Translating Research into Practice

Jul
17

Evaluating competency for execution in older offenders in context of dementia

In Madison v. Alabama, SCOTUS decided that offender’s amnesia of the offense does not preclude them from the execution and that the functional abilities, not the mental health diagnosis, should be the court’s focus when deciding on one’s competency for execution. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, […]

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Jul
13

Undiagnosed Symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Underlie More Frequent Engagement in Interpersonal Violence

Compared to their counterparts who were not diagnosed with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), participants diagnosed with ADHD in this Dutch sample demonstrated more frequent psychological, minor physical and clinician rated interpersonal violence (IPV). In addition, the ADHD group had higher rates of various comorbid psychiatric disorders, including a mood disorder, substance use disorder, and personality […]

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Jul
10

Evidence-based group therapy for specific offenses: Are we doing them, and doing them well?

Specific offenses often have distinct criminogenic and therapeutic needs. Group treatments tailored to offense-specific behaviors are needed, but under-utilized and under-researched. 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 […]

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Jul
06

The person behind the badge? Depersonalization and its harms in police culture

Traditional police culture has promoted emotional detachment and depersonalization, particularly in officer-public interactions. The effects of this impacts officer mental health and the relationship of the police within the communities they serve. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. Below is a summary […]

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Jul
03

Psychopathy – Can we treat it? The effects of Compassion-Focused Therapy on detained youth

Psychopathic traits are often thought to be extremely treatment-resistant. However, Compassion-Focused Therapy shows preliminary and promising evidence to be an effective modulator of psychopathic traits in justice-involved youth. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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Jun
29

On the road to better justice: Analyzing common police interrogation techniques

A new proposed effect taxonomy provides insight into 16 commonly used interrogation techniques by dividing them into one of four categories according to how these influence guilty and innocent suspects. 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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Jun
26

Insecure Attachment and Lack of Regret for Committed Crimes: A Precursor to Lack of Remorse?

In a sample of incarcerated Lebanese men, insecure attachment was associated with lower mentalizing capacities. Furthermore, these deficits in mentalizing capacity predicted lack of regret about the crime committed. 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 […]

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Jun
22

Mindfulness in Prisons – Does it work?

Mindfulness-based therapies have grown in popularity over recent years. Evidence shows that they have a particular and effective application to target psychological outcomes and reduce recidivism in forensic populations, especially in groups that are older, female, and/or increase treatment length. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Criminal Justice and Behavior. […]

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Jun
19

The Impact of Extralegal Bias in Assignment to Anger Management

Being African American, Hispanic, or male significantly increases the likelihood of being required to complete anger management therapy as a condition of probation, beyond what would be expected considering their crime, county of jurisdiction, and judge presiding over the case. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. […]

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Jun
15

The role of risk assessment instruments and algorithms in criminal justice decision making.

Providing judges with risk assessment information about a defendant increased the severity of their sentences for relatively poor— but not affluent— defendants. 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 […]

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Jun
12

Increasing emotional support and rapport building in forensic interviews of child abuse victims

Utilizing the Revised National Institute of Child and Health Development Protocol while interviewing alleged child abuse victims increased the odds that children would make allegations and that their statements would be deemed credible. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the […]

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Jun
08

Crazy, Dangerous, or Intoxicated? How Police Assess for Mental Illness

Improved education, communication, and training are needed for police officers to effectively and safely assess for mental illness while on duty. This is the bottom line of a 2018 published article in Victims & Offenders. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured […]

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