Author: Amber Watkins

Apr
26

Current Treatment Modalities May Not Fully Address the Heterogeneity of Psychopathology in Dual Diagnosis Forensic Inpatient Populations

This study sought to clarify the psychiatric and criminological characteristics among Belgian French-speaker forensic inpatients with low IQ and mental health illnesses (MHI). To this end, we compared a low IQ group with MHI, low IQ group, and control group. Compared to the control group, proportionally more patients in the low IQ and MHI group […]

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Apr
22

APLS 2019 Presidential Address by Dr. Kevin Douglas

Dr. Kevin Douglas presented his Presidential address--Accomplishments and Aspirations: The Role of Psychology and Law in Fostering Public Good--at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in Portland, Oregon this March. American Psychology-Law Society Presidential Address About Dr. Kevin Douglas Dr. Kevin Douglas received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 from the University of [...]
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Apr
22

AAFP Distinguished Contributions Award Address by Dr. Stephen Hart

Dr. Stephen Hart was awarded the American Academy of Forensic Psychology's Distinguish Contributions Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in Portland, Oregon this March. His award address was entitled, Beyond Validity: The Quest for Justice in Violence Risk Assessment. American Psychology-Law Society Address About Dr. Stephen Hart Dr. Stephen D. Hart [...]
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Apr
19

Targeting Implicit Criminal Cognition in Policies and Intervention Programs

Criminal cognition outside of conscious awareness or conscious control may be a cognitive marker for criminal behavior. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice.   Featured Article | […]

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Apr
12

Stop treating me like a child: Youths’ perceptions of just treatment in adult and juvenile courts

Although youth adjudicated in adult court felt more justly treated that youth adjudicated in juvenile court, the findings should be interpreted as supporting necessary procedural justice adjustments to the juvenile court settings, as transfers to adult court have been linked to worse outcomes. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, […]

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Apr
05

Ward Climate? Research Shows: Still No Operationalized Definition

Ward climate is often used to refer to the material, social, and emotional conditions of a unit that influence the mood, behavior, and self-concept of the individuals involved. This study sought to examine the psychometric properties of the EssenCES and the GCI-r, two self-report questionnaires that assess ward climate, and the overlap between these two […]

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Mar
29

The impact of gender and views of sexualization on sexual harassment judgments

Allowing people to consider information about how others view sexual objectification could reduce the influence of gender and attitudes toward sexualization on judgments of sexual harassment. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation […]

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Mar
22

When innocent confess: Modern potential jurors’ attitude toward false confessions

Modern potential jurors are more aware of the false confession phenomenon, with media promoting knowledge about interrogation and confession process. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Mar
15

Caution!: Underdiagnosis of Substance Use Disorders in Forensic Populations Overlooks Criminogenic Treatment Need

Research suggests that co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) is prevalent among adults with psychiatric illness. To help determine how widespread co-occurring disorders (CD) are internationally, we compared current clinical diagnoses recorded in the clinical record with clinical evidence gathered during forensic assessments in an inpatient forensic facility in Ontario, Canada. The majority of the sub-sample […]

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Mar
08

Two Early Intervention Targets for Juvenile Recidivism: Prior Victimization and Substance Use

Prior victimization significantly predicted whether a youth had future contact with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system, even while considering other factors, such as risk level and youth characteristics. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Mar
01

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy within the Risk Need Responsivity Framework Reduces Recidivism

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) exemplifies all the components of Cognitive-Behavioral programs that have been found to reduce recidivism rates. The results of the following literature review offer preliminary evidence that DBT has the potential to reduce recidivism in criminal justice systems if it is applied within a Risk-Need-Responsivity framework. This is the bottom line of […]

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Feb
22

Predeliberation Juror Discussion Leads to Bias in Jury Deliberation

Discussion of trial evidence by jurors, prior to jury deliberation, can introduce a systematic bias in jury verdicts. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | […]

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