Translating Research into Practice

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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Aug
28

The impact of variations in confession evidence on jurors’ decision-making

Jurors place a heavy weight on consistent confessions, even if confessions have been potentially contaminated during the interrogation process. 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 […]

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Aug
21

Who is more likely to experience seclusion? Research seeks to uncover factors predicting in-patient seclusion in forensic psychiatric units

Factors predicting forensic in-patient seclusion are unclear, however some key demographic and clinical factors have been identified and need further consideration clinically and in research. 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 […]

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Aug
17

Evidence for strengths based approaches? Assessing protective factors in violent offenders

Assessment of protective factors provides an under-utilized but highly effective are of focus for risk management and recidivism reduction. 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 […]

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Aug
10

Additional Insight on the Confluence and Impact of Trauma, Mental Health, and Incarceration

In this study of incarcerated women, childhood and adulthood abuse were associated with the presence of a range of mental health concerns, lending further support for the increased use of trauma-informed treatment approaches with this population. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below […]

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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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