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Apr
15

Non-Illness Based Motivations for Violence Require Consideration among Persons with Major Mental Illness

While illness-based motivational influences appear to be the primary influence for violence in persons with MMI, non-illness based motivations require consideration in legal and clinical decision-making. 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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Apr
08

What Works and What Doesn’t – Bias Awareness and Correction Strategies Among Forensic Evaluators

Initial inquiry into bias awareness in forensic psychological evaluation sheds light on bias awareness and correction strategies and informs practice and future research. 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 […]

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Apr
01

(Anti)Social Influence on Adolescent Offenders with Psychopathic Traits

Social environment and antisocial influence of peers may play a role in explaining the impact of psychopathic traits in juveniles. 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 […]

By Amber Watkins | Juvenile Offenders . Psychopathy
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Mar
25

PAI May Be Helpful for Gender-Responsive Assessment of Female Inmate Misconduct

Some of the Personality Assessment Inventory’s (PAI) subscales may be predictive of female inmate misconduct. 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 […]

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Mar
18

Negative Affectivity as an Explanation for the Overlap between Psychopathy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This large study of undergraduate students provides insight into the shared and distinctive etiologies of psychopathy and post-traumatic stress disorder, yielding implications for prevention and intervention efforts for offenders with these disorders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of […]

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Mar
11

Juvenile Offenders with Subclinical Depression Display Similar Delinquent Behaviors as those Diagnosed with Major Depression

Structured clinical interviews show an increased level of aggression, substance use, and suicidal behavior among juvenile offenders with subclinical depression. 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 […]

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Mar
04

Sexually Violent Person Statutes Differ Considerably Throughout the United States

SVP statutes differ on definitional and procedural grounds, contributing to misapplication and misinterpretation by clinicians, policymakers, and courts. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in 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 […]

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Feb
29

Last Call for Early Registration for Spring Training. Register now!

Our Spring Training Sessions begin next month. These sessions provide the opportunity to be trained by and receive consultation from some of the leading experts in the field. These courses are intended for clinicians or mental health professionals interested or focused on expert evaluation, testimony, public defenders, mental health staff, victim support staff and more. […]

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Feb
26

Does Active Response vs. Observer Role Impact Officer Recall of Firearms Encounters?

A recent study in the United Kingdom suggests accurate recall of details in firearms encounters may decrease when police officers have an active role in the encounter. 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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Feb
25

Join Michael Perlin and Heather Ellis-Cucolo for LIVE Professional Training on Mental Illness and Risk Assessment

Please join our Spring Training Session on Mental Illness, Dangerousness, the Police Power, and Risk Assessment presented by Professors Michael Perlin and Heather Ellis Cucolo. We limit the number of participants in each Spring Training session to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage in meaningful interaction and discussion with the instructors. This 30-hour training […]

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Feb
19

Childhood Trauma and Risk Factors for Institutional Violence

This large study of a cohort of all admissions to a national prison service showed that childhood trauma is very common among inmates and often co-occurs with other risk factors such as substance abuse, youth crime, and distress. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is […]

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Feb
18

Register for Training & Consultation on the HCR-20-V3 from Dr. Kevin Douglas & Dr. Stephen Hart

Our Spring Training Session on the Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20-V3 presented by Dr. Kevin Douglas and Dr. Stephen Hart will soon be under way! We limit the number of participants in each Spring Training session to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage in meaningful interaction with Drs. Douglas and […]

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