Dr. Christopher Kunkle is the Director and Chief Psychiatric Examiner of the NYS Bureau of Institutional Sex Offender Treatment with the Office of Mental Health where he is responsible foroverseeing the operation of the NYS sex offender civil commitment programs for dangerous sexual offenders, and the high risk prison-based sex offender program. These programs currently serve over 400 sexual offenders deemed to be at the highest risk for committing sexual violence. As a Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Kunkle has evaluated and treated sexual offenders for the Office of Mental Heath and has testified in court as an expert in the dangerousness and re-offense risk posed by these offenders, and the admissibility of testimony regarding Paraphilic disorders. In 2016 Dr. Kunkle was the recipient of the Marilyn Etcheverry Award of Excellence - Awarded by the new York State Alliance for the Prevention of Sex Abuse, and New York State Association for the treatment of Sexual Abusers for his work within operating and further developing the NYS civil commitment program for dangerous sexual offenders.
Dr. Kunkle is an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice, Law and Behavior program at the College of St. Rose where he has taught courses on Criminal Profiling, Serial and Sexual Crimes, and Forensic Psychology since 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and the Consulting Chair for the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases. Dr. Kunkle holds a Doctorate and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from C. W. Post, and was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016 for his accomplishments in the field of Forensic Psychology. He also holds a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Forensic Science from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Dr. Kunkle has conducted and published research and book chapters on necrophilia and severe paraphilic disorders, violent offenders with mental illness, stalkers or those who have threatened celebrities, judges and the President of the United States. He is currently in a partnershipwith researchers from John Jay College to identify the link between crime scene behavior patterns in serial sexual offenses, offender diagnoses, and risk factors that predict offending. Dr. Kunkle's past professional experience includes work as a forensic psychologist and forensic scientist and consists of training and experience in crime scene investigations. He has held positions at the Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Service in New York City, the Federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in NYC, the Schneider Children's Hospital Forensic Programs, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.