Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs Network

Shan Jumper, Ph.D., is the current President of the SOCCPN Board.  He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked in the field of sexual violence since 1991. Following a pre-doctoral internship in outpatient mental health and forensics at Connecticut Valley Hospital/Whiting Forensic Division, he was employed at the Sexually Violent Predator program at the Wisconsin Resource Center, where he conducted SVP re-examinations and provided court testimony and sex offense treatment. In 1999 Dr. Jumper joined the staff of the Sexually Violent Persons program at the Illinois Dept. of Human Services Treatment and Detention Facility as a psychologist, later serving as a Treatment Team Leader and Associate Clinical Director. An employee of Liberty Health Care, he has served as the program's Clinical Director since 2005. Dr. Jumper has worked in private practice as an expert witness in SVP cases, has peer reviewed articles for Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, and is on the adjunct faculty at Argosy University Chicago.  Dr. Jumper also serves as the Midwest Regional Representative on the Executive Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).


Shan Jumper, Ph.D.
Executive Clinical Director
Illinois Dept. of Human Services
Treatment and Detention Facility
Liberty Health Care
Rushville, Illinois   62681



Steve Bryant, SOCCPN Vice-President: Mr. Bryant has been the Executive Director for the Illinois Conditional Release Program (ILCRP) for over four years.  In the role of Executive Director he is responsible for directing all aspects of the program. The Executive Director oversees overall administrative operations, including close coordination with the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and with various treatment providers, police, courts, community, and other agencies. Responsibilities include problem solving with various entities of state government such as the IL Attorney General's Office, DHS and community agencies; promotion of the program; and supervision of Quality Management activities and reporting.  Previously, he served 27 and a half years with the Illinois Department of Corrections in various capacities. Throughout his career with IDOC Mr. Bryant was promoted into several key management positions and was the Executive II over the Placement Resource Unit supervising staff that ensured high risk inmates being paroled had appropriate housing prior to their release. Mr. Bryant was promoted into the Parole Division in the newly created Sex Offender Supervision Unit and served as the Parole Commander covering 27 counties for over 6 years.  In this capacity, he supervised eight parole agents supervising over 260 registered adult and juvenile sex offenders living in the community.  He also made major contributions to the development of the SOSU program by creating the supervision procedures and protocols.

Mr. Bryant assisted another District Commander in designing the training modules for new parole agents, which are still being used today.  Mr. Bryant continues to be called on to provide updated training to the IDOC training academy in assisting with sex offender training to the statewide Sex Offender Units as needed. Mr. Bryant is a member of the Sex Offender Civil Commitment Program Network (SOCCPN), the national organization of SVP programs.

Steve Bryant

Executive Director, Safety 1st!

Liberty Healthcare Corporation


Nikki Hernandez, PhD. is the current SOCCPN Treasurer.  Dr. Hernandez received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. She originally started working with victims of sexual assault during her clinical training and her interests transitioned to working with offenders. Also, in 2013, Nikki completed her pre-doctoral internship at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center specializing in substance addiction and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Following this position, she returned to sex offending work by accepting a postdoctoral training position with Liberty Healthcare in the Sexually Violent Persons civil commitment program at the Illinois Department of Human Services Treatment and Detention Facility. In this position, she provided therapy in a team setting and conducted psychological assessments. In 2014, Nikki continued as clinical staff at Liberty Healthcare and is currently a member of the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the Sex Offender Civil Commitment Providers Network (SOCCPN). She recently presented a webinar to the Illinois chapter of ATSA on using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat Sexually Violent Persons and is slated to present at the 2015 SOCCPN conference.

She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois, as well as an Illinois Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider. Nikki's research interests include psychopathy, dual diagnosis, and trauma informed care.

Nicole Hernandez, Ph.D.

Clinical Therapist

Illinois Dept. of Human Services
Treatment and Detention Facility
Liberty Health Care
Rushville, Illinois   62681

Jennifer Schneider, Ph.D.,  is currently serving as the Secretary of the SOCCPN Board.  She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University.  She is presently employed by the Department of Human Services as the Director of Research and Quality Improvement at the Special Treatment Unit, New Jersey's civil commitment facility for sex offenders.  She served as the Project Coordinator on a federally funded sex offender reentry study that provided counseling and case management to sex offenders recently released from incarceration in collaboration with the Department of Corrections and State Parole Board.  In addition, she worked as a Program Development Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Corrections where she supervised the release processes and monitored prosecutor notification for sex offenders. She also taught a variety of undergraduate criminal justice classes at Rutgers University.


Jennifer Schneider, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Quality Improvement
Special Treatment Unit
(732) 499-5393  


Rebecca Jackson, Ph.D., is the Past-President of the SOCCPN Leadership Board. She is the Clinical Director for the Florida Civil Commitment Center. Previously, she was a Chief Psychologist with the South Carolina Sex Offender Civil Commitment Program. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Forensic & Correctional Mental Health Counseling program at Palo Alto University. Her primary professional interests are in the areas of psychopathy, risk assessment, and sex offending. In addition to her published work, she has presented and delivered training regionally and nationally on these topics. In 2008, she received the Theodore Blau Award for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology.

