Stanton Samenow

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Stanton E. Samenow (born October 16, 1941)[1] is an American psychologist and writer.


Early life and education[edit]

Samenow was born to Charles and Sylvia Samenow. He is married, has two children, and resides in Falls Church, Virginia.[1]


From 1970 through 1978, Dr. Samenow worked as a clinical research psychologist for the Program for the Investigation of Criminal Behavior at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C.. With Dr. Samuel Yochelson, the findings of their clinical research-treatment study of offenders were published in the three-volume set entitled The Criminal Personality. Since 1978, Dr. Samenow has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dr. Stanton Samenow received his B.A. (cum laude) from Yale University in 1963 and his PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1968...In 1978, Dr. Samenow entered the private practice of clinical psychology in Alexandria, Virginia. His specialty has continued to be the evaluation and treatment of juvenile and adult offenders. Dr. Samenow has delivered lectures, training seminars, and workshops in 48 states, Canada, and England, to professional groups including mental health, law enforcement, corrections, education, social services, and the judiciary.

Dr. Samenow frequently carries out psychological reports for use in family court cases in the USA. Dr. Samenow wrote a book based on his experience as an independent custody evaluator published in 2002. It is titled "In the Best Interest of the Child: How to Protect Your Child from the Pain of Your Divorce".[2]

Published works[edit]


  • The Criminal Personality, Volumes I, II & III (1976, 1977, 1986)
  • Inside the Criminal Mind (1984)
  • Before It's Too Late (1989)
  • Straight Talk About Criminals (1998)
  • In the Best Interest of the Child (2002)
  • Inside the Criminal Mind: Revised and Updated Edition (2004)
  • The Myth of the Out of Character Crime (2007)


  • Understanding the User (unknown date) appeared in Virginia Lawyer.


  • Good Intentions, Bad Choices: Overcoming Errors in Thinking
  • Commitment To Change I: Overcoming Errors in Thinking
  • Commitment to Change II: Tactics—Habits That Block Change
  • Commitment to Change III: The Power of Consequences


  1. ^ a b "Appointment of Eight Members of the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime, and Designation of Chairman". Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  2. ^ The psychological reports are intended by the judiciary to be an impartial, third-party assessment of each parent's psychological state and to include any recommendations for custody. In this article published in the Washington Post, entitled "He's on the Front Line in Custody Battles" from January 21, 2002, author Phil McCombs describes Dr Samenow's role, "His goal was to learn the elusive "truth," sorting out charges and countercharges, in effect psychoanalyzing the parents, getting to know them so well that he could recommend exact details for realistic custody arrangements."

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