Fellowship Supervisors

SCDMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology

Dr. Horsley is a Chief Psychologist in the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services and is the Training Director for the SCDMH Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University, completed her pre-doctoral internship at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Texas Tech University/Lubbock Regional MHMR.  She also is board certified in forensic psychology and is actively involved with the American Board of Forensic Psychology.  In South Carolina, Dr. Horsley first worked in the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services performing competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility/capacity to conform evaluations.  She then worked at the SC Department of Juvenile Justice conducting post-adjudicatory, psychosexual, and pre-waiver evaluations and supervising a team of community evaluators.  Dr. Horsley returned to the Forensic Evaluation Services in 2018 and currently conducts competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform, and SVP evaluations.  Dr. Horsley also holds an academic position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina, which enables her to provide supervision and didactic training to fellows completing the Department’s forensic psychiatry fellowship.  

 

Samantha Horsley, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Gothard is the Forensic Services Director. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University where she focused her clinical training and research experiences on juvenile delinquency and sex offender evaluation and treatment. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute/ USC Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science in 2008.  She has previously worked as a psychologist for the SC Department of Juvenile Justice and in the South Carolina Sexually Violent Predator Treatment Program as the Clinical Director.  She has also served as the Clinical Director of the Forensic Evaluation Service. Dr. Gothard is responsible for overseeing the operations of the department and all initial forensic and SVP evaluations performed for the state of South Carolina.  She also conducts competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform, and SVP evaluations.  Her research and public policy interests include psychopathy, sex offender evaluation and treatment, and SVP management.

Kelly Gothard, Ph.D.

Dr. Carter is a Chief Psychologist in the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas and completed her pre-doctoral internship and forensic post-doctoral fellowship at Patton State Hospital, the largest forensic hospital in the United States.  She has presented at national conferences (e.g., the American Psychology-Law Society) on topics, including psychopathy and gender norm conformity, the validity of the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality – Institutional Rating Scale (CAPP-IRS), and juveniles’ understanding of the Miranda Rights.  She specializes in forensic assessment and has conducted disability evaluations, juvenile predisposition evaluations, sex offender risk assessments, and violence risk assessments.  Dr. Carter currently conducts competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform, and SVP evaluations.  

 

Rachel Carter, Ph.D.

Dr. Gehle is a Chief Psychologist in the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services.  She received her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University, completed her pre-doctoral internship at Western State Hospital in Tacoma Washington, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta Georgia.  During her tenure at SCDMH, Dr. Gehle has conducted SVP evaluations and supervised SVP treatment; currently she primarily conducts pre-commitment SVP evaluations.  She also holds an academic position as an Assistant Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine. 

Marie E. Gehle, Psy.D.

Dr. Gillen is a Staff Psychologist in the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in August, 2018. He completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center (SRSTC) and Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) in September, 2019. Following completion of his fellowship, Dr. Gillen accepted a position as a Staff Psychologist with the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services. He is currently a licensed psychologist in the state of Wisconsin.

Christopher Gillen, Ph.D.

Dr. Jones is a Chief Psychologist in the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services.  She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and practiced law in Washington, D.C. for a number of years.  She later received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Alabama and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Patton State Hospital.  Dr. Jones came to SCDMH after her internship and currently conducts competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform, and SVP evaluations.  Her research and public policy interests include legal decision-making, the validation and use of malingering/response style measures in forensic assessments, psychopathy, and SVP evaluation best practices.

Michelle A. Jones, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Le is a Chief Psychiatrist in the SCDMH Forensic Evaluation Services.  She received her M.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her General Psychiatry residency at Prisma Health (formerly Palmetto Health)/USC, then a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Prisma Health/USC.  She is board certified in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.  Dr. Le came to SCDMH after serving as the director of inpatient services at the South Carolina Department of Corrections and currently conducts competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform, and SVP evaluations.  She sees all of the NGRI clients in the state of South Carolina as part of the NGRI Outreach Clinic to monitor for compliance with their court orders and evaluates their psychiatric stability.  She manages a caseload of severely and persistently mentally ill clients at the Columbia Area Mental Health Center in the division of Adult Intensive Services.  Her research pertains to Geriatric Polypharmacy and her public policy interests include ways in which services can be appropriately provided to the severely mentally ill in a safe and humane way. 

Stephanie Le, M.D.