French has the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology (social disorganization/social psychology) from the University of New Hampshire, a Ph.D. in cultural psychology (educational psychology and measurement) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. in school psychology from Western New Mexico University. He pursued postdoctoral studies in “minorities and criminal justice education” at the State University of New York-Albany and completed the post-doctoral prescribing psychology program including the national exam. He is professor emeritus of psychology from Western New Mexico University; life-member and Fellow of the American Psychological Association; Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; Diplomate/Fellow of the College of Prescribing Psychologists (charter member); life-member of the American Society of Criminology; served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW Post 2860); the Third Marine Division Association; and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He is a licensed clinical psychologist (Arizona); a Fulbright Scholar (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – 2009-2010); and was a Visiting Endowed Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (fall semester 2010). He completed a Fulbright Specialist project (#6764) on "war crimes and missing persons," for the Republic of Srpska, Minister of Interior, Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Police College, University of Banja Luka, February 22 - April 3, 2016. He won a 2014 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award and the 2014 Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award from Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) of the American Psychological Association. In 2018, he won a Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award. He has over 300 publications including 20 books—his latest books are The History of Policing America: From Militias and Military to the Law Enforcement of Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018); North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics (CRC Press, 2016); Policing American Indians: A Unique Chapter in American Jurisprudence (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015); Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England (University Press of America, 2014); and War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars (University Press of America, 2012). His major areas of research interest are international and comparative social, human and criminal justice; Native American and minority issues; police and criminal psychology and neuro-, clinical, and forensic psychology.