Dr. Michael P. Brannon
Dr. Michael P. Brannon is co-director of IBSL. He is a Florida licensed psychologist with specializations in clinical and forensic psychology. He has handled thousands of cases in a forensic capacity and has testified as an expert over 1000 times in Federal and State Court Criminal and Civil Divisions throughout Florida. He regularly is appointed as an expert by the judiciary and is often called upon as an expert witness or forensic consultant to attorneys. His areas of expertise include false confessions, children who murder children, familial murders, domestic violence, sex offender assessment, substance abuse, risk assessment, malingering, ADHD in legal cases, competency, insanity, and penalty phase evaluations; and he has been qualified as an expert in all of these types of cases.
Dr. Brannon also has taught and supervised doctoral students at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He has co-taught a doctoral class with Dr. Bourg Carter called Criminal Law and Forensic Psychology. He also frequently speaks as a guest lecturer in various law and pre-law classes in South Florida on a variety of topics related to forensic psychology. In addition, he has taught classes on topics such as human sexuality, forensic assessment, sport psychology, and child and adolescent psychological issues.Dr. Brannon also has presented seminars nationally to attorneys on a variety of topics, including juvenile evaluations, competency to stand trial evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, sanity evaluations, and malingering in personal injury evaluations. In addition, he has been invited to be a speaker at Florida judicial conferences on the topics of stalking, competency to stand trial evaluations, and mental health issues in the legal system.
Dr. Brannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his doctoral internship at Northwest Dade Community Mental Health Center in Dade County. He completed his residency in a private forensic practice focusing upon adult criminal offenders. In addition to his forensic experience, Dr. Brannon has substantial clinical experience in the areas of substance abuse, marriage and family issues, behavioral medicine, and sports psychology. Over a ten-year period, he served as the Clinical Director, the Director of Residential Services, a clinical supervisor, and a residential counselor at The Starting Place, a substance rehabilitation program for adolescents.