Translating Research into Practice

Aug
03

Damned if you don’t: False guilty pleas among exonerees

False guilty pleas increase stigmatization of exonerees and limit their access to services post-exoneration. 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 Article | Psychology, Public Policy, […]

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Promise for Remote Assessment of Self-Injury: Reliability and Validity of the SITBI-R in both Interview and Online Format

Interview and Online assessment of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors show equal validity and reliability. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Psychological Assessment | 2020, Vol. 32, […]

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Jul
27

Capacity to classify feigned symptoms of mental illness and/or cognitive impairment using the Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology

Specific cut-off scores used in prior research to classify individuals as faking did not work particularly well, suggesting that further research is needed before the Rare Symptoms [RS] and Symptom Combinations [SC] scales of The Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS) can be used in applied settings. This is the bottom line of a recently […]

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Jul
24

A National Survey of Child Forensic Interviewers: Implications for Research, Practice, and Law

Child forensic interviewers often want, find helpful, and have access to pre-interview information about the child, alleged abuse, and disclosure. This information might help interviewers facilitate conversations with reluctant children and generate alternative hypotheses, but it also has the potential to compromise the accuracy of children’s reports. This is the bottom line of a recently […]

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Jul
20

How may colonialism factor into Indigenous youth risk for violence? Validation with the SAVRY in an Indigenous youth sample

The SAVRY provides an adequate assessment of violence in Indigenous male and female youth; however, more Indigenous culturally sensitive protocols, tools, and an awareness of the longstanding effects of colonialism are needed when working with Indigenous populations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of […]

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Jul
17

Evaluating competency for execution in older offenders in context of dementia

In Madison v. Alabama, SCOTUS decided that offender’s amnesia of the offense does not preclude them from the execution and that the functional abilities, not the mental health diagnosis, should be the court’s focus when deciding on one’s competency for execution. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, […]

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Jul
13

Undiagnosed Symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Underlie More Frequent Engagement in Interpersonal Violence

Compared to their counterparts who were not diagnosed with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), participants diagnosed with ADHD in this Dutch sample demonstrated more frequent psychological, minor physical and clinician rated interpersonal violence (IPV). In addition, the ADHD group had higher rates of various comorbid psychiatric disorders, including a mood disorder, substance use disorder, and personality […]

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Jul
10

Evidence-based group therapy for specific offenses: Are we doing them, and doing them well?

Specific offenses often have distinct criminogenic and therapeutic needs. Group treatments tailored to offense-specific behaviors are needed, but under-utilized and under-researched. 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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Jul
06

The person behind the badge? Depersonalization and its harms in police culture

Traditional police culture has promoted emotional detachment and depersonalization, particularly in officer-public interactions. The effects of this impacts officer mental health and the relationship of the police within the communities they serve. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. Below is a summary […]

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Jul
03

Psychopathy – Can we treat it? The effects of Compassion-Focused Therapy on detained youth

Psychopathic traits are often thought to be extremely treatment-resistant. However, Compassion-Focused Therapy shows preliminary and promising evidence to be an effective modulator of psychopathic traits in justice-involved youth. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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Jun
29

On the road to better justice: Analyzing common police interrogation techniques

A new proposed effect taxonomy provides insight into 16 commonly used interrogation techniques by dividing them into one of four categories according to how these influence guilty and innocent suspects. 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 […]

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Jun
26

Insecure Attachment and Lack of Regret for Committed Crimes: A Precursor to Lack of Remorse?

In a sample of incarcerated Lebanese men, insecure attachment was associated with lower mentalizing capacities. Furthermore, these deficits in mentalizing capacity predicted lack of regret about the crime committed. 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 […]

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