Translating Research into Practice

Jun
05

The Impact of Brain Injury on Behavior Remains Convoluted: Traumatic Brain Injury and Threat/Override Control

This study examined whether self-reported traumatic brain injury (TBI) was associated with psychosis and/or the development of threat/control-override (TCO) symptoms in a sample of delinquent juveniles and early adults. The results reflect that there was an association between TBI and psychotic symptoms; however, TBI was not significantly associated with TCO. Nevertheless, paranoid ideation and psychoticism […]

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Jun
01

#BlackLivesMatter

The racial, economic, and moral injustices Black people, and Indigenous people and People of Color, have experienced in this country are entwined with America’s history of slavery, colonization, racism, and the systemic structures that keep them in place. Our duty, as mental health practitioners, trainers, and helping professionals, is to dismantle these systems as best […]

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Jun
01

Beyond translation: A deeper dive into the cultural considerations of risk-assessment in Latin America

Conducting culturally competent violence risk assessment is a multi-faceted and complex process. Key differences exist not only in the risk profiles of Latin-American offenders but also in the process and ethos around risk assessment by Latin-American professionals. More work is needed to make violence risk assessment measures culturally and geographically appropriate. This is the bottom […]

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May
29

When Assessing Sexual Violence, Guided Clinical Decision Making Can Outperform Algorithms

The RSVP can be reliably used in routine sexual violence risk assessments and produce judgments consistent with those of other actuarial instruments. When selecting risk instruments for use in practice settings, the RSVP may be a good choice in light of its good psychometric properties and its potential utility with respect to risk management planning. […]

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May
25

The fight to remain silent: Individuals with intellectual disability and their involvement in the legal system and custodial interrogations

Information regarding intelligence may be used to predict an individual’s Miranda abilities and emphasized concerns that people with intellectual disability are at a significant risk to make uninformed waivers of their rights. 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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May
22

Available Research Indicates: Psychological Treatment May Not Be Protective Against Stalking Recidivism

Data from 70 clients of Dutch community forensic mental health clinics was used to investigate the prevalence of stalking recidivism, risk factors, and any potential protective effect of psychological treatment. Over 50% of the sample was reported to the police for stalking over a period of two years. Furthermore, no risk factors were significantly related […]

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May
18

Are we meeting the needs of Unaccompanied Minors? What clinicians can do better

Unaccompanied minors emigrating from Latin America carry unique therapeutic needs resulting from their highly vulnerable status. Specialized clinical training and education to these are needed to provide clinicians with the necessary tools to support this distinct population. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Below is [...]
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May
15

Love and marriage: Effects of premarital education promotion policies on divorce rates

Premarital education policies do not necessarily reduce divorce rates partly due to poor policy implementation. 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 […]

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May
08

A Longstanding Clinical Oversight? Protective Factors May be Central to Accurate Violence Risk Assessment

Using a pseudo-prospective design, the predictive and incremental validity of protective factors was explored using the Structured Assessment of Protective Factors (SAPROF) and Historical Clinical Risk Management-20 (HCR-20V3) in 75 male inpatients in a secure setting. Over a 12-month period, protective factors significantly predicted the absence of institutional violence and risk factors, particularly dynamic factors, […]

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May
01

Evaluations of testimony of eyewitnesses who participated in multiple identification procedures

Knowledge of prior outcomes of eyewitnesses’ identifications affects jurors’ evaluation of the eyewitnesses’ identification testimony. 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 […]

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Apr
24

Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout: What causes them and how do we prevent them?

Much research is needed to understand the impact of what is referred to as vicarious trauma (VT), compassion fatigue (CF), and burnout (BO) in forensic mental health professionals. Doing so will assist in efforts to ensure clinicians are engaging in their work competently and professionally. This is the bottom line of a recently published article […]

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Apr
17

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Perpetrators of Violent Offenses: The Other Side of the Coin

Incarcerated offenders are more likely to experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated symptoms than the general population. This study examined the symptoms and predictors of PTSD in 150 male offenders incarcerated for committing a violent offense. Participants rated symptoms of PTSD for acts of reactive and instrumental violence, poorly recalled violence, and subjectively disturbing […]

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