I've spent a lot of time in jail. Mostly as a visitor, not an inmate.
A forensic psychologist by training, I have a clinical practice where I conduct evaluations in criminal and civil courts (including state, federal, and military courts-martial). In 2001, I graduated from the University of Denver with a doctorate in counseling psychology. Since then, I've worked with individuals ranging from those with normal adjustment difficulties to psychopathic first-degree murderers. Out of the more than 2600 people I have evaluated, I've only feared for my life once.
I grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming, where I developed a love of the outdoors. I grew up hiking, skiing, camping, and running. I ran my first road race at the age of 10, and I completed my first triathlon when I was 14.
I went to college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I double majored in psychology and religious studies. I moved to Denver in 1996 to start graduate school and never left. Living in Denver allows me to continue to indulge my passion for the outdoors.
My mission with my work is to serve justice and to uphold the rights of people with emotional and cognitive difficulties. I see my work as protecting and upholding the Bill of Rights, and I balance that with a strong desire to protect the public. I also work as the 9NEWS Psychologist (KUSA-TV Denver), where I shed light on the inner workings of the human mind and help people understand how to better their lives.
LIST OF JAILS & PRISONs In which Max wachtel, ph.d. has WORKED:
- ADX Supermax Prison (Florence, CO)
- Adams County Jail (Brighton, CO)
- Adams Youth Services Center (Brighton, CO)
- Albany County Jail (Laramie, WY)
- Arapahoe County Jail (Centennial, CO)
- Boulder County Jail (Boulder, CO)
- Broomfield Jail (Broomfield, CO)
- Chafee County Jail (Salida, CO)
- Colorado State Penitentiary (Canon City, CO)
- CMHIP Detention Unit (Pueblo, CO)
- Denver County Jail (Denver, CO)
- Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center (Denver, CO)
- Douglas County Jail (Castle Rock, CO)
- El Paso County Jail (Colorado Springs, CO)
- Federal Correctional Institution (Englewood, CO)
- Garfield County Jail (Glenwood Springs, CO)
- GEO Group Detention Facility (Aurora, CO)
- Gilliam Youth Services Center (Denver, CO)
- Jefferson County Jail (Golden, CO)
- Laramie County Jail (Cheyenne, WY)
- Laramie County Youth Services Center (Cheyenne, WY)
- Larimer County Jail (Fort Collins, CO)
- Marvin Foote Center (Centennial, CO)
- Natrona County Jail (Casper, WY)
- San Carlos Correctional Facility (Pueblo, CO)
- Sheridan County Jail (Sheridan, WY)
- Torrington Medium Correctional Facility (Torrington, WY)
- Van Cise-Simonet Detention Facility (Denver, CO)
- Wallens Ridge State Prison (Big Stone Gap, VA)
- Weld County Jail (Greeley, CO)
- Wyoming State Hospital Jail Unit (Evanston, WY)
- Yuma County Jail (Yuma, CO)