About W. Joseph Wyatt

Dr. W. Joseph Wyatt, Ph.D. Vita


Dr. Wyatt received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University in 1980. Prior to that he received his Masters degree from the University of Miami (FL) in 1970 and his bachelor's degree from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) Charleston, West Virginia, in 1969. He completed his internship in clinical psychology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine's Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry in 1979.

Licensure & Board Certification

Dr. Wyatt has been licensed in West Virginia since 1978 and in Kentucky since 1986. He is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology.

Expert Witness Qualification & Experience

Dr. Wyatt has been qualified as an expert in Clinical Psychology in many courts. He has given more than 50 depositions and has testified in open court more than 30 times.


For more than 15 years Dr.Wyatt has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. His duties there include teaching undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the clinical field. These include courses in therapy techniques and courses in intellectual, personality and behavioral assessment. He also serves as Director of the campus outpatient Psychology Clinic. In addition to his forensic consulting activities, he has extensive experience providing consultation services to community agencies such as Family Services of Kanawha Valley (Charleston, WV), VOCA Corp (Huntington, WV) and Pathways Community Mental Health Center (Ashland, KY).

Earlier Dr. Wyatt was employed in full-time clinical practice, for more than ten years, in several settings. They included a year or more full-time in each of the following: A vocational rehabilitation center, a state hospital, a community mental health center, and in private practice. In the last of these Dr. Wyatt served as Director of Therapeutic Services in a 14 bed inpatient treatment unit for patients with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.

Continuing Education Offered by Dr. Wyatt

Dr. Wyatt routinely provides continuing education to professionals in a number of fields on several topics. The training is typically done in workshop style. Members of the following professions have received his CE training: Psychology, Social Work, Law, Law Enforcement, Nursing, & Counseling. Topics include assessment of child sexual abuse; the recovered memory debate; school violence; and Munchausen syndrome-by-proxy.


Dr. Wyatt is a member of the American Psychological Association, the WV Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, and the American College of Forensic Examiners.

Scholarly Works

Dr. Wyatt has published many papers in professional journals. See his two-part series "Recent Developments in the Assessment of Child Sexual Abuse" in The Forensic Examiner (1999). He founded and edits Behavior Analysis Digest, a quarterly newsletter. He is a member of the Board of Editors of Behavior and Social Issues.

W. Joseph Wyatt, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia
25755 USA
Phone: 304-696-2778
Fax: 304-696-2784