Psychologist and Attorney, Bonny Forrest is a legal and psychological analyst who brings a positive, intelligent viewpoint to broadcast television. Her diverse career includes experience on Wall Street, in brain imaging at the National Institute of Mental Health, directing early childhood and parenting community programs and litigating civil rights cases (including the representation of people on death row). She is also a published author, a dynamic speaker, and a thoughtful blogger.
Bonny has been a frequent guest on NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW on various provocative issues and high-profile cases. She has also provided tips on general wellness and mental health.
She has published numerous popular and scholarly articles in many outlets on topics including parenting, wellness, general psychology, learning disabilities and psychiatric issues, and child psychology. Bonny has also provided content for a number of major publications including CNN.com, WebMD, and Money Magazine.
Bonny is a highly sought after public speaker known for her lively and engaging speaking style at corporate and academic events. Bonny has spoken and moderated panels at numerous annual meetings including those of the American Psychological Association, the Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Association, the International Learning Disabilities Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the American Bar Association.
Currently, Bonny has a private practice where she works with individuals, groups, consults to organizations and provides expert witness services. She is an advisor to numerous organizations including www.greatschools.org and a member of the Board of the Immigration Justice Project of the American Bar Association and member of their Mental Health Advisory Committee. Bonny teaches as an adjunct faculty member at California School of Professional Psychology. She also created the first online screening program for autism and mental health issues in children at www.projectskip.com. Bonny is working on her first major book: Is That Normal?: A guide to understanding your child’s behavior.
Bonny received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Purdue University, her law degree from Indiana University and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She also completed fellowships at Yale University, Columbia University and the National Institute of Mental Health. She has received numerous awards and recognition from a variety of groups for her academic and community work.
A native of Indiana, Bonny lives with her husband in San Diego, California after spending over two decades in New York, New York.