Translating Research into Practice

Apr
03

Bail reform: Public’s opinion on using pretrial risk assessment algorithms

Incorporating the public’s opinion into the decision-making process may promote the legitimacy of California’s new pretrial process and the use of risk assessment algorithms in the criminal justice system in general. 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
27

Bias in the eye of the beholder: Impact of pretrial publicity on jurors’ decision-making

Antidefendant and antiprosecution pretrial publicity were found to have powerful effects on jurors’ impressions, evidence interpretation, and decisions, with jury type and pretrial publicity slant being the major influences. 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 […]

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Mar
24

Internet-based Therapy and Telepsychology Guidelines

In this time of quarantine around the world, many mental health professionals are finding themselves facing the need to offer services online. Here are a few guidelines for psychology, social work, and counseling that provide some direction. Psychology Guidance The American Psychological Association (APA) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) have provided the following guidelines […]

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Mar
20

8 Tips for Online Learning

And just like that (snap!) the world has shifted and many are now scrambling to take their work online, school online, everything online. For those who are new to online learning, here are a few study tips that will help ease the transition. #1: Set daily goals for studying Ask yourself what you hope to […]

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Mar
20

Is cross-examination an effective means to educate jurors on valid and reliable evidence?

Judges, attorneys, and jurors were largely insensitive to variations in scientific quality. 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 | 2019, […]

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Mar
19

Anxiety Management Techniques

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health developed tips for community members. Please feel free to share and distribute widely. COVID-19: Managing Stress in this Anxious Time Let’s start with the assumption that everyone capable of understanding current events is living in a state somewhere between “kind of stressed” and “extremely anxious.” That’s natural. Infectious disease […]

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Mar
18

Digital Therapy Resources

As COVID-19 is sweeping the nation, psychologists are rapidly moving to meet patients’ needs and delivering professional services via telehealth. APA has developed the resources below that psychologists can use for telehealth. Several practicing professionals have reviewed these documents, including psychologists and attorneys. These resources are being spread widely and we encourage you all to do […]

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Mar
13

How important are age and motivation to change in rehabilitation programs?

When attempting to change criminal behavior through rehabilitation, clinicians should pay attention to clients’ age and level of motivation because greater maturity and motivation are strengths related to program effectiveness for those individuals. 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
06

The effects of familiarity and support on children’s disclosure of transgressions

Children gave more complete and consistent reports of adult wrongdoing in response to open-ended questions when interviewers used a supportive (vs. neutral) interviewing style across two interviews. The identity of the interviewer (same or different) had little impact on their accounts. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human […]

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Feb
28

New mechanisms have been identified that promote negative attitudes toward the police and encourage future adolescent offending

Violent victimization and peer delinquency contribute to the formation of negative attitudes toward the police, which, in turn, increase a youth’s propensity to engage in crime. 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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Feb
21

The criminalizing effect of contact with the criminal justice system

Exposure to the criminal justice system itself increases some of the risk factors used to predict recidivism. 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 […]

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Feb
14

Violence in Civil Psychiatric Patients: Mad, Bad, or Both?

This study examined the relationship between thinking styles and violence/aggression among civil psychiatric patients. The results reflect that a higher rate of aggressive incidents was predicted by a higher Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) score Denial of Harm, higher Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) Hostile Suspiciousness cores, and lower educational attainment. In addition, […]

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