Steven Norton Ph.D.


  • Assessments
  • Evaluations
  • CISD
  • Training
  • Supervision
  • Able to Travel


  • University of Denver:
    Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
  • Stephen F. Austin State University:
    M.A. in Psychology
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
    B.A. in Psychology


  • Minnesota #4468
  • Nebraska #391 (inactive)
  • Virginia #0810003759 (inactive)

Professional Deployments

  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Ramallah, Palestine
  • Able to work independently in challenging environments.

Dr. Norton began working in correctional environments over 30 years ago, first employed as a Correctional Officer/Counselor, then a MA level psychologist, and for the last 26 years as a Ph.D. level psychologist. He has worked in Federal, State, and County Correctional facilities, at all different security levels, plus provided evaluations for individuals on parole/probation. He has conducted training and presentations on a number of correctional/criminal related topics.

Services for Detainees/Inmates:

  • Assessments for Criminal Personality
  • Mentally Ill Offender Assessments
  • Suicide Risk Assessments
  • Treatment Assessments
  • Risk Assessments
  • Parole/Probation Amenability

Services for Staff and Institutions:

  • Pre-employment evaluations
  • Fitness for Duty assessments
  • Promotion Assessments


  • Institutional Program Reviews
  • Suicide/Mentally Ill Offender Program Reviews
  • Hostage Negotiation Consultation and Training
  • Institutional Risk Assessments
  • Lawsuit Consultation
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefings
  • Stress Management for Corrections
  • Orientation to providing psychological services in Corrections

Dr. Norton completed an APA accredited internship in Forensic/Correctional Psychology in 1990, a year of supervised post-doctoral experience, and 10 subsequent years conducting Forensic evaluations for the Federal Courts, with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Dr. Norton opened a private practice, Norton Psychological Services, in 2001, specializing in Correctional/Law Enforcement/Forensic psychology.

Since, Dr. Norton has conducted numerous Rule 20 Forensic evaluations for local Minnesota State courts. He has also completed civil commitment evaluations, offender risk and sentencing evaluations, and probation/parole evaluations. These evaluations have been for both adult and juvenile defendants. In addition, Dr. Norton has continued to conduct occasional Forensic evaluations for the Federal courts.

For the last 22 years, Dr. Norton has taught graduate level coursework in forensic and correctional psychology, and has conducted several presentations on forensic and correctional topics.

Dr. Norton has the training, experience, knowledge, and work ethic to conduct and complete quality psychological evaluations for the legal system.

Current criminal assessments include:

  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Responsibility at time of Offense
  • Mitigating Factors Defense
  • Diminished Capacity
  • Dangerousness

Current Civil assessments include:

  • Mentally Ill Individual
  • Chemically Dependent Individual
  • Mentally Ill and Dangerous
  • Mentally Retarded/Mentally Deficient

Dr. Norton completed a supervised practicum in Law Enforcement as a component of his doctoral training, he has since worked with Law Enforcement and Public Safety agencies for nearly 23 years. He continues to receive and provide ongoing training in Law Enforcement Psychology. Dr. Norton has conducted numerous pre-employment evaluations for a number of Law Enforcement agencies, ranging in size from 5 officers to over 1000. Dr. Norton also conducts psychological evaluations of Law Enforcement college students, prior to entering the Skills portion of their training. Dr. Norton would be able to meet with officer applicants in your local area.

The following services are available:

  • Pre-employment Evaluations
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Hostage Negotiation Consultation
  • Special Operation Teams Selection
  • Fitness for Duty Evaluations
  • Consultation

Training and Consultation

  • Stress Management for Law Enforcement
  • Managing Mentally ill Suspects
  • Managing Suicidal Suspects
  • Ethics and the job
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • Hostage Survival Skills
  • Benefits of Psychological Services for Law Enforcement

Since 2005, Dr. Norton has contracted with an international police agency that deploys law enforcement officers to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict areas. He has conducted several hundred pre-mission evaluations as well as post-mission assessments. He has been deployed on multiple occasions for brief periods to many countries in the Middle East.

Dr. Norton worked from 2011-2012, at the U.S. Embassy, Kabul Afghanistan, with the Department of State, providing counseling and training to civilian personnel, law enforcement officers, and military personnel, deployed throughout Afghanistan.

Dr. Norton provides services for law enforcement and security personnel, plus general civilians, who will be deployed to conflict zones.  These services can be conducted in the U.S. prior to deployment and while in the host country.

The following services are available:

  • Pre-deployment psychological screenings
  • Critical incident stress de-briefings
  • Trauma counseling
  • Resiliency training
  • Managing deployments training
  • Hostage/Captive negotiation and survival skills training
  • Fitness for duty assessments.