Dr. Hays received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia (1970), and his Juris Doctor degree from the South Texas College of Law (1980). He is licensed in Texas as a psychologist and an attorney; however, his practice is limited to psychological assessment and consulting on legal psychological matters, primarily criminal and administrative issues in Texas. He is a Diplomate in Clinical (1977) and Forensic (1979) Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Hays holds adjunct faculty status at the University of Houston (1968-present), conducted research, training, and patient care at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences (1968 to 1985), the University of Texas Medical School at Houston/Harris County Psychiatric Center (1985 to 2003), and Baylor College of Medicine/Ben Taub General Hospital (2003 to 2012). He authored over 100 scientific papers, 14 book chapters, and has written or compiled a dozen books related to psychology and law. His primary research interests are in psychological assessment as it relates to legal matters, the development of norms for particular populations, and the relationships among psychological assessment tools.
Dr. Hays is a member of the Medical Reserve Corp, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas State Guard, Houston Medical Response Group, and serves as Executive Officer (XO) of the Group. He deployed with the State Guard at Operation Lone Star in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as Hurricane Alex in 2010. He holds the Senior Military Emergency Management System Badge from the State Guard Association of the United States and is an amateur extra class radio operator (AJ5RH) for emergency communications.