A PDF copy of Dr. Kline’s Vita is available here

Education & Certifications

Certificate Forensic Examiner, Missouri Department of Mental Health, June 2000
License Psychologist, State of Missouri, 01881, June 1998
Doctorate Counseling Psychology. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. APA approved program. August 1991 to December 1996.
Masters Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri at Columbia. May 1987 to August 1989. Additional coursework including group practicum and theory. August 1989 to May 1990.
Bachelors Psychology. Minor in Anthropology. University of Missouri at Columbia. August 1983 to May 1987.

Current Clinical Positions



Private Practice
Forensic Psychology
June 1999 - Present


I have a part time private practice focused on forensic assessment. I perform forensic criminal evaluations examining the issue of responsibility, competency to proceed to trial, diminished capacity, sexual offender risk, mitigation, Personal Injury Evaluations, Independent Psychological Exams, workplace violence evaluations, and evaluations of other relevant issues.





Forensic Coordinator – Fulton State Hospital

August 1, 2015 – Present

As the Forensic Coordinator I coordinate evaluations completed by the Certified Forensic Examiners. I also act as a voting member and administrative chair for the facility’s Forensic Review Committee, which offers opinions to the Hospital Administration regarding release and change in status of clients who have been committed as Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect. The committee also offers opinions regarding the release of clients who have committed serious felonies, but are no longer under the jurisdiction of the criminal courts. As the administrative chair I coordinate the committee’s schedule and write summaries of the committee’s findings.

As the Forensic Coordinator I also assign and complete risk assessments of current clients at the request of the Hospital Administration. These evaluations are intended to help determine if the client can be moved to a less restrictive environment.

As Forensic Coordinator I also chair the Facility Sexually Violent Predator Review Committee. This committee offers opinions to the hospital administration regarding the release of clients committed as Sexually Violent Predators.


Certified Forensic Examiner
Psychologist II
Fulton State Hospital
Missouri Department of Mental Health


February 2003 - Present


I function as a full time Certified Forensic Examiner for the Department of Mental Health. I complete court ordered evaluations for competency to proceed to trial, responsibility at the time of the offense, diagnoses, need for further hospitalization, conditional release, pre-sentence recommendations, sexually violent predator risk assessment, and diminished capacity. Offenses range from misdemeanor to capitol cases and involve trial testimony and depositions. In February of 2003 I began completing these evaluations part time for Fulton State Hospital and began completing them full time in March of 2003.

I also function as a voting member of the Forensic Review Committee, which offers opinions to the Hospital Administration regarding changes in status of criminally committed patients. I am also a voting member of the Department Sexually Violent Predator Review Committee. We review recommendations for conditional release of Sexually Violent Predators and make further recommendations to the Director of the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services.

I also act as a supervisor for other Forensic Examiners at Fulton State Hospital, providing supervision of cases, instruction, and administrative duties. I also act as a supervisor in Fulton State Hospital’s Predoctoral Internship. I also provide seminars and training to clinical staff and interns on assessment, malingering, forensic issues, and psychopathology.



Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine
University of Missouri - Columbia

Forensic Psychology
2010 - Present


I function as part of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program, and offer additional offer opportunities for Fellows and Residents at Fulton State Hospital to obtain experience in performing Forensic Evaluations.



Past Clinical Positions

Certified Forensic Examiner
Psychologist I
Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center
Missouri Department of Mental Health

January 1999 – July 2008 Part Time


During this time I functioned as a part time Certified Forensic Examiner for the Department of Mental Health at Mid Missouri Mental Health Center. I completed court ordered evaluations for competency to proceed to trial, responsibility at time of offense, diagnoses, need for further hospitalization, conditional release, pre-sentence recommendations, and diminished capacity. Offenses range from misdemeanor to capitol cases and involve trial testimony and depositions. I also acted as a supervisor at the Mid-Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Internship Consortium, an APA approved pre-doctoral internship program, providing supervision of the Forensic Evaluation Minor rotation.

Psychologist I - Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program
Guhleman Forensic Center
Fulton State Hospital
February 2003 – March 2003


This part time position involved working as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, which provided long term treatment to clients admitted to an intermediate security forensic hospital. I worked as a primary therapist with an emphasis on psychological assessment, clinical interviewing, individual therapy, group therapy, and psychological consultation. Patients had a wide range of diagnoses including personality disorders, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. This was an interim position that lasted approximately one month until I began full time as a forensic examiner.


Psychologist I / Associate Psychologist II - Adult Inpatient
Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center
September 1995 – February 2003


This full time position involved working as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, which provided acute psychiatric inpatient care to 18 counties in central Missouri. I worked as a primary therapist with an emphasis on psychological assessment, clinical interviewing, individual therapy, family therapy, and psychological consultation. The client population ranged in age from 17 to 90+ years. Patients had a wide range of diagnoses including personality disorders, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. I also provided supervision for Interns from the Mid-Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Internship Consortium, an APA approved pre-doctoral internship program.

Assistant Admissions Officer - Adult Inpatient
Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center
January 1996 – February 2003


This part time position required me to provide additional coverage for the Admissions Officer for Adult Inpatient at an acute care psychiatric hospital, which provided inpatient care to 18 counties in central Missouri. The Admissions Officer coordinates all admissions to the inpatient Adult Services ensuring compliance with state regulations, judicial orders, and hospital policies.