Translating Research into Practice

Oct
23

At what cost? Insanity defense evaluations for misdemeanor charges

Evaluations of legal sanity addressing only misdemeanor charges are not rare and appear distinct from sanity evaluations addressing more serious offenses. Misdemeanor charges appear to be associated with higher rates of defendant psychosis and insanity. Thus, results raise questions about the appropriateness of pursuing potentially costly, and resource-intensive, insanity defenses for misdemeanor charges, and whether […]

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Oct
15

Mindfulness Activity #197

Mindfulness with Light There is a difference between noticing something and being mindful. Being mindful involves noticing as something happens (not making sense of your experience afterwards) and it involves noticing without judgment. Today’s practice is to use your senses to take in light and shadows without judgment… If you can do this practice outside, […]

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Oct
13

eHealth in the Forensic Context – What are our Next Steps?

eHealth and Telehealth technologies are booming in the clinical psychological field, however unique considerations are needed in the forensic context. 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 research […]

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Oct
07

Investigative Interviewing with Minimally Verbal Adults – Best Practices and New Findings

Investigative interviewing with minimally verbal adults requires a unique scaffolding approach for recalling repeated events of victimization. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law em>. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article […]

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Oct
01

Sexually Violent Predator Commitment – What We Know and What Works

Sexually Violent Predator commitment evaluations are intended to ensure public safety and identify the risk of recidivism. However, SVP commitment may not be the most effective way of doing so. 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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Sep
30

Mindfulness Activity #189

Befriending Your Experience Good morning. The great mindfulness teacher, Jon Kabat Zinn described mindfulness as, “a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” I think this is a nice way to think about the practices we have been doing. Sometimes we can find a way to try to control ourselves, even when we choose the […]

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Sep
21

Remote Psychological Testing in COVID-19: The MMPI Example

The COVID-19 pandemic created an emergent need for teleservices in psychology, and with that novel challenges to psychological testing. These challenges can be navigated with adherence to best practices and guidelines. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Sep
14

Parental incarceration increases risk for juvenile delinquency – particularly for Latinx youth

Sensation seeking, exposure to violence, and parent-child relationship quality were linked to later delinquency among Puerto Rican youth and may be useful targets for prevention programs within this population. 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 […]

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Sep
11

Mindfulness Activity #173

Shoshin Hello. Sometimes we might find ourselves stuck in negative thinking patterns. Often, these thoughts are negative or include judgments. We may see activities, people, and things as if we already know everything we need to know about them. When this happens we either disconnect and distance or we relate to the person or task […]

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Sep
11

What psychotherapeutic interventions should target when treating people with mental illness and criminal justice involvement

To be most successful, when treating criminal justice-involved people with mental illness, practitioners should assess and treat not only symptoms associated with their mental illness, but their criminal risk as well. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]

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Sep
07

Fit to wear the badge? Assessing police candidate suitability with the MMPI-2-RF and CPI during preemployment screenings

The combined use the MMPI-2-RF and the CPI are effective tools for preemployment screening of police and public safety personnel. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the Journal of Personality Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Aug
31

Is Violence Risk Assessment the same across gender? A Meta-analysis of the HCR-20 V3 in female forensic populations

The HCR-20 V3, supplemented by the FAM, is an appropriate tool to be used in female forensic populations, however, more research is needed in this area. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the Journal of Forensic Psychology and Research. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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