Forensic Mental Health Assessment

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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Feb
07

Development of the HCR-20 Version 3 (Videos of Dr. Kevin Douglas)

The HCR-20 is a structured professional judgment risk assessment tool that is used throughout the world to assist in the evaluation of risk for general violence. In 2013, the third version of this risk assessment instrument was published. As part of the launch of the long-awaited 3rd edition to this risk assessment tool, a series […]

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Jan
31

Psychopathy Facets Add Predictive Utility Over and Above Antisocial Personality Disorder

The four facets of psychopathy add predictive utility over and above Antisocial Personality Disorder for various aspects of clinical and criminal behavior. 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 […]

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Jan
23

Static-99 and Static-99R May NOT Work for Latino Offenders

The Static-99 and the Static-99R may not work as well for Latino offenders as it does for Black and White offenders. 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 […]

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Jan
17

Static-99 and Static-99R May NOT Work as Well for Latino Offenders

The Static-99 and the Static-99R may not work as well for Latino offenders as it does for Black and White offenders. 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 […]

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Jan
03

Developmental Factors May Contribute to Adolescent Offending

Developmental factors serve to tip adolescents’ risk appraisals toward risk-taking, which contributes to adolescent offending. 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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Dec
20

Changes in Dynamic Risk Factors Predict Short-Term Institutional Violence

Changes in dynamic risk factors predict short-term institutional violence, even after controlling for static risk factors. 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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Nov
22

Most Americans Do NOT have a Complete Understanding of their Miranda Rights

Most Americans do not have a complete understanding of their Miranda rights. In fact, only about 3% are aware of their continuing legal rights. Even those who are able to recall the Miranda warning show misconceptions about its meaning. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. […]

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