Translating Research into Practice

Dec
16

Forensic Risk Assessments Must Account for Cultural Considerations

A Canadian court recently ruled that risk assessment instruments must take cultural considerations into account in order to be used properly [Note: This decision was recently overturned]. The ruling may have widespread implications on the use of existing measures in forensic evaluations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public […]

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Dec
09

Experience Trumps Science in Influencing Jurors

Forensic science match evidence presented by a highly experienced examiner with an impressive background was judged to be stronger and more persuasive than identical evidence presented by a less experienced examiner with a less impressive background. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a […]

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Dec
02

V-Risk-10 Screening Tool Shows Promising Results in Acute Psychiatric Ward

A violence risk screening tool, the V-RISK-10, shows promising results for both men and women in an acute psychiatric setting. This is the bottom line of a published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Nov
25

Police-induced Confessions can Strip Innocent Confessors of Vital Exculpatory Evidence

Police-induced confessions can strip an innocent confessor of a vital source of exculpatory evidence, an alibi witness. 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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Nov
18

Gender Not a Significant Moderator for Predicting Violence in Insanity Acquittees

Gender is not a significant moderator for predicting violence using the HCR-20-V3 in insanity acquittees. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article| International Journal […]

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Nov
11

Gender Equality is an Inequality in Risk Assessment

PCRA strongly predicts arrests for both genders, but overestimates women’s likelihood of 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 and Human Behavior | […]

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Nov
04

Adversarial Allegiance May Be More Likely When Evidence Is Flawed

Evidence features may have an effect on the presence of adversarial allegiance in forensic evaluators. 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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Oct
28

SIRS-2 Not as Useful as SIRS for Identifying Feigned Psychopathology

Although the SIRS-2 contains scales that are more specific and practical for identifying feigning and non-feigning profiles, it is not as useful as the SIRS for identifying feigned psychopathology in forensic clients. 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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Oct
21

Negligence Judgments by Judges Biased by Hindsight

Negligence judgments by judges were biased by hindsight. 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, and Law | 2016, Vol. 22, […]

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Oct
14

Outpatient Competency Restoration Shows Promising Outcomes

Outpatient competency restoration programs (OCRP’s) demonstrate high competency restoration rates, low program failure rates, and financial savings for state institutions. 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. […]

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Oct
07

Time Sensitive Dynamic Risk Factors May Help Predict Adverse Outcomes When Releasing Forensic Patients Into The Community

Dynamic risk factors, measured over several points in time, may help to predict risks of violence and hospital readmission for forensic patients being released into the community. 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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Sep
30

Are forensic judgments susceptible to biases derived from social stereotypes?

Criminal stereotypes are a potential source of bias in forensic evidence analysis and suggest that suspects who fit criminal stereotypes may be disadvantaged over the course of the criminal justice process. 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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