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May
16

Noncompliant Behaviors in Mental Health Courts have the Strongest Impact on Failure-to-Graduate

Noncompliant participant behaviors in Mental Health Courts have the strongest impact on failure-to-graduate, which eliminates the mitigating effects of MHCs on risk to reoffend. 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 […]

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May
02

Innovating Psychology and Law: AP-LS Presidential Address by Dr. Jennifer Skeem (Video)

This year at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS), which took place in New Orleans during the first weekend in March, Dr. Jennifer Skeem presented her Presidential Address to a packed room early Friday morning. Innovating Psychology and Law The theme for Dr. Skeem’s address was innovating psychology and law, a topic […]

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Apr
25

Crime + Substance Misuse = Increased Risk

Adolescents who commit crime and misuse substances are at increased risk for subsequent crime and substance-related social problems compared to adolescents who only commit crime or who only misuse substances or who do neither. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the […]

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Apr
18

A Clinical Case Study using the HCR-20 Version 3 (Video)

The HCR-20 is the most commonly used violence risk assessment instrument across 44 countries, with over 100 evaluation studies in 32 countries. Version 3 of the HCR-20 was released in 2013 and since that time professionals and organizations have begun the process of implementing Version 3 into their clinical practice and clinical service provision. Administration […]

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Apr
11

Victimization Increases Risk for Violence

Recent victimization increases risk for violence in justice-involved persons with mental illness. 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 | 2014, […]

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Apr
04

Practical Guidance to Successful Clinical Implementation of the HCR-20 Version 3 (Video)

According to a recent survey, the HCR-20 is the most commonly used violence risk assessment measure across 44 different countries. The HCR-20 assists professionals in correctional, mental health, and forensic settings make decisions about who poses higher versus lower risk for violence, either within institutions or the community, and to devise and monitor risk management […]

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Mar
28

Predictive Validity of the SAVRY Differs Across Ethnic Subgroups

The SAVRY demonstrated moderate predictive ability for general and violent recidivism in an Australian cohort of young male offenders; however, the predictive validity of the SAVRY significantly differed across ethnic subgroups. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Mar
14

IQ Moderates the Relation between Psychopathy and Juvenile Offending

IQ was found to moderate the relation between psychopathy and juvenile offending such that the highest levels of offending were found in youth with relatively higher levels of psychopathy and relatively higher IQ. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research […]

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Mar
07

Dr. Stephen Hart on the Administration of the HCR-V3 (Video)

In 2013 the long-awaited Version 3 of the HCR-20 was published. This assessment instrument uses a Structured Professional Judgment approach to threat assessment and risk management. At the International launch of the HCR-V3 in Edinburgh, Scotland a one-day conference was held where international experts involved in the development of Version 3 presented on various topics […]

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Feb
28

Young Offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Demonstrate More Impairment on Psycholegal Abilities

Young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) demonstrate more impairment of psycholegal abilities than young offenders without prenatal alcohol exposure. 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. […]

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Feb
21

Dr. Stephen Hart on the SPJ Approach to Risk Assessment (Video)

The Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) approach to risk assessment holds many points of differentiation from the actuarial approach. Whereas the actuarial approach uses actuarial tests that are developed in one setting and may not be predictive in other settings, the SPJ approach uses instruments that have been developed on the basis of empirical research that […]

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Feb
14

Female Veterans More Likely to Engage in Family Violence

Female veterans were almost 3 times more likely to engage in family violence whereas male veterans were more than 3 times more likely to aggress against strangers. 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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