perceptions of hostility by persons with and without persecutory delusions. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 14, 30-52.
Michael, C.O. (2007). Paranoia: A social and self-report investigation. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 67(9-B), pp. 5415.
Combs, D.R., Penn, D.L., Chadwick, P.D.J., Trower, P., Michael, C., & Basso, M.R. (2007). Subtypes of paranoia in a non-clinical sample. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12, 537-553.
Combs, D.R., Adams, S.D., Michael, C.O., Penn, D.L., Gouvier, W.D., & Basso, M.R. (2006). The conviction of delusional beliefs scale: Reliability and validity. Schizophrenia Research, 86, 80-88.
Combs, D.R., Penn, D.L., Cassisi, J., Michael, C., Wood, T., Wanner, J., & Adams, D. (2006). Perceived racism as a predictor of paranoia among African Americans. Journal of Black Psychology, 32, 87-104.
Combs, D.R., Michael, C.O., & Penn, D.L. (2006). Paranoia and emotion perception across the continuum. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 19-31.
Academic History and Background
Internship and Post-doctoral Fellowship - Patton State Hospital
Master's in Clinical Psychology - University of Tulsa
PhD in Clinical Psychology - University of Tulsa
Bachelor's in Music - Oklahoma City University
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - Newport Psychoanalytic Institute
Professional Practice and Community Service
Dr. Michael works in criminal contexts (incompetent to stand trial, not guilty by reason of insanity, treatment appropriateness, forensic treatment) and works in civil forensics in the areas of workers' compensation/disability, hostile work environment, emotional injury, and fitness for duty for non-law enforcement personnel. He holds strong clinical interest in--and works primarily at a clinical group practice--providing intensive individual and group therapy.
Informal Advisor - Reach Out to Japan, a post-tsunami non-profit effort to provide needed psychosocial treatment and resources to those affected by the disaster.