Translating Research into Practice

Aug
30

Cultural Competence: More than a Catch Phrase

Forensic mental health professionals are increasingly tasked with evaluating defendants who are culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse. There remains, however, little guidance on how to apply cultural competency principals to forensic mental health assessment. This article reviews some of the challenges that arise during such evaluations and practice recommendations that can mitigate these challenges. This […]

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Aug
28

Case Rate – Organize, Calculate, Compare

About Case Rate Case Rate (www.caserate.org), developed by Dr. Neil Gowensmith and his team, is the first mobile app ever designed specifically for forensic evaluators. Case Rate provides evaluators with the ability to improve their practice in a number of different ways. The most powerful feature of Case Rate is reviewing the base rates of [...]
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Aug
23

Translating risk factors into treatment needs for juveniles with sex offenses

Shifting the focus from risk prediction to treatment and remediation can benefit public policy by improving juvenile outcomes, reducing management cost, and providing substantially more reliable input for the court and all providers. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Below is a summary of the […]

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Aug
16

Impact of report framing on juvenile probation officers’ decision making

Findings from this study caution against using negatively framed language in court reports, given its detrimental impacts on JPOs’ perceptions of youths’ compliance and their recommendations to sanction youth and revoke probation. 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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Aug
09

The Dark Triad of Sex: Psychopathy, Deviant Sexual Interests, and Gender

The present study examined associations between psychopathic traits and deviant sexual interests across gender in a community sample. The results reflect that there was a stronger association between the antisocial facet of psychopathy and deviant sexual interests in women, compared to men. Furthermore, the associations between the interpersonal facet of psychopathy and voyeuristic interests and […]

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Aug
02

The virtue of similarity: Overcoming resistance in intelligence interviews through cooperative mindset

Creating a relationship with a subject that is based on similarities with the interviewer, rather than on dissimilarities with the target, can overcome barriers to cooperation that stem from affiliation concerns. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Jul
26

Fairness, objectivity, and probability: Perceptions of defendant’s future risk of violence by jurors

When testifying regarding violence risk assessment, the experts are advised to present the information in multiple data formats, including comprehensive risk management plan in conjunction with objective estimates of future behavior, to avoid overestimation of risk by the jurors. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. […]

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Jul
19

A Subpopulation Within a Subpopulation: Working with Women in Forensic Settings

Women’s pathways into and experiences in forensic settings differ from men’s, as they frequently share histories characterized by complex trauma and attachment disturbances. Thus, effective engagement with women requires gender-sensitive techniques, both in assessment and treatment. Some of the challenges that evaluators may face when working with this population include suspiciousness of authority figures and […]

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Jul
12

Helping or hurting: A review of the impact and effectiveness of mental health courts

Mental health courts continue to be the most important interventions for people with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal justice system – however, more precise and well-defined research is needed to understand the overall impact and effectiveness of these interventions. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, […]

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Jul
05

Concerns regarding the potential negative effects of the psychopathy “label” on punishment outcomes may not be deserved

Significant effects on punishment outcomes may be attributable to the general impact of any mental disorder diagnosis, rather than psychopathy specifically. 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. […]

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Jun
28

The first fully randomized field experiment of police interrogations, investigates the impact of video recording

Informing suspects that interrogations are being recorded does not inhibit suspects or alter case dispositions. 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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Jun
21

A Case of Misdiagnosis? Gang Members’ Mental and Emotional Health Needs

A meta-analysis of available literature on gang members’ mental health and emotions reveals that gang members may be at increased risk of suffering from mental illnesses and negative emotions. However, there remains a limited understanding of how gang members’ self-conscious emotions may relate to persistent offending and violence. Gang members may benefit from more clinically […]

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