Criminologist and Consultant

Dr. Hickey offers his services as a Consultant, Expert Witness, Public Speaker, and Professional Trainer.

Eric W. Hickey, Ph.D.Biographical Sketch

Dr. Hickey is currently the Dean of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University where he oversees the growth and development of the largest forensics studies program in the United States. His expertise is sought by both the prosecution and defense in criminal trials. He makes frequent media appearances including interviews on CNN, History Channel, NPR, Larry King Live, 20/20, A&E Biography, Good Morning America, CBC, True TV, Discovery and TLC. An informative and most entertaining speaker, Dr. Hickey frequently appears as a guest speaker for private organizations, public agencies, and other interest groups. 

He regularly provides consultation in criminal and civil cases in both state and federal court including crime scene analysis, document examination, interviewing of clients, depositions, client evaluations, jury selection and attorney consultation. He has qualified as a subject matter expert in state and  federal courts involving criminal paraphilia including pedophilia, child molestation, Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome (CSAAS); fetishes; stalking; adult rape and sexual assault, Rape Crisis Syndrome; domestic violence; criminal profiling including arson, juvenile fire-setting, robbery, burglary, workplace violence and homicide (solo and serial). He has participated in pretrial hearings and testified in many criminal trials as well as bail hearings and sentencing phases.

A former consultant to the FBI's UNABOM Task Force, Dr. Hickey currently assists local, state, and federal law enforcement in training and investigations. This includes assisting Peace Officer Service Training (POST) in developing course material and job aids for investigators. He also conducts seminars for agencies involving the profiling and investigating of sex crimes, arson, robbery, homicide, stalking, workplace violence and terrorism as well as workshops for mental health practitioners.  Internationally recognized for his research on multiple homicide offenders, Dr. Hickey has conducted seminars in countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He has also trained VIP protection specialists in Israel in profiling stalkers. His research involving hundreds of victims of stalking examines the psychology and classification of stalkers, victim-offender relationships, intervention, and threat assessment.

At Alliant he currently teaches courses in profiling sex offenders, sexual predators and psychopathology. He also teaches courses in criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno, CA.  Dr. Hickey has taught many courses focusing on criminal personalities, sex crimes and paraphilia, stalking, violence and the psychology and psychopathology of homicide in universities and colleges, as well as for law enforcement, jail and prison staff. He supervises theses and dissertations involving forensic and criminal psychology. Dr. Hickey has considerable field experience working with the criminally insane, psychopaths, sex offenders and other habitual criminals. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the American Prosecutor's Research Institute at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina profiling stalkers and cyber-stalkers.

Dr. Hickey publishes books, articles and lectures extensively on the etiology of violence and serial crime. His book, Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 2010, 5th ed., (Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers), is used as a teaching tool in universities and by law enforcement in studying the nature of violence, criminal personalities and victim-offender relationships. Another of his books, The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime, (Sage Publishers), explores the phenomenon of murder and violence through the eyes of some of the world’s most noted experts. In 2006 he published Sex Crimes and Paraphilia (Prentice-Hall Publishers), a comprehensive examination of sexual perversions, sex offending and sexual predators.

His latest co-authored book, The Myth of a Psychiatric Crime Wave, (Carolina Academic Press) examines the misperceptions and reality of the mentally ill and mentally disordered as criminals. His current research focuses upon the development of his theory of relational paraphilic attachment (RPA). He is also writing his first novel, The Crib, a disturbing journey into the minds of psychotics, psychopaths and the criminally insane.


Doctor of Philosophy (Social Psychology - Major Specialty Areas: Crime and
Deviance; Minor Specialty Area: Medical Sociology, 1985), Brigham Young
University, Provo, Utah.

Master of Arts (Sociology - Emphasis in Deviance and Corrections, 1982),
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Bachelor of Science (Criminal Justice Administration; French minor, 1975),
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.