Rebecca Jackson, PhD
Correct Care Recovery Solutions

Florida Civil Commitment Center

13619 Southeast Highway 70

Arcadia, FL  34266




Anita Schlank, PhD, ABPP has been assessing and treating sexual offenders since the mid-1980s, and has been very involved in SVP programs since 1995.  She was formerly the clinical director of Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sexual offenders (from 1995 – 2003), and is currently the Clinical Director of Virginia’s SVP program.  She has consulted to seven other SVP programs, including acting as an expert witness to defend those programs in class action lawsuits.  Dr. Schlank is the former president of the Minnesota chapter of ATSA, and is the editor of The Sexual Predator, a series of books on the civil commitment of sexual offenders. 


Anita Schlank, PhD, ABPP, LCP, CSOTP

Clinical Director

Va. Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation

4901 E. Patrick Henry Highway

Burkeville, VA  23922



Jannine Hebert, M.A.  Ms. Hébert is the Executive Clinical Director of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in the Department of Human Services. She is a Master’s trained Licensed Psychologist and has worked with sexual abusers and those impacted by sexual abuse for over 15 years. She has worked with adolescent and adult sexual offenders in inpatient, outpatient and prison settings. Prior to coming to MSOP she was the Associate Director of Behavioral Health in the DOC and supervised Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Sex Offender programming in the prisons.




Jannine Hébert MA, LP

MSOP Executive Clinical Director

444 Lafayette Road North

St. Paul, MN 55155


Angeline Stanislaus, M.D. completed her medical degree in 1990 from Tirunelveli Medical College, India. After training in psychiatry for three years in the United Kingdom, she moved to the United States. She completed her residency training in psychiatry in 2001 and her forensic psychiatry fellowship in 2002, from Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL. She is board certified in general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and licensed to practice medicine in Illinois and Missouri. From 2004 to 2012, she provided psychiatric treatment to sex offenders civilly committed in Illinois under the Sexually Dangerous Person's Act. She has also served as an expert witness for sex offender civil commitment proceedings both in Illinois and Missouri.

In her present position as the Chief Medical Officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, she is highly involved in the clinical program development of Missouri's sex offender civil commitment program. She has given presentations on sex offender specific topics at ATSA and other conferences. Dr. Stanislaus is a clinical assistant professor at St. Louis University Department of Psychiatry and she teaches the sex offender risk assessment and treatment seminar for the forensic psychiatry fellowship program.

David Prescott, LCSW, is a past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and has produced 13 book projects on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He has trained around the world, most recently in Japan, Romania, and Poland. Mr. Prescott was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sexual Aggression in the UK. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and certified as a trainer for the International Center for Clinical Excellence.

Jason Smith, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified health services provider. He has served as the Administrator for the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO) in Cherokee, Iowa since November of 2003 and was appointed Superintendent of Cherokee Mental Health Institution in November of 2010.  He also maintains a small outpatient sex offender treatment program in Des Moines.  He was recognized as Leader of the Year for the Department of Human Services in 2006.   Dr. Smith has served in many different clinical and administrative capacities in non-profit organizations serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness.  He also has worked in community based corrections, private practice and has held adjunct faculty positions at Columbia College and Buena Vista University as well as various community colleges.  He has been active in statewide initiatives in policy development, treatment provision and risk assessment for sex offenders. Dr. Smith currently serves as President for the Iowa Psychological Association and is a member of American Psychological Association, the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Sex Offender Civil Commitment Providers Network and Legislated Sex Offender Research Council. 

Deirdre D'Orazio, Psy.D. works as a consultant to the CA Department of State Hospitals, where she has worked in various capacities for about fifteen years including as the Director of Evaluation and Development Services, where she oversaw the treatment program and forensic evaluations department for the Sexually Violent Predator program at Coalinga State Hospital. She has worked as a Sexually Violent Predator evaluator, completing over 600 forensic reports of high- risk sexual offenders including provision of expert testimony. Her current work with CA DSH involves consultation on sexual offender issues; she oversees a panel of evaluators and is involved in managing community conditional release programs.   Dr. D'Orazio is also a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice as the CEO of Central Coast Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services where she maintains a psychotherapy practice specializing in interpersonal trauma and sexuality.  Her company provides program evaluation, training and development services and has been involved large and small scale national and international projects.


Dr. D'Orazio is an active member of the California Coalition On Sexual Offending (CCOSO) serving as Chairperson of the Civil Commitment Committee; lead author of the CCOSO paper on the California SVP system and an author on the Adult Treatment Standards paper and soon to be published Treatment Completion paper. She is an active member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the Sexual Offender Civil Commitment Network, and the Central Coast Psychological Association. Dr. D'Orazio has particular interest and published papers, professional presentations and research projects in the areas of sexual offender risk assessment, paraphilia diagnosis, offender treatment, program evaluation, staff and program development, psychopathy, and clinical supervision.

Deirdre D'Orazio