Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

Cary Dennis Rostow, PhD

Dr. Rostow grew up, and was initially educated in Brooklyn NY.  His father was a NYC Police Lieutenant who worked extensively with the Civilian Review Board of that era.  He attended the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he took a degree in Psychology.  Dr. Rostow earned the Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  He studied Clinical Psychology as an intern at Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville LA, and then returned to Chicago, where he became an Evaluator for the Illinois Department of Mental Health.

In 1977, he became a Professor of Psychology at Northwestern State University in Natichotoches LA, where he directed the Masters Degree Clinical Psychology program.  By 1981, he established a private practice in Baton Rouge and as well as serving as the director of psychology at the Veterans Administration Clinic.  In subsequent years, He developed an active community and hospital based practice in the Baton Rouge area.

Dr. Rostow is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist in the State of Louisiana.  He is listed in the National Register of Health Care Providers and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the National Academy of Neuropsychologists, the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, and the Psychology Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  He holds a Post-Doctoral Masters Degree in Psychopharmacology from the California School for Professional Psychology.   He holds the Diplomate in Police Psychology from the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.

His community practice includes the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depressive conditions, especially associated with post-traumatic stress, and personal injury and conflict.  He is the President of Matrix, Inc., a professional police psychology corporation that provides services to law enforcement agencies, including Stress Training, Fitness of Duty Examinations and police candidate Pre-employment Screening.  He has published widely in many areas, including police psychology selection and fitness for duty methodologies and posttraumatic stress isorder treatment approaches.  Dr Rostow is the senior author of Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluations for Law Enforcement Executives (with Robert Davis, 2004).  Dr. Rostow is also an author of the Matrix-Psychological Uniform Law Enforcement Selection Evaluation (M-PULSE), a methodology and inventory for the determination of the probability of civil rights violations and other misconduct in law enforcement officers and law enforcement officer candidates, now in publication with MHS.

Dr. Rostow has been married 33 years; his wife is an Educational Therapist.  He has 2 children.  He may be reached at 225-216-9422 or at 740 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or at


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