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Jun
02

Juveniles Who Receive More, Knowledgeable Support From Their Mothers May Be Less Likely To Re-Offend

Mothers’ knowledge of the justice system may influence juvenile re-offending. 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. Featured Article | Psychology, Public Policy, and Law | 2017, […]

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May
19

Attorneys Often Fail to Clarify Ambiguous Child Testimony

When asked ‘do you know’ and ‘do you remember’ (DYK/R) questions containing an implicit wh- (who, what, where, why, how, and which) question requesting information, children often provided unelaborated ‘yes’ responses. When DYK/R questions contained an implicit yes/no question, unelaborated ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses could be responding to the explicit or implicit questions resulting in […]

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May
12

Sexually Abusive Clergy A Unique Subgroup of Sexual Offenders

Given the differences between sex offender subgroups, it may be important to consider offender types and their unique risk factors when developing sex offender management practices. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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May
04

Multiple Feigning Strategies Used in Competence (CST) Evaluations

When CST examinees feign psychiatric symptoms, it is likely they will also engage in additional feigning regarding their lack of legal knowledge. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Heath. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Apr
28

Contextual information influences lineup identification statements

People readily incorporate contextual information into their interpretations of witnesses’ verbal expressions of confidence and evaluations of accuracy. 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
21

Youths’ Attitudes Toward the Justice System are Most Impacted by Their First Arrest

Youths’ first contact with the justice system may have an impact on their offending behavior and rearrests. 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 | Law […]

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Apr
19

AP-LS 2017 Presidential Address

Dr. David DeMatteo presented his Presidential address "AP-LS and the Field of Psychology-Law: A Blueprint for the Future" at the 2017 Annual American Psychology-Law Society meeting in Seattle. He discusses the development of AP-LS, examine the most pressing issues facing AP-LS and the psychology-law field, and discuss an agenda for moving the field and our [...]
By Amber Watkins | Conferences
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Apr
14

PCRA Overestimates Recidivism for Older Offenders and Underestimates for Younger Offenders

Despite the inclusion of age as a risk factor, PCRA scores overestimate rates of recidivism for older offenders and underestimate rates of recidivism for younger offenders. 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 […]

By Amber Watkins | Uncategorized
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Apr
14

Understanding and Mitigating Bias in Forensic Evaluation

A new article in press in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health written by Professors Patricia Zapf & Itiel Dror examines the ways in which bias can interfere with forensic evaluation. Zapf, P. A., & Dror, I. E. (in press). Understanding and mitigating bias in forensic evaluation: Lessons from forensic science. International Journal of Forensic [...]
By Amber Watkins | Uncategorized
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Apr
07

Psychopathy Associated with Witnessing Domestic Violence as a Child

Witnessing domestic violence as a child is associated with overall psychopathy levels. 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 | Law and Human Behavior | 2017, […]

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Mar
31

Youth, Probation Officer, and Parent Behavior Influence Case Processing and Recidivism

Youth behavior, the assessment of extralegal factors by probation officers, and parental input in probation interviews affect case processing decisions for juvenile first-time offenders and subsequent reoffending. 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 […]

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Mar
24

Perceptions of Justice Among Victimized Female Prisoners

Victims’ perceptions of procedural and distributive justice of a class action lawsuit may shape legal case theory, future injunctive relief, and policy directions primed for the prevention of sexual violence within prisons. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research […]

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