From SWAT Team to Forensic Psychology
If you wanted to know the three most important bones in the body, you might ask Dr. Jaime R. Picañol, Carlos Albizu University associate professor, forensic scientist, and former SWAT team commander for the Florida Highway Patrol. “Jimmy,” as he is known by many, would respond forthrightly as he did for nearly 20 sons and daughters visiting Carlos Albizu University’s Miami campus for “Take Your Kids to Work Day” on May 2nd. “The wish bone, the back bone, and the funny bone,” he answered to the intrigued young audience. “You need your wish bone to help keep your dreams alive; your back bone to maintain the fortitude to realize those dreams; and you need your funny bone because life is about having fun. Having fun is what will help you succeed in life, regardless of where your career takes you.”
Dr. Picañol knows a thing or two about career journeys and life-long learning. He is a 27-year veteran with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) who retired with the rank of Major. A graduate of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, VA, and trained with the US Marines at Camp Lejune, NC. Dr. Picañol is also an alumnus of the Florida Highway Patrol’s SWAT team, which he later commandeered. He has received several commendations from the USMC and US Coastguard for providing tactical security during a change of command, and has organized and instructed new police training curriculum for the government of Venezuela, where he was also awarded the “Cruz de Transito Terrestre.”
A committed and life-long learner, Dr. Picañol continued this passion while at FHP. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Barry University, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Carlos Albizu University, where upon graduating with a GPA of 4.0 he was presented with the Distinguished Doctoral Student of the Year award.
Dr. Picañol currently teaches live and online courses for Carlos Albizu University in the disciplines of psychology and forensic science and is a psychology resident at Alliance for Psychological Services. He finds strength and motivation from his faith in God and his cheerleader – his wife, Giselle.
Caption for attached photo: Jaime R. Picañol, PsyD, discusses the parts of the brain during Carlos Albizu University’s recent “Take Your Children to Work Day.” Earlier he led a presentation on the human body in one of three science labs of Carlos Albizu University’s new undergraduate wing. See accompanying article.