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Sep
29

Examining the (In)accuracy of Police Reporting and Interrogation

Audio recording full interrogations may lead to greater accuracy in reporting of interrogation behavior by police and suspects. 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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Sep
22

Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory does Not Predict Future Offending

Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory does not predict future offending and thus should not yet be used for risk assessment purposes in applied forensic settings. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into […]

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Sep
15

Less than 20% Total Agreement between Independent Evaluators on Forensic Mental Health Evaluations

Total agreement between independent evaluators on forensic mental health evaluations was less than twenty percent. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Psychological Assessment, 2017, Vol. 29, […]

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Sep
08

Why Do Forensic Experts Disagree? Suggestions for Policy and Practice Changes

Unreliable opinions can result in arbitrary or unjust legal outcomes for forensic examinees, as well as diminish confidence in psychological expertise within the legal system. This is the bottom line of a recently published article Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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Sep
01

New Fordham Risk Screening Tool May Be Able to Accurately Identify Patients In Need Of A Full Violence Risk Assessment

The Fordham Risk Screening Tool may be able to identify patients in need of further violence risk assessment and screen out patients who would receive low risk ratings. 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 […]

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Aug
25

Sex offenders with “deadly combination” of psychopathy and deviant sexual interests are not more likely to reoffend

Research found no evidence that sexual offenders who possess high levels of both psychopathic traits and deviant sexual interests are at a higher risk for reoffending than other sexual offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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Aug
18

We’re not so different: Comparing American and immigrant trauma survivors

Responses of immigrants from 46 different countries with histories of trauma to Trauma Symptom Inventory-2 in context of immigration court proceedings are generally similar to American trauma survivors. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation […]

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Aug
04

Irrespective of Admission or Denial, the CASIC Demonstrates that Behavioral Correlates are Significantly Associated with Sexual Interest in Children

The items on the Correlates of Admission of Sexual Interest in Children (CASIC) assessment represent behavioral correlates that, when summed in a risk tool development sample, are significantly associated with the admission of sexual interest in children. These items are: individuals who have never been married, child pornography content that included sexual abuse videos, child […]

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Jul
28

Promising preliminary results for DBT in a forensic psychiatric setting

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) shows promising results in reducing aggressive behavior in a forensic psychiatric sample. 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 as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article […]

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Jul
14

Most Juveniles Who Commit Violent Offenses Do Not Reoffend in Adulthood

These findings may help inform new delinquency interventions that target the needs of a small group of violent adolescent offenders accounting for a large amount of violent crimes. 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 […]

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Jun
30

Does normative data represent the norm with respect to justice-involved men?

Justice-involved men appear to represent a distinct neuropsychological population. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology | 2017, Vol. 40, No. […]

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Jun
16

Mixed Findings on the SAVRY’s and YLS/CMI’s Sensitivity to Short-term Changes in Risk

Although internal and external sensitivity to change on the SAVRY and YLS/CMI are partially supported, both measures were not more dynamic in assessing risk than the PCLR:YV. 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 […]

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