Competency

Feb
15

General Intelligence Is a More Robust Predictor of Competency Restoration than a Measure of Externalizing Behaviors

The present study evaluated whether specific aspects of psychopathological constructs assessed by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), and specific cognitive abilities assessed by the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI/WASI-II), were associated with length of competency restoration among 344 male pretrial defendants hospitalized in a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital. Higher Juvenile […]

DETAIL
Oct
19

MMPI-2-RF Scales Have Limited Utility in Predicting Competency Restoration

The present study evaluated whether specific aspects of psychopathological constructs assessed by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) and specific cognitive abilities assessed by the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI/WASI-II), were associated with length of competency restoration of a sample of male pretrial defendants in a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital. No […]

DETAIL
Oct
12

Attorneys’ perspectives on their clients’ abilities to plead guilty

A substantial minority of attorneys may have faced a professional quandary in terms of doubting a client’s competence to plead but choosing not to raise the issue—a conflict for which little professional guidance exists. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. Below is a summary of […]

DETAIL
Apr
06

MMPI-2-RF comparison groups for defendants evaluated for Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility

The MMPI-2-RF can be useful in characterizing defendants evaluated for Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility, which will allow forensic examiners to have a better sense of what to expect in terms of MMPI-2-RF results from individuals undergoing such evaluations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in The International Journal […]

DETAIL
Feb
23

Research should Include Consideration of Combined CST and MSO Evaluations

Combined evaluations of competency to stand trial (CST) and mental state at the time of the offense (MSO) should be incorporated into research methodology to more closely mirror clinical practice. 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 […]

DETAIL
Jun
09

Conducting competent research on competency and sanity

Incorporating combined competency to stand trial (CST) and mental state at the time of the offense (MSTO) evaluations into CST and MSTO research is an important methodological consideration not to be overlooked. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and […]

DETAIL
Mar
10

Cognitive Processing Style May Represent a Threat to Making Competent Plea Decisions

A person’s cognitive processing style may affect his or her decision to accept a plea bargaining more so than his or her values. 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 […]

DETAIL
Jan
20

Use of Psychological Instruments Makes No Difference in Contested Competency Cases

Identifying which defendants are at increased risk to repeat a return to competency (RTC) program would allow more resources to be allocated toward those who have the greatest need, thus reducing the cost associated with repeating the program. This study found that defendants diagnosed with a psychotic disorder and who had three or more previous […]

DETAIL
Oct
14

Outpatient Competency Restoration Shows Promising Outcomes

Outpatient competency restoration programs (OCRP’s) demonstrate high competency restoration rates, low program failure rates, and financial savings for state institutions. 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. […]

DETAIL
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. […]

DETAIL
Dec
13

50 Professional Resources Relevant to the Practice of Forensic Psychology

Various professional organizations have developed documents and other resources that are relevant to the practice of forensic psychology. We have collated these below for ease of access, as professionals who practice in the area of forensic psychology should be familiar with the existence of these resources. If you have others you’d like us to add, […]

DETAIL
Dec
06

Clinical Opinions Regarding Likelihood of Restoration to Competence Depend Upon Records Reviewed

Evaluators who did not consider psychological, medical and/or criminal records as part of a competency evaluation were more likely to opine incompetent defendants as restorable than those who did consider these records. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research […]

DETAIL