Translating Research into Practice

Feb
07

Risk assessment tools: Harmful or Helpful?

Use of a risk assessment tool for pre or post-trial decisions may help reduce rates of incarceration while still protecting public safety. However, there is a strong need for more rigorous research before clear conclusions can be drawn. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is […]

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Jan
31

Predicting the risk of being placed in solitary confinement

A robust, easy-to-use, simple scale can be developed to assess the risk for being placed in administrative segregation among inmates. 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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Jan
24

Are Brain Abnormalities Implicated in Interpersonal Violence? Results of an Imaging Study

The present study investigated the prevalence and nature of structural brain abnormalities (SBAs) in batterers using neuroimaging methods. The results reflect that SBAs are not strongly or specifically associated with interpersonal violence, and it is unlikely responsible for the differences in brain functioning between batterers and other offenders observed in past research. This is the […]

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Jan
17

One size cannot fit all: Investigative interview techniques with minimally verbal adults

Minimally verbal adults can provide useful event-related information when interviewed using appropriate techniques. 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 […]

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Jan
10

The Neuropsychology of Anger: Looking Through the Lens of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The present study examined the relationship between anger and neuropsychological functioning in adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Trait anger and anger out were both found to have a significant relationship to shifting attention and anxiety. In addition, anger control was found to have a significant relationship to response inhibition. These findings have the […]

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Jan
03

Integration of the Risk-Need-Responsivity Principles Into Juvenile Probation Case Planning

Researchers should use implementation science methods to create and test decision-making supports that could improve fidelity to risk reduction practices. 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 […]

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Dec
27

A route to police abuse? The relation between police officers’ concern appearing racist and their attitude about use of force

Negative stereotypes of police officers can potentially undermine officer morale and public safety. 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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Dec
20

Facilitating disclosure among adolescent victims of sex trafficking

Novel interviewing approaches for youth who have been victims of sex trafficking, as well as better communication between researchers and practitioners, are needed to improve identification of the youth victims, increase their willingness to disclose, and provide necessary interventions. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. […]

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Dec
13

No Neurocognitive Blueprint for Crime: Significant Differences in Executive Functioning Between Two Forensic Populations

The current study compared the inhibition, shifting, and working memory components of executive function (EF) of forensic psychiatric patients and correctional offenders. The authors also compared these two criminal groups to a normative sample. Forensic psychiatric patients demonstrated poorer performance on EF compared to correctional offenders and performed the most poorly on measures of shifting. […]

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Dec
06

Lend me your ears: Relationship between the presence of audio track and perception of police brutality in arrest videos

Perceived level of forced used by police is influenced by presence or absence of the audio feed in arrest videos. 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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Nov
29

The importance of fostering positive police-youth interventions

Mothers’ attitudes toward police shape their children’s attitudes. This is particularly important because when their sons were rearrested, mothers had more negative attitudes toward the police than when sons were not rearrested. 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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Nov
22

Adapting DBT for Stalking Offenders

This study demonstrated that stalking recidivism and stalking-related violence can be reduced through effective intervention. However, the specific type of intervention used may be less important than the rigor of the intervention. 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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