Translating Research into Practice

Oct
11

Correlates of Suicidal Ideation among Female Inmates

Female inmates comprise a particularly vulnerable population due to their complex mental health needs, which often elevate their risk for suicide. There has been little research dedicated to examining suicidal ideation among female inmates, despite the clinical concern associated with this topic. The present study sought to investigate correlates of recent suicidal ideation among women […]

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Oct
04

Interview Strategies for Assessing Psychopathic Personality Disturbance in Adolescents

This article provided recommendations for improving interview protocols for the assessment of psychopathic personality disturbance (PPD) among adolescent offenders. These recommendations were based on experiences interviewing adolescents from the Incarcerated Serious and Violent Young Offender Study and related to areas such as establishing and improving rapport, responding to dishonesty, and the importance of follow up […]

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Sep
27

Dr. Nancy Wolff presents keynote address at IAFMHS

Dr. Nancy Wolff presented his keynote address-- Person-First Equals Cost-Effective: It's Simple, Universal, and within Budget -- at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) held in Montreal, Canada from June 25-27, 2019. International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) Keynote Address About Dr. Nancy Wolff Nancy Wolff, Ph.D., an economist and [...]
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Sep
27

Cycle of violence: Exposure to nongun violence contributes to perpetration of gun violence

Addressing differences in exposure to violence in high risk groups in general and within the life experience of specific, targeted adolescents could both have an impact on reducing involvement in gun violence. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Sep
20

An Analysis of Problem-Solving Court Programs

Policymakers, researchers, and legal practitioners should look beyond the name designation of the court and instead focus more on the quality and consistency of program implementation across specialized court programs (SCPs) more generally when deciding what type of program will best serve offenders and the court community. This is the bottom line of a recently […]

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Sep
13

Madmen with guns: The relationship between mental health and mass shootings in the United States

Increasing firearm responsibility and safety and reducing mental health stigma to allow seeking treatment may benefit violence prevention efforts and minimize mass shootings. 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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Sep
06

Race and Ethnicity in Forensic Mental Health Reports: Biasing or Informative?

The reporting of the evaluee’s race or ethnicity (ERE) in forensic mental health reports (FMHR) has risks and benefits, however, few resources provide guidance on when and how to include this information. This article examines the available information on and explores reasons in support of and against including ERE in FMHR. The benefits and potential […]

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Aug
30

Cultural Competence: More than a Catch Phrase

Forensic mental health professionals are increasingly tasked with evaluating defendants who are culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse. There remains, however, little guidance on how to apply cultural competency principals to forensic mental health assessment. This article reviews some of the challenges that arise during such evaluations and practice recommendations that can mitigate these challenges. This […]

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Aug
28

Case Rate – Organize, Calculate, Compare

About Case Rate Case Rate (www.caserate.org), developed by Dr. Neil Gowensmith and his team, is the first mobile app ever designed specifically for forensic evaluators. Case Rate provides evaluators with the ability to improve their practice in a number of different ways. The most powerful feature of Case Rate is reviewing the base rates of [...]
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Aug
23

Translating risk factors into treatment needs for juveniles with sex offenses

Shifting the focus from risk prediction to treatment and remediation can benefit public policy by improving juvenile outcomes, reducing management cost, and providing substantially more reliable input for the court and all providers. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Below is a summary of the […]

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Aug
16

Impact of report framing on juvenile probation officers’ decision making

Findings from this study caution against using negatively framed language in court reports, given its detrimental impacts on JPOs’ perceptions of youths’ compliance and their recommendations to sanction youth and revoke probation. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Aug
09

The Dark Triad of Sex: Psychopathy, Deviant Sexual Interests, and Gender

The present study examined associations between psychopathic traits and deviant sexual interests across gender in a community sample. The results reflect that there was a stronger association between the antisocial facet of psychopathy and deviant sexual interests in women, compared to men. Furthermore, the associations between the interpersonal facet of psychopathy and voyeuristic interests and […]

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