Amanda Powers, Psy.D., LP

Amanda Powers, Psy.D., LP

As of July 2017 Dr. Powers has limited availability only for limited psychosexual evaluations.  She is not available for therapy referrals.  Contact Dr. Powers directly for more information.

Dr. Amanda Powers is a Licensed Psychologist who earned an APA accredited Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Honolulu, Hawaii in 2002. In 2004, she completed a 2-year advanced post-doctoral Clinical/Research fellowship at the Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School. She joined faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School at the Program in Human Sexuality. She has been the Director of Psychological Services at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater, and the Interim Clinical Director of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP). She is currently a Senior Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with Hennepin County District Court – Psychological Services, and in private practice.

She has held the following professional positions:

  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Program in Human Sexuality (2002-2005)
  • Independent Practice Psychologist (2005-Current)
  • Foster home group therapist (2005-2009)
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), Interim Clinical Director and Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Director (2005-2007)
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections – Stillwater Prison, Director of Psychological Services (2007-2009)


Powers-Sawyer, A. and Miner, M. (2009). Actuarial prediction of juvenile recidivism: The static variables of the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (J-SOAP-II). Sexual Offender Treatment, 4, Issue 2.

Powers-Sawyer, A. and Sawyer, S. (2010). Special considerations in group therapy with juveniles who sexually offend. In R.E. Longo & D.F. Prescott (Eds.), Current perspectives: Working with sexually aggressive youth and youth with sexual behavior problems. Holyoke, MA: NEARI Press.

Paper Presentations

  • M. Acklin, Ph.D., ABPP, L.Kaneshiro, M.S., A. Powers, M.A. (February, 2000). The current status of intimate violence risk assessment. In J. Johnston (Chair), Domestic Violence: Assessment and Intervention Issues. Symposium conducted at the 27 Annual Conference of the Western Society of Criminology, Kona, Hawaii
  • Powers-Sawyer, Psy.D., LP, S. Righthand, Ph.D., D. Epperson, Ph.D., M. Miner, Ph.D., LP (October, 2009). Recent Validation Findings of the J-SOAP-II and J-SORATT-II: Implications for Juvenile Risk Assessment. In 28 Annual Conference “Preventing Sexual Abuse: New Frontiers In the Management and Treatment of Sexual Abusers,” Dallas, Texas


Carita Anderson, Ph.D. and Amanda Powers, Psy.D. (September, 2003). Comprehensive Treatment for Compulsive Sexual Behaviors: The Program in Human Sexuality Model. Sponsored by The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 2003 National Conference

Amanda Powers, Psy.D., LP and Marnie Dollinger, M.S. (October, 2006). Overview of Juvenile and Adult Sex Offender Treatment. Sponsored by Minnesota Social Service Association, 2006 Fall Conference

Amanda Powers, Psy.D., LP and Ann LaValley-Wood, Psy.D., LP (March, 2007). Overview of Juvenile and Adult Sex Offender Treatment. In 114th Annual Training Conference “Times they are a Changing.” Sponsored by Minnesota Social Service Association, Bloomington, Minnesota

Amanda Powers-Sawyer, Psy.D., LP, Larry Panciera, Ph.D., LP, ABPP, Bruce Renken, Ph.D., LP, ABPP, Katheryn Cranbrook, Psy.D., LP, ABPP, Linda Berberoglu, Ph.D., LP, ABPP (April, 2010).  Controversial Psycho-Legal Issues in SDP/SPP Evaluations: Fourth Judicial District Court Psychological Services Panel. In “Fourteenth Annual MnATSA Conference.” Sponsored by Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Michael Miner, Ph.D., LP and Amanda Powers-Sawyer, Psy.D., LP (November, 2011). Treatment of Adolescent Boys: Recent Findings from Attachment Theory and How They Inform Therapy. In 30th Annual Conference “Milestones: Past, Present, and Future.” Sponsored by The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Toronto, Canada

Amanda Powers-Sawyer, Psy.D., LP (November, 2012). SDP/SPP Risk Assessment. CLE Workshop provided for Minnesota County Attorney’s Association CL. St. Paul, Minnesota

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for “Journal of Sex Research” (2016-current)
  • Guest Reviewer for “Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment” (2010)
  • Founding Board Member, Pinehaven Youth and Family Services, Inc. (2006-2010)

Academic Scholarships

American Society for Industrial Security Scholarship Recipient, 1999


Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Clinical Member

Specialty Training

  • (2010) Advanced Training in PCL-R, Darkstone Research Group, Ltd.
  • (2006) Advanced Training in PCL-R, Darkstone Research Group, Ltd.
  • (2002) Detection of Physiological Deception: The Polygraph, with Charles Shlupski. Sponsored by Hawaii Organization of Polygraph Examiners, Aiea, Hawaii, (14 hours)
  • (2001) Issues in Violence for the Mental Health Workers: Workplace Violence, Sexual Predators, and Domestic Violence Perpetrators, with Jack S. Annon, Ph.D., David Shapiro, Ph.D., and Lenore Walker, Ed.D., Sponsored by Hawaii Psychological Association and Forensic and Behavioral Sciences Institute, (8 hours)
  • (2002) Violence Risk and Threat Assessment, with Reid Meloy, Ph.D., ABPP. Sponsored by Specialized Training Services, Inc. (14 hours)
  • (1999) Sexual Offender Profiling: Behavioral Analysis of Violent Crime Scenes, with Roy Hazelwood, FBI (retired), Sponsored by Specialized Training Services, Inc. (14 hours)
  • (1999) Honolulu Police Department: Citizens Police Academy (42 hours)


